Diversity and Inclusion

Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine actively seeks and celebrates diversity and promotes inclusion in all aspects of our work. We believe unique perspectives, experiences, and values add dimension to our research, teaching and clinical mission. Our patient population is diverse and our faculty, students and staff should be as well.

Diversity and inclusion are codified in our department values because they make our team, our practice, and our world immeasurably stronger. But stated values are only as strong as the practices that reinforce it, and so 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.

Andra Blomkalns, MD, MBA

Emergency Medicine faculty, fellows and staff at a recent solidarity rally.


 In 2019, Forbes ranked Stanford as a top employer for diversity, ranked fourth out of all universities in the country. 

 Stanford School of Medicine has almost double the national average of female department chairs, including our Department of Emergency Medicine chair Andra Blomkalns, MD, MBA. And within our department, we have achieved almost full gender parity in faculty and leadership roles.

Patient Population

  • 35% MEDI-CAL
  • 36% Commercial
  • 24% Medicare
  • 5% Other

  • 43% Hispanic / Other
  • 37% White
  • 13% Asian
  • 7% African American

Social Emergency Medicine fellow Italo Brown, MD recounts experiences in the ED and using ethnicity as a strength.

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Faculty member and Stanford physician Kathy Staats, MD explores how to increase women’s representation in EMS leadership. 

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Allyship & Awareness Resources From Our Faculty

Two decades of little change: An analysis of U.S. medical school basic science faculty by sex, race/ethnicity, and academic rank (Christopher L. Bennett; PLOS One)

The Gender Gap in Surgical Residencies (Christopher L. Bennett; JAMA)Opportunities for Supporting Latino Immigrants in Emergency and Ambulatory Care Settings (Ewen Wang, MD; Journal of Community Health)

Drs. Al'ai Alvarez and Italo Brown co-authored "ER doctors: We're no strangers to violence but we try to de-escalate without anyone dying." Read the USA Today piece. Listen to Dr. Alvarez discuss on the Stanford 1:2:1 podcast.

Racism: The Elephant in the ED (Italo Brown, MD, MPH; Emergency Medicine News)

Social Determinants of Hallway Bed Use (Kim, Brown et al; Western Journal of Emergency Medicine)

Fostering a Diverse Pool of Global Health Academic Leaders Through Mentorship and Career Path Planning (Newberry, Strehlow et al; SAEM)

Emergency Medicine Gender in Resident Leadership Study (EM GIRLS): The Gender Distribution Among Chief Residents (Krzyzaniak, Alvarez et al; SAEM)

Equity & Inclusion Resources

Stanford University and the School of Medicine offer resources to support and advance equity and inclusion, and host events and programs that foster discussions around diversity.

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