Diana Farid MD, MPH is a physician, filmmaker and writer. She is a staff physician at the Stanford Vaden Health Center and clinical assistant professor in the Stanford Department of Medicine. 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 serve as a Child and Family Health Leadership Fellow at UCLA while earning a Masters in Public Health 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. At UCLA, she served as Doctoring course faculty to first year UCLA medical students.

She is dedicated to creating and amplifying those stories that move humanity towards health. 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. Her debut feature length documentary film production as part of FiddleHeadFern Productions, AMERICAN RHYTHMS (2009) (, explores the positive impact of music on a group of 5th grade students at a Los Angeles urban elementary school. As the Assistant Director of Stanford School of Medicine?s Program in Bioethics and Film, she coordinated events and experiences that supported the role of film in medical and public health education. She was a lead producer of the 2018 Stanford Frankenstein@200 film screening series and panels. She writes poetry, essays and picture books. Her debut picture book WHEN YOU BREATHE (Cameron + Kids) will be published in the fall of 2020.

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 - 2019)
  • Affiliated Faculty, Program in Bioethics and Film, Medicine and the Muse, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics (2016 - Present)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

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