Pfeiffer Visiting Scholar Lecture Series

Cultural Competence Education

The Stanford University School of Medicine and the Office of Diversity in Medical Education sponsors a quarterly lecture series in which distinguished minority faculty members and scholars from across the country deliver academic presentations on topics relating to minority health. This program was instituted to bring prominent minority faculty and scholars to meet with Stanford’s medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty during the academic year. All scholars are chosen by the School of Medicine’s minority medical student groups, and diversity residents from the following groups:

Scholars are chosen based on their scholarly work and expertise on issues pertaining to the health care needs of minority communities.


The Pfeiffer Visiting Scholar lecture is scheduled during the academic year in conjunction with on-campus activities that celebrate and highlight the history and contributions of our diversity communities - Latinos, African Americans, Native American, Asian Americans, LGBTQ and Muslim Americans. In Fall quarter, prominent scholars are invited to present during the annual Diversity Week at the Stanford School of Medicine. In the Winter quarter a Pfeiffer Visiting Scholar is invited to present at the Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance (SUMMA) Conference that is held every February. In the Spring quarter a Pfeiffer Visiting Scholar is invited to present at the annual Diversity Inclusion Forum (DIF).

Value for Audiences

Presentations given by the Pfeiffer scholar is open to the Stanford community including the greater bay area. In addition, time is given during the visit for Stanford minority medical students and undergraduates to meet with the scholar in an informal setting. These informal meetings allow for dialogue between academic role models and students. The Pfeiffer scholar is also given the opportunity to meet with other prominent faculty, staff, and members of the Stanford community.

Pfeiffer presentations are wonderful opportunity for the Stanford and greater bay area community to learn more about the health care needs of minority groups in the United States. It is also an opportunity for the transfer of knowledge, experience, and history to future minority physicians. Open to all members of the Stanford medical community, this quarterly lecture series features minority faculty and scholars from all over the country. Speakers deliver academic presentations on topics relating to minority health, meet informally with attendees, and discuss a variety of subjects regarding career choices and medical issues.

Previous Guest Scholars

  • Nicole Stern, M.D., Member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe of New Mexico. Fellowship in childhood obesity in American Indians.
  • Dr. Ka-Kit Hui, M.D., F.A.C.P. Wallis Annenberg Chair in Integrative East-West Medicine. Professor, Founder & Director, Center for East-West Medicine. Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine. Chair, Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine UCLA
  • Vanessa N. Gamble, Vice President for Community and Minority Programs, Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Benjamin Carson, M.D., Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • David E. Hayes-Bautista, Ph.D., Hispanic researcher.
  • Joseph T. Bell, M.D., president of the Association of American Indian Physicians.
  • Lonnie R. Bristow, M.D., African-American former president of the American Medical Association.

Additional Information

For more information regarding the Pfeiffer Lecture Series, please contact Mark Gutierrez, Director of the Office of Diversity in Medical Education (ODME).

Pfeiffer Lectures

Fall: Diversity Week

Winter: Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance (SUMMA) Conference

Spring: Diversity Inclusion Forum (DIF)