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 in order 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, specifically

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 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 chosen by LMSA and LGBTQ medical student groups.  LMSA’s Pfeiffer Scholar presents on Latino health care issues and the visit is scheduled in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month. LGBTQ-Meds also select a Pfeiffer Scholar to present on LGBTQ health care issues, which coincides with LGBT History Month.  In winter quarter a prominent speaker chosen by SNMA presents on issues affecting the African American Community, which coincideswith activities celebrating Black History Month. In the spring quarter a scholar is chosen by SAIMS presents on Native American health issues. The visit and presentation isscheduled during the Pow-Wow week at Stanford University. Also in the spring quarter, a scholar is chosen by APAMSA to present on Asian American health issues.

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, Assistant Director of the Office of Diversity in Medical Education (ODME).

Pfeiffer Lectures

Fall: LSMA/LGBT-Meds