Board of Directors

Board of Directors Officers

Peter D. Poullos, MD

Founder and Co-Chair

Dr. Poullos is a native of Stockton, California. He attended Santa Clara University, then received his M.D. degree at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He did an Internal Medicine residency at the University of California-San Francisco, finishing in 2002. He stayed at UCSF as a Gastroenterology fellow but, after a spinal cord injury, he decided to retrain in Radiology. He did his Radiology residency at Stanford University, where he also completed a fellowship In Body Imaging in 2009. Dr. Poullos is now faculty in both the departments of Radiology, Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Dr. Poullos served as Associate Residency Program Director for the Stanford University Radiology Residency from 2009 through 2016.  He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition, which he founded in 2018. He currently serves on the Stanford School of Medicine Faculty Senate and the School of Medicine Diversity Cabinet. He also has a strong interest in medical education and enjoys the opportunity to teach medical students, residents, and fellows.

Ken Sutha, MD, PhD


Ken Sutha, MD, PhD  serves as co-chair of SMADIE and is passionate about mentorship and disability advocacy. He is a board certified pediatric nephrologist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford (LPCH) and Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, CA. He completed his undergraduate degree at Yale University and MD/PhD training in Biomedical Engineering at Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology before pursing residency in pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. He then moved to Stanford for his pediatric nephrology fellowship, where he has remained as faculty and now devotes his time to a combination of patient care, advocacy, and research. In addition to his clinical duties at LPCH, which has performed the largest volume of pediatric kidney transplants in the US over the past 5 years, he serves on the LPCH Ethics Committee, the National Kidney Foundation Transplant Advisory Committee, and the American Society of Nephrology Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, as well as on the board of the American Living Organ Donor Fund. Additionally, he has been recognized nationally for his advocacy as the 2019 American Kidney Fund Hero of Hope and for his research as an American Society of Nephrology Jared J. Grantham Research Scholar.


Doug Neu

Vice Chair

Doug Neu is a Senior Informatics Educator for Stanford Healthcare, focused on Epic training and support for Inpatient/Labor & Delivery nurses and staff. He has been hard-of-hearing (deaf in right ear) since birth but have not always identified as disabled. In his free time Doug enjoys reading and hiking.

Jody Greenhalgh, OTR/L, MCP

At large officer

Ms Jody Greenhalgh is an Occupational Therapist at Stanford Healthcare. She attended San Jose State University for her Occupational Therapy degree, Notre Dame De Namur University for her Psychology masters degree and on sabbatical from her doctoral studies at Saybrook University. Jody is thrilled to be part of Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition. SMAC matches her passion in fostering equal treatment and well-being for all - regardless of differences, advocating for disability accommodations, providing service resources and combating health injustices. This aligns with Jody’s Motto of "Living life fully, independently, inclusively and limitless”.

Board of Directors Members

Shaila R. Kotadia, PhD

Shaila Kotadia, PhD, is the Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) for the School of Medicine Human Resources Group, whose role is focused specifically on providing support to all SoM staff. She focuses on the School’s capacity to do JEDI work, seeks to dismantle bias in our systems, processes, and procedures, and aims to provide strategic support to departments and teams and individual support to staff. Dr. Kotadia is excited to be a member of SMAC to be an advocate for disability justice and to bring about transformational change to Stanford Medicine - she is also extremely grateful for SMAC inviting her into their community.

Suchita Rastogi, PhD

Suchita Rastogi is a clinical phase MD/PhD student at Stanford University. A basic scientist by training, she spent her dissertation years using single cell RNA sequencing to examine how the microscopic brain parasite Toxoplasma gondii hijacks host cells without infecting them. A teacher at heart, she also has 10 years of experience in science and medical education. Her lived experience navigating college, graduate school, and medical school with multiple chronic illnesses inspired her to advocate for her medical school classmates with disabilities, pivot into disability scholarship, and join the SMADIE Board of Directors. In 2021, she cofounded the Disability in Medicine Mutual Mentorship Program (DM3P), an innovative and much-needed platform to provide disabled clinicians and trainees professional and emotional support. Running DM3P has and continues to be her most meaningful accomplishment. Outside of her academic work and advocacy, she enjoys meditation, embroidery, watercoloring, singing, and finding ways to make her family and caregivers laugh.


Arghavan Salles, MD, PhD

Dr. Salles trained as a minimally invasive and bariatric surgeon. She completed medical school and residency in general surgery at Stanford prior to completing her fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. She stayed on faculty at Washington University for three years prior to moving back to Stanford in 2019.During the pandemic, Dr. Salles has served as a disaster relief physician, caring for patients with COVID in the ICU. Dr. Salles obtained a PhD in education from Stanford University during her residency training, and her research focuses on gender equity, implicit bias, diversity, inclusion, and physician well-being. She is on the board of the Stanford Medicine Alliance for Disability Inclusion and Equity. Her R01 grant from the NIH focuses on sexual harassment. She is a sought-after speaker and has given over 100 national and international invited talks related to gender equity, physician well-being, and weight bias. She currently serves as the Special Advisor for DEI Programs at the Stanford University Department of Medicine where she is a Clinical Associate Professor.

Laurie Leventhal-Belfer, PhD

Laurie Leventhal-Belfer, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in taking a developmental perspective in understanding children, adolescents, adults, and their families as they grapple with daily stresses, medical and mental health issues, challenges adapting to school, interacting with colleagues at work, and making friends.

Dr. Leventhal-Belfer, known as Dr. Laurie to many children and their parents, has a private practice in Palo Alto. She is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. In addition, she is the founder and director of The Friends Program, a therapeutic group program for young children with high-functioning Autism/Asperger's and their parents. Dr. Leventhal-Belfer has developed and taught many professional training courses and has written several books and articles in her areas of expertise.

2022-2023 SMADIE Intern

Louis Tan

Louis Tan is a first generation, premed student who grew up in the Bay Area. He was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease as a child, which has helped shape his desire to pursue medicine as a career. He is passionate about educating underserved populations, and learning about how new technologies have the potential to revolutionize science and medicine. As a hobby, he likes to tinker with different aspects of art and design.

Louis attended the February 2020 SUMMA Conference at Stanford University, where he met Dr. Poullos. Inspired by Dr. Poullos’ story, he reached out to see how he could contribute to SMADIE. Currently, Louis manages and provides creative input for SMADIE’s social media channels.