Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

Stanford Radiation Oncology is committed to fostering a diverse community in which all individuals are welcomed, respected, and supported to achieve their full potential.

Our goals are to foster diversity and inclusion in the Department of Radiation Oncology by providing department-level infrastructure for inclusion, and serving as a resource for communication of SOM and SHC policies.


Iris Gibbs - Spotlight in the October issue of SHC MedStaff Update

October 18, 2021

As a founding director of Stanford’s CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery program, Associate Dean of MD Admissions, and Chair of the Diversity Subcommittee of the Faculty Senate, Dr. Iris Gibbs is passionate about fostering an environment at Stanford Medicine that is focused on equity, innovation, inclusion and excellence. A member of the Board of Directors for the Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition (SMAC), Dr. Gibbs has also been a strong ally for the disability community at Stanford.

SHC caught up with her during Disability in Medicine Month to learn more about her efforts.

Quynh-Thu Le receives 2021 Alice Ettinger Award

October 4, 2021

The Association of Women in Radiology (AAWR) announced that Dr. Quynh-Thu Le has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Alice Ettinger Award. The award recognizes lifetime achievement and lasting contributions to AAWR and to the Radiation Oncology/Radiology profession.

Kekoa Taparra Selected as Department Representative (Radiation Oncology) for the GME Diversity Committee

September 23, 2021

Kekoa Taparra, resident of Stanford Radiation Oncology, has been selected as Department Representative for the GME Diversity Committee. In this role, one of his responsibilities will include serving as a specialty representative for the Navigating Medicine series. The GME Diversity Committee is supported through the Office of Diversity in Medical Education.

SCOPE Blog: Closing Racial Gaps in Medical Residencies Could Take Decades

April 26, 2021

A new study offers insight into how the relative lack of Black and Latino medical residents has shown little improvement over time.

Visiting Professor Lectures

Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD, Executive Director Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance gave the lecture “Bridging the Cancer Center Mission with Community Engagement” in June 2021, in partnership with the SCI.
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Curtiland Deville Jr, MD, Clinical Director, Radiation Oncology, Johns Hopkins gave the lecture “Physician Workforce Diversity in Radiation Oncology: How Can We Do Better?” in November 2020.
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Training Opportunities

Radiation Oncology’s Underrepresented Minority Postdoc Program (applications will open in early 2022)

Stanford Clinical Opportunity for Residency Experience (SCORE) Program

Fellowships and Funding to Support Diversity in the Postdoc




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Stanford Medicine's Diversity Week

            October 11-15, 2021: View Event Lineup

Racial Justice Challenge with the Department of Radiology

March 5, 2021 - Groundwork: Defining “racism;” how to talk about race and racism

April 2, 2021 - Race and power in our individual interactions: Microaggressions & Tone Policing 

April 30, 2021 - Race in society: Police Brutality, affirmative action, & the school-to-prison pipeline. Where do we go from here?

Upstander Training

January 2021


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