Diana Farid MD, MPH is a physician, filmmaker and writer. She is a staff physician at the Stanford Vaden Health Center, clinical assistant professor in the Stanford Department of Medicine, assistant director of Stanford School of Medicine's Program in Bioethics and Film, Medicine and the Muse Program in Medical Humanities and the Arts, Center for Biomedical Ethics. She holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Berkeley. She was awarded a fellowship by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human services to obtain a Masters in Public Health and serve as a Child and Family Health Leadership Fellow at UCLA, focusing on community health sciences and health communications. She has provided public health education and health care in rural villages in Honduras, promoted peace in the Ukraine and Malaysia, served at an international school in China, worked at the US Agency for International Development in human rights and has had active roles at both Physicians for Social Responsibility and Physicians for Human Rights. She has cared for patients in a wide range of clinic settings including at the Los Angeles Free Clinic, Kaiser, private and university affiliated practices. Her teaching experience includes having served for two years as "Doctoring" course faculty to first year UCLA medical students. As a physician consultant for "The Media Project,” Advocates for Youth, Diana worked with television and film writers and producers to promote adolescent health through entertainment, providing on and off camera expertise on adolescent health issues. As a producer with FiddleHeadFern Productions, she produced her debut feature length documentary film, AMERICAN RHYTHMS (2009) (, which explores the positive impact of music on a group of 5th grade students at a Los Angeles urban elementary school. Her debut picture book WHEN YOU BREATHE (Cameron + Kids) is scheduled for a fall 2020 publication.

Clinical Focus

  • Family Medicine

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Assistant Director, Program in Bioethics and Film, Medicine and the Muse, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics (2018 - Present)
  • Affiliated Faculty, Program in Bioethics and Film, Medicine and the Muse, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics (2016 - Present)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Member, Medicine and the Muse Steering Committee (2018 - Present)
  • Member, The Pegasus Physician Writers at Stanford (2016 - Present)
  • Member, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (2013 - Present)

Professional Education

  • Fellowship:UCLA-Child and Family Health Leadership Training Program (2005) CA
  • Residency:UCLA-Santa Monica (2003) CA
  • Internship:University of California San Diego (2001) CA
  • Medical Education:Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (2000) IL
  • Masters in Public Health, UCLA, Public Health, Community Health, Health Communications (2005)
  • Board Certification: Family Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine (2003)


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