Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Diversity improves the educational experience, strengthens our teams, makes us more effective problem solvers and helps us take care of those in need.
We value diversity and are accepting of all human differences such as race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, geography, disability and age.
We recognize that equity and social justice in our communities are essential to the health of our patients and the public at large.
The Department of Surgery is committed to creating an environment that fosters belonging, respect and value for all.
We're working hard but we know we still have much to do
The Division of General Surgery Residency Program begins attending AMEC/SNMA each year
Samuel L. Kountz Scholarship is created
Dr. Matias Bruzoni opens Stanford's Hispanic Clinic for Pediatric Surgery, a center with bilingual health care providers.
Dr. Sherry Wren is named Department’s first Vice Chair for Diversity.
SMASH-Med Program welcomes inaugural class
Stanford Surgery commits to photo-less applications.
J.E.D.I. Council is formed
Cultural Complications Curriculum is integrated into Monthly M&Ms.
Stanford Surgery DEI Award and Dr. Miquell Miller Award for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion are established.
We enocurage all members of the Stanford Surgery community to update their email signature with their name pronunciation and pronouns. You may also add a Pride and/or Black Lives Matter badge.
Established in 2008, this fellowship provides a stipend for a senior underrepresented minority student to participate in a sub-internship with Stanford's Division of General Surgery.
SCORE brings fourth-year medical students from diverse backgrounds to Stanford for a four-week residential clinical training program in one of our clinical departments.
Each year, the department funds 3-6 faculty projects for total first round funding of $250,000. At least one research grant will be reserved for a proposal that addresses the topic of racial justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Annual Diversity Lecture
Stanford Surgery DEI Award
DEI Award Winners
Cassidi Goll (staff)
Dr. Miquell Miller (resident)
The Department of Surgery Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Award is to recognize annually both an individual staff and faculty/resident/fellow/post doc member who has consistently created opportunities for the Department of Surgery to improve diversity/equity/inclusion in the domains of recruitment, retention, inclusion, and advancement. These individuals actively work to promote, value, and increase diversity in our Department. Diversity is defined as including all aspects of human differences such as socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, geography, disability and age.
Please submit a nomination statement of up to 500 words and 2 letters of support from other department members. Nominations and letters of support must provide specific examples of actions the individual has taken.
Nominations should be sent to Julia Miranda firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31.
Dr. Miquell Miller Award for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion
The Dr. Miquell Miller Award for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion was established in 2020 to recognize an outstanding GME trainee who embodies the passion and commitment to expanding diversity and inclusion efforts as demonstrated by Dr. Miquell Miller during her time at Stanford. Dr. Miller was the inspiration and the leader in creating the Stanford GME Diversity Council.
To cement Dr. Miller's legacy, Department of Surgery Chair Dr. Mary Hawn made a gift that will fund an annual award in her name, recommended initially to be $1,000.
The recipient is determined by the Graduate Medical Education Diversity Committee with representation from the Department of Surgery Diversity Council. The first awardee—announced in Spring 2021—was Internal Medicine Resident Dr. Christine Santiago.
Faculty and trainees across the Department of Surgery engage in DEI research. We invite you to read our latest peer-reviewed publications and reach out to collaborate with us on upcoming projects.
- – Elsevier
Self-efficacy Toward a Healthcare Career Among Minority High School Students in a Surgical Pipeline Program: A Mixed Methods Study
While many barriers to healthcare careers exist for URM students, a strong sense of self-efficacy may help mitigate these obstacles. This study explor…
- – Annals of Surgery
Microaggressions and Implicit Bias in Surgical Training
MIS/Bariatric Surgery Fellow Dr. Yewande Alimi et al examine the prevalence, nature, and source of microaggressions experience by surgical residents during training.
- – Development of a Surgical Pipeline Program for Low
Development of a Surgical Pipeline Program for Low-Income High School Students
This qualitative study describes the development and implementation of a hands-on surgical pipeline program for low-income high school students.
- – Journal of Pediatric Surgery
The Hispanic Clinic for Pediatric Surgery: A model to improve parent–provider communication for Hispanic pediatric surgery patients
26 million Americans have limited English proficiency (LEP). It is well established that language barriers adversely affect health and health care. Despite growing awareness of language barriers, there is essentially a void in the medical literature regarding the influence of language disparity on pediatric surgery patients. This study was designed to assess the impact of patient–provider language concordance on question-asking behavior and patient satisfaction for pediatric surgery patients.
- – Journal of Pediatric Surgery
The effects of language concordant care on patient satisfaction and clinical understanding for Hispanic pediatric surgery patients
Hispanics account for over 60% of the U.S. population growth and 25% speak little-to-no English. This language barrier adversely affects both access to and quality of care. Surgical specialties trail other medical fields in assessing the effects of language barriers to surgical clinical care and patient satisfaction. This study was designed to assess the effects of patient–provider language concordance on a pediatric surgery practice.