Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Message from our Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Dear all,

Never has there been a time when we have been asked to question so deeply who we are at our core and how we wish to weave our life stories, our humanity, our morality, our very essence into the fabric of the community we wish to build.  The COVID pandemic has served to highlight the racial, ethnic, gender, and socio-economic disparities and tensions that plague our global community.  The recent fires in California have further etched out these divides, but we will not be razed to the ground as a society.  Now, more than ever, we look to our academic communities in the sciences and humanities to provide the data and the resources we need to rise together.  

It is in this spirit, we call to action the reaffirmation and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion in the fabric we are weaving at Stanford Ophthalmology, Stanford Medical School and Stanford Hospital and Clinics.

We DO NOT discriminate on the basis of differences in age, ability, gender identity and expression, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, religion, immigration status, sexual orientation.  We promote and seek to attract and educate trainees, faculty, and staff who will make the population of health care professionals representative of the national population and diversify the healthcare workforce.

We are broad in our diversity, but we are beautifully defined in our unity.  We must celebrate the undeniable fact that the power of each of our life threads weaves strength into the fabric of our community.

Our department supports AUPO and AAMC in our uniform mission to educate our trainees, care for our patients, and lead in research efforts to eliminate systemic racism and health care disparities in our academic communities.

Ann Caroline Fisher, MD
Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Office of Faculty Development and Diversity (OFDD) Liaison

The OFDD Liaisons are appointed by School of Medicine Clinical Department Chairs to serve as departmental representatives that liaise between the Chairs, members of their specific department, and the OFDD to assist with faculty concerns, ideas, and the advancement of excellence at Stanford School of Medicine. Dr. Fisher works directly with our Chair, Dr. Jeffrey Goldberg, to enhance faculty development and leadership in the department, at Stanford University, and around the world. We have faculty participating in the Early Career AAMC Women's forum leadership training, K08 grant-writing workshops, and other venues. We host regular Grand rounds for faculty and staff on topics such as diversity, community, and unconscious bias. We hold ourselves to the highest standards when it comes to creating a healthy, inclusive, and supportive culture. Our department regularly reviews a diversity dashboard, and ensures our search committees—from resident to faculty searches—review best practices for recruitment and retention of faculty. For our department, diversity drives excellence.

OFDD Liaison 
Ann Caroline Fisher, MD
Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Read statements from our leading academic organizations:

Department Research & Discourse on Healthcare Disparities & DEI

Rajeshuni N, Whittemore AS, Ludwig CA, Mruthyunjaya P, Moshfeghi DM. Racial, Ethnic, and Socioeconomic Disparities in Retinoblastoma Enucleation: A Population-Based Study, SEER 18 2000-2014. Am J Ophthalmol. 2019 Nov;207:215-223. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2019.04.015. Epub 2019 May 9. PMID: 31077666.

Evaluation of Racial, Ethnic, and Socioeconomic Associations With Treatment and Survival in Uveal Melanoma, 2004-2014

Rajeshuni N, Zubair T, Ludwig CA, Moshfeghi DM, Mruthyunjaya P. Evaluation of Racial, Ethnic, and Socioeconomic Associations With Treatment and Survival in Uveal Melanoma, 2004-2014. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2020;138(8):876–884. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.2254

Association of Visual Impairment With Risk of Incident Dementia in a Women’s Health Initiative Population

Tran EM, Stefanick ML, Henderson VW, et al. Association of Visual Impairment With Risk of Incident Dementia in a Women’s Health Initiative Population. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2020;138(6):624–633. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.0959

Progress Towards Parity Female Representation in the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Azad, Amee D. B.A.*; Rosenblatt, Tatiana R. B.A.*; Chandramohan, Arthika M.D., M.P.H.*; Fountain, Tamara R. M.D.†; Kossler, Andrea L. M.D.* Progress Towards Parity, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: July 13, 2020 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue - doi: 10.1097/IOP.0000000000001764

Sex Differences in the Repair of Retinal Detachments in the United States

Callaway, Natalia & Vail, Daniel & Al-Moujahed, Ahmad & Ludwig, Cassie & Ji, Marco & Mahajan, Vinit & Pershing, Suzann & Moshfeghi, Darius. (2020). Sex Differences in the Repair of Retinal Detachments in the United States. American Journal of Ophthalmology. 219. 10.1016/j.ajo.2020.06.039.

