Stanford Medicine Alliance for Disability Inclusion and Equity Discussion Group


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Discrimination can intensify when an individual faces multiple, simultaneous biases. Intersectionality, the complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, or intersect especially in the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups is a helpful lens to examine this experience. The April 1, 2022 SMADIE/Lane discussion group is co-hosted by the Stanford Medicine Black Faculty Affinity Meetings (BFAM), and the Black Employee Advancement and Mentoring Through Empowerment, Affiliation, and Membership (BEAM Team) employee resource group. Join us as we explore and share our experiences on the intersection of racism and disability in medicine.

This is a media-based discussion group that addresses issues relevant to the Stanford Medicine Alliance for Disability Inclusion and Equity and other Stanford Employee Resource Groups and affiliates. We use the written word, videos, and audio recordings to explore topics related to disability, ableism, and intersectionality to promote disability as a part of human diversity, inclusivity, and equity. We are always open to new members!

CART captioning and ASL interpretation will be provided.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ by the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Please visit the SMADIE website to learn more about upcoming events. Register to receive emails about upcoming discussion groups from Lane Medical Library.

Discussion Group Coordinators


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Dr. Justin Bullock

Justin Bullock MD, MPH is a PGY3 resident physician in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Justin completed his undergraduate studies in Chemical-Biological engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his Master of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, and his Doctor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. Justin is a passionate medical education researcher whose work focuses on Undergraduate Medical Education assessment, the impact that identity has on performance in medical school and creating identity-safe learning environments. Justin is a passionate advocate for disability justice in medicine and has published multiple articles on this topic as well. 

Twitter: @jbullockruns

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Dr. Diana M. Cejas

Diana M. Cejas, MD, MPH is a pediatric neurologist and faculty of the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her clinical work and research focuses on improving care delivery and health outcomes for children and young adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Since surviving cancer and a stroke during her residency, Dr. Cejas has devoted much of her career to patient advocacy and improving communication between healthcare providers and the disability community, particularly young disabled patients of color. She shares her own story and other commentary on disability and health via essays and other nonfiction. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Journal of the American Medical Association and Neurology; prestigious literary magazines including The Iowa ReviewEcotone, and Passages North; and anthologies including Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century and A Measure of Belonging: Twenty-One Writers of Color on the New American South

Lane Library Coordinator

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Colleen Cuddy

Colleen Cuddy has a master of arts in American and English literature, a master of library science degree. She is the Director of Research and Academic Collaboration at Lane Medical Library, Stanford University where she oversees data and research services, user experience and communication, access services, and the Medical History Center. Colleen is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in organizational development and change with a focus on gender and racial inequities in research universities.

Discussion Group Coordinators

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Dr. Peter Poullos

Dr. Peter Poullos received his M.D. degree at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, after which he did an Internal Medicine residency at the University of California-San Francisco. He stayed at UCSF as a Gastroenterology fellow until 2004. However, 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 and Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Dr. Poullos is the Founder and Executive Director of the Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition (SMAC), a group composed of people with disabilities and their allies at Stanford Medicine. He is also a member of the Radiology Department Diversity Committee, the School of Medicine Faculty Senate Subcommittee on Diversity, and the School of Medicine Diversity Cabinet.


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Ritchie Abracosa.

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Emebet Aklilu.

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Carmin Mari Powell

Carmin Mari Powell, MD (she/her/hers) is a Clinical Assistant Professor, in the Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine Division, Department of Pediatrics and serves at the Medical Director, for Stanford Affiliate Watsonville Community Hospital. Dr. Powell is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency training and Chief year at Stanford Medicine Pediatrics Residency program where she was actively involved with the pediatric diversity committee and medical education. As the founder, and former co-director of the Leadership Education in Advancing Diversity (LEAD) Program started in 2017, Dr. Powell has been invested in the mentorship of URIM trainees and expanding inclusive practices across graduate medical education. She enjoys spending time as a faculty mentor for URIM trainees through the Stanford GME Diversity committee and Stanford SNMA Chapter. She also serves as Faculty Director for the Black Faculty Affinity Meetings (BFAM) at Stanford Medicine. Her interests include studying effectiveness of diversity and inclusion programs, health equity research and advocacy through community engagement.

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Michelle Y. Williams

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Elysse Grossi-Soyster

Elysse is a graduate student with the Microbiology and Immunology department of the Stanford School of Medicine and holds multiple teaching and health education positions with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and throughout the East Bay. Elysse is passionate about creating inclusive and accessible spaces in STEM education and research. This passion drove the formation of STEM Outreach Collective, a nonprofit organization that aims to enhance STEM education for middle and high school students in the greater SF Bay Area and beyond.

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Gillian Kumagai

As a librarian at Stanford Health Library, Gillian helps patients, caregivers, and community members find evidence-based information to help make informed decisions about their health and health care. She oversees the StoryCorps Legacy Program at Stanford Health Care and is passionate about creating a space for others to share their stories. Gillian has a master of library and information science degree is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and holds specializations in consumer health information and disaster information from the Medical Library Association.

Logistical Support

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Katie Stinson

Katie Stinson is a Library Specialist at the Lane Medical Library. She is on the front lines at the library, working for the Access Services team. She is also a core member of the Marketing Communications Team, assists with the design of the Medical History Center exhibits, and provides logistical support for the library's media discussion groups.

Selected Materials for April 1, 2022


Videos and Podcasts

Wong, A. (2021, January 23). Ep 95: Black Doctors with Disabilities. Disability Visibility Project.

A Deeper Dive

Further Reading