The Latest SMAC News

Disabled Doctors Were Called Too ‘Weak’ To Be In Medicine. It’s Hurting The Entire System - by Wendy Lu of the Huffington Post

More than a dozen doctors with disabilities say discrimination, lack of support and “grind culture” make it nearly impossible to thrive in their chosen careers.

July 22, 2021

Establishing Equity in Medical Education — Supporting Clinical Trainees with Disabilities - by Suchita Rastogi, Ph.D

March 11, 2021

The first time I broke bad news in a health care setting, it wasn’t to a patient; it was to my medical school classmate.

MedStaff Spotlight: Dr. Peter Poullos  

August 7, 2020

Stanford Medicine applauds the progress made toward a more accessible and equitable society, even as we recognize that much more work must be done to eliminate discrimination against people living with disabilities. According to SMAC's Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Peter Poullos, "Each of us brings a unique viewpoint based on our life experiences – be it with race, ethnicity, religious practice, health or ability."

Accommodating Medical Professionals with Pre-Existing Health Conditions in the Coronavirus Pandemic

May 7, 2020


Hospitals Need to Keep Doctors With Preexisting Conditions off the Front Lines

April 20, 2020

Peter Poullos, MD,  Clinical Associate Professor, is Founder and Executive Director of the Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition (SMAC), a group composed of people with disabilities and their allies at Stanford Medicine.  "I consider myself strong and resilient, having lived through the experience of rehabilitating and rebuilding my life after my accident. I am also generally “healthy”—I do not have a chronic illness." Read more...

At Department of Medicine’s diversity and inclusion week, challenging conventional wisdom

February 7, 2020

“Great minds think differently.” If there was a unifying idea expressed by speakers at the Department of Medicine’s first diversity and inclusion week, it was probably that. Read More...

American Kidney Fund Ambassador and Recipient of the 2019 Hero of Hope Award:  Ken Sutha

December 13, 2019

The 2019 Hope Affair was a really fantastic and special event, this year in particular for me as a  pediatrician, because so much of the program focused on children impacted by kidney disease. 


A celebration of disability at Stanford Medicine

August 19, 2019

Ken Sutha, MD, an instructor in pediatric nephrology, has received two kidney transplants and has undergone dialysis. Though his disability is intermittent, he says, "I have come to embrace the title disabled. There's collective power in embracing that title, in owning it." Read More...

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