Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine actively seeks and celebrates diversity and promotes inclusion in all aspects of our work. 

We constantly strive to provide a safe and supportive environment for all through training and education in respect for differences and awareness of implicit and explicit biases. 

We advance diversity and inclusion in recruitment, retention, and promotion, and enforce respect for the dignity of all members of our community including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Diversity and inclusion are codified in our department values because they make our team, our practice, and our world immeasurably stronger. 


DEI Research Library

Access our library of research, publications, and resources from our Stanford Emergency Medicine Faculty, Stanford Medical School, and Stanford University.

Diverse Patient Population

Our patient population is diverse in acuity and background. Our patients are 63% Hispanic, Asian, or Black. The majority of our patients receive federally subsidized care.

Leadership & Representation

Nearly 60% of leadership positions are held by women, including the department chair, and 44% of faculty are female. 10% of emergency medicine faculty are from underrepresented in medicine (URiM) groups.

Dedicated DEI Teams

Our Department DEI Committee actively works to evaluate and expand diversity, equity, and inclusion in our faculty, programs, and culture. The department DEI Residency Recruitment Advisory Group employs a holistic review in screening, interviews, ranking, and selection.

Ongoing DEI Training

All faculty are trained in unconscious bias/microaggressions and in the treatment of LGBTQ+ patients. All staff are trained in recognizing bias and upstander training. Emergency medicine residents receive training on social justice and health equity via health equity rounds and upstander training throughout the year.

Building Opportunities

We participate in Stanford’s Leadership Education in Advancing Diversity (LEAD) program and the Stanford Clinical Opportunity for Residency Experience Program (SCORE) diversity program to ensure all students have a clear path to leadership in emergency medicine.

Women in EM

The Women in EM group holds regular meetings for female attendings, fellows, and residents on career development and advancement.

Department DEI News & Projects

  • Quality, Equity, and AI in Emergency Cardiac Care

    Maame Yaa (Maya) Yiadom, MD and a team of emergency medicine physician-researchers tested an AI model against human practice in identifying patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Their findings emphasize the disparities in age-based ACS screening and highlight the delicate interplay between human expertise and AI algorithms in the pursuit of precision emergency care.

  • What Digital Health Tells Us About Disease

    Christine Ngaruiya, MD, uses Natural Language Processing to uncover gender disparities in noncommunicable diseases, while also leading initiatives at the intersection of health and climate change, fostering targeted interventions and policy changes worldwide.

  • Evaluating Latinx Mental Health in the Community

    Jennifer Newberry, MD, JD, leads a bilingual team in a multi-year collaboration with community partners to assess and address mental health usage patterns in the East San José Latinx community.

  • Emergency Care Post-Dobbs

    Monica R. Saxena, MD, JD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, developed a protocol to offer medication abortions to patients in the Stanford Hospital emergency department (ED), in collaboration with Carl Preiksaitis, MD, emergency medicine fellow, and Andrea Henkel, MD, MS, assistant professor and complex family planning subspecialist in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

  • Emergency Care for Patients with Dementia

    Michelle Lin, MD, MPH, MS, an advocate for comprehensive geriatric care, investigates the accessibility and impact of geriatric emergency departments, aiming to bridge the gap for marginalized populations.