Breaking News
November 16, 2018 - Dementia symptoms peak in winter and spring, study finds
November 16, 2018 - Stanford tobacco researcher weighs in on JUUL
November 16, 2018 - Researchers find no link between infants waking up at night and later developmental problems
November 16, 2018 - Both parents and children agree about confidential medical services
November 16, 2018 - FDA warns against use of unapproved pain medications with implanted pumps
November 16, 2018 - Precision medicine-based approach to slow or reverse biologic drivers of Alzheimer’s disease
November 16, 2018 - Study provides new insight into norovirus outbreaks, may help guide efforts to develop vaccines
November 16, 2018 - Inexpensive, portable air purifier could help protect the heart from pollution
November 16, 2018 - New 15-minute scan could help diagnose brain damage in babies up to two years old
November 16, 2018 - Deep brain stimulation not effective for treating early Alzheimer’s
November 16, 2018 - Traditional chemotherapy superior to new alternative for oropharyngeal cancers | News Center
November 16, 2018 - What This Pond Protist Does With Its Genome Will Astound You
November 15, 2018 - Researchers develop tool that speeds up analysis and publication of biomedical data
November 15, 2018 - Scientists identify mechanism used by lung cancer cells to obtain glucose
November 15, 2018 - Abnormalities in development of the brain could be involved in onset of autism, finds new study
November 15, 2018 - Soy protein equally effective as animal protein in building muscle strength
November 15, 2018 - American Academy of Pediatrics, Nov. 2-6
November 15, 2018 - Dopamine drives early addiction to heroin
November 15, 2018 - Variance in gut microbiome in Himalayan populations linked to dietary lifestyle | News Center
November 15, 2018 - Reducing Cardiovascular Disease: The Amish Way
November 15, 2018 - King’s researchers launch charter to guide organizations to engage abuse survivors in research
November 15, 2018 - Enable Injections enters into development agreements with UCB and Apellis Pharmaceuticals
November 15, 2018 - TGen North collaborates with NARBHA Institute to advance human health
November 15, 2018 - Researchers discover molecular basis for therapeutic actions of an African folk medicine
November 15, 2018 - Human Cell Atlas study of early pregnancy shows how mother’s immune system is modified
November 15, 2018 - New guidelines for detecting and managing sarcopenia to be launched in the UK
November 15, 2018 - Researchers explore role of dietary composition on energy expenditure
November 15, 2018 - Elsevier launches Entellect™ Platform, unlocking value by creating AI-ready life sciences data
November 15, 2018 - Now that cannabis is legal in Canada, let’s use it to tackle the opioid crisis
November 15, 2018 - In the Spotlight: At the intersection of tech, health, and ethics
November 15, 2018 - Traditional Glaucoma Test Can Miss Severity of the Disease
November 15, 2018 - Researchers directly connect activities of genes with instinctive behavior in male cichlids
November 15, 2018 - Salk researchers report new methods to identify AD drug candidates with anti-aging properties
November 15, 2018 - St. Jude Hospital announces availability of largest collections of leukemia samples
November 15, 2018 - Attenua Announces First Patient Treated in Phase 2 Clinical Trial in Chronic Cough with Bradanicline
November 15, 2018 - Designing a novel cell-permeable peptide chimera to promote wound healing
November 15, 2018 - NEI investigators combine two imaging modalities to view the retina in unprecedented detail
November 15, 2018 - Determining how hearts develop to better understand congenital heart defects
November 15, 2018 - Maverick immune cells can act independently to identify and kill cancer cells, finds research
November 15, 2018 - Advanced AI and big data methods to tackle dementia
November 15, 2018 - Report reveals increase in pancreatic cancer death rates across Europe
November 15, 2018 - Luxia Scientific announces availability of its gut microbