Diversity and Inclusion

Stanford Neurology strongly believes in the value of diversity in our training program and we are focused on recruiting and supporting individuals from all backgrounds. We support a number of opportunities for those under-represented in medicine and are continuing to expand our efforts in diversity and inclusion led by Dr. Reena Thomas.

Stanford Neurology Leading in Diversity and Inclusion

Stanford Neurology faculty and residents participate in the expanded Leadership Education in Advancing Diversity (LEAD) program with the goal of empowering the next generation of medical leaders to carry forward the mission of diversity and inclusion.  We recognize the importance of having a medical leadership team comprised of individuals who reflect the diverse patient population that we serve including racial, ethnic, sexual and gender minorities.  Building scholarship capacity for improving diversity and inclusion efforts is also a key component of this program in line with the academic mission of the LEAD program.

Jan 16, 2020 - LEAD Session 6: Advancing Inclusive Leadership with Mary Stutts, Chief Inclusion, Diversity & Health Equity Officer

In the Spotlight

The Women in Medicine (WIM) group is creating community and amplifying residents' voices

The WIM group is entirely resident-led, with Cybele Renault, MD, a clinical associate professor of infectious diseases, and Rebecca Miller-Kuhlmann, MD, clinical assistant professor of neurology and neurological sciences, acting as co-faculty advisors.

The group has organized skills-based trainings on contract negotiation tactics and workshops on implicit bias. They set up panels of women in leadership roles and scheduled off-campus happy hours. They connected mentors to mentees. They sponsored wellness events and partnered with like-minded groups. They tackled tricky topics: social justice, fertility and maternity concerns, microaggressions, wage gaps. And they took notes along the way, eventually homing in on a set of best practices: host four to six events per year in crowd-pleasing venues, listen to suggestions, and always make space for conversation and authentic connection.

Diversity leaders bolster training and recruitment of underrepresented neurologists

The Department of Neurology at Stanford has been highlighted as a national leader for diversity and inclusion efforts under the direction of Dr. Reena Thomas, Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the department. Neurology Today featured Stanford Neurology in their issue on January 10, 2019 with an article entitled, "Meet Neurology's Diversity Leaders."  Dr. Frank Longo reflected on the importance of these efforts to the field of Neurology: “As precision health becomes more important, it is critical for our field to better and more deeply engage the overall community to have the greatest impact. We can only do this if neurology in general and our department at Stanford, [specifically], reflect the community with all of its views, nuances, and experiences." 


First-ever Inclusion 2020 Week set for Jan. 27-30

The campus community is invited to join the Diversity and Inclusion Council for four days of events aiming to celebrate, support and nurture diversity and inclusion both at Stanford and in the communities we serve. Highlights will include an introduction by Department Chair Bob Harrington, a series of Grand Rounds speakers, social gatherings and mixers, informative poster presentations and breakout sessions for smaller conversation.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn through meaningful discussion on pressing topics such as implicit bias, a culture of feedback, stigmatizing language, mentorship, self-care during difficult times and more.

WISE Research Roundtable

"Why Are Campuses So Tense, and What Can We Do?"

4:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
102-103 Physics/Astrophysics
Kistler Conference Room, 452 Lomita Mall

54th Carlos Kelly McClatchy Symposium

A Conversation about the New York Times 1619 Project

In August 2019 the New York Times published the 1619 Project, an examination of how slavery shaped and continues to influence the course of US history. New York Times correspondent Nikole Hannah-Jones created the project, and writer Kiese Laymon contributed a short story to it.

Michael Bolden, Managing Director, John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford, will moderate a discussion with these writers about the origins and impacts of the 1619 Project.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 7 PM - 8:30 PM, CEMEX Auditorium, Stanford, CA 94305

2019 Lane Exhibit

Adelaide Brown: A Stanford Medicine Pioneer

2019 annual exhibit located in the Lane Medical Library's first-floor exhibit area


Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians Leadership Awards

Funded visitor clerkships

These opportunities are for Senior medical students from groups that have been traditionally under-represented in medicine to have a month-long clinical experience at Stanford. Our goal is to highlight all that the Stanford Neurology residency training program has to offer, including world-class clinical education and varied case exposure from all subspecialties, state-of-the art clinical and research technology and innovation, a warm and welcoming community, and career mentorship wherever your interests may lie.



Advice for LGBTQ+ medical school applicants

Tips from a gay Stanford MD/PhD program applicant on what to look for and ask about when applying to medical schools.

Healthcare Equality Index

Stanford Health Care has been named a LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader by Human Rights Campaign. This honor recognizes our commitment to both LGBTQ patients and employees.  

Advancing diversity and inclusion at Stanford

One of our most important university-wide goals is to promote diversity and inclusion. We want to ensure that diversity of thought, experience and approach is represented in all aspects of our education and research mission and that a diversity of cultures, races and ethnicities, genders, beliefs, abilities and identities is thriving on our campus.

Today we are taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to this goal: the publication of the Provost’s Statement on Diversity and Inclusion and the launch of the IDEAL dashboard.

Visible and valued: Stanford Medicine’s first-ever LGBTQ+ Forum

About 350 people attended the afternoon, on-campus event, which included LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies and colleagues from the Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care, and Stanford Children’s Health. Guests were treated to giveaways and delicious food. As much as the gender and sexual minorities at the event were there to be part of a chosen family, their allies and colleagues had chosen to be part of that same family, too.

Diversity center for med school opens in Lane Library

The Diversity Center of Representation and Empowerment, or CORE, provides a space where any member of the Stanford Medicine community interested in issues of inclusion and diversity can hold meetings or just hang out and study.

Reena P. Thomas, MD, PhD

Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Neurology

Department of Neurology Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Cynthia Campen
Carl Gold
Jaime Lopez
Michelle Monje-Deisseroth
Neil Schwartz
Reena Thomas, Chair
Zachary Threlkeld
Nirali Vora

Residents and Fellows
Ria Pal
Ashley Rawls
Amanda Sandoval Karamian

2019 LGBTQ+ Forum
(October 2019)

Stanford Medicine Diversity Leaders Celebration (Sept 2019)

San Francisco Pride 2019

Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) for the Student National Medical Association (SNMA).  Residency program coordinator, Mitzine Wright. (April 2019)

LMSA West Regional Conference

LMSA West Regional Conference

GME Diversity Group dinner to celebrate graduating residents

Women in Neuroscience: Recognizing the following recent promotions: Dr. Leslie Lee, Dr. Sharon Sha, Dr. Odette Harris, and Dr. Chitra Venkat. (May 2018)

Stanford faculty, residents, and student representatives at the Student National Medical Association annual conference in San Francisco (March 2018)

Academic Medicine Career Development - West Regional Conference (January 2018)

Academic Medicine Career Development - West Regional Conference (January 2018)

Academic Medicine Career Development - West Regional Conference (January 2018)

GME diversity committee social, Summer 2017