Nonmydriatic Photographic Screening for Diabetic Retinopathy in Pregnant Patients with Pre-Existing Diabetes in a Safety Net Population: 1 Year Results from the Diabetic Retinopathy in Pregnant Patients Study

Malini Veerappan Pasricha, Jodi So, David Myung, Andrea Jelks, and Carolyn K. Pan.Women's Health Reports.Oct 2020.436-443.http://doi.org/10.1089/whr.2020.0082

The Current State of Women in Ophthalmology

(left to right) Arthika Chandramohan, MD, and Andrea Kossler, MD, FACS, pose for a photo. Chandramohan presented research on "The Current State of Women in Ophthalmology."

A Question of Color: Understanding Racial Injustice, Healthcare Disparities, and Glaucoma

The first session in a two-part webinar series tackling social injustice and healthcare disparities.

Resident Engagement in DEI

First graduating class of all women!

Class of 2020 Residents (left to right): Angelica Ortiz, MD, Arthika Chandramohan, MD, Cassie Ann Ludwig, MD, MS, and Luo Luo Zheng, MD.

Other Resident Highlights

Giancarlo Garcia, MD, presents at ASOPRS on "Ocular and Orbital Toxicity from External-Beam Radiation Therapy."

Cassie Ann Ludwig, MD, MS, presents research on "Paracentral Acute Middle Maculopathy Associated with Anti-Phospholipid Syndrome."

Luo Luo Zheng, MD, presents research on "Dome-Shaped Maculopathy."

Angelica Ortiz, MD, presents research on "Tubulointerstitial Nephritis and Uveitis Syndrome with Associated Retinal Vasculitis."

Residency Program Director

Suzann Pershing, MD

SCORE: Building the Future Pipeline into Residency

In partnership with the Stanford Clinical Opportunity for Residency Experience (SCORE), the funded visiting ophthalmology clerkship program is designed to give students a chance to experience the exceptional training that Stanford Ophthalmology has to offer. It also provides Stanford ophthalmology residents and faculty a chance to form a close working relationship with each student.

Women in Ophthalmology

Working with our Department Chair, Dr. Goldberg, Dr. Kossler and Dr. Carolyn Pan have provided numerous events for residents and faculty such as panels on career development and career choices in ophthalmology, as well as working sessions to review and build CVs with our residents and faculty.

WIO Photo Highlights

Andrea Kossler, MD, (3rd from right) receives the Mentorship Award at the annual WIO Symposium in San Diego, CA in summer of 2017. Read more here

WIO 2019

Front Row (left to right): Shannon Beres, MD, Arthika Chandramohan, MD, Luo Luo Zheng, MD, and Angelica Ortiz, MD

Back Row (left to right): Andrea Kossler, MD, FACS, Artis Montague, MD, PhD, Heather Moss, MD, PhD, Carolyn Pan, MD, and Irma Muminovic, MD


EnVision Summit: "Empowering Women"- Puerto Rico

Andrea Kossler, MD, FACS, presents at the EnVision Summit.

Deborah Alcorn, MD, presents at the EnVision Summit.

NANOS Women in Neuro-Ophthalmology Committee

NANOS 2020 Women in Neuro-Ophthalmology Committee, Heather Moss, MD, PhD (3rd from right).

(left to right): Heather Moss, MD, PhD, Shannon Beres, MD, and Lakshmi Leishangthem, MD

Joyce Liao, MD, PhD, presenting remotely at NANOS 2020

Department Contacts:  

Andrea Kossler, MD

Carolyn Pan, MD

OFDD Community Support Initiative

Resources and Organizational Links

Upcoming Events

· American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring for Students - The application for the Class of 2021 will open in November 2020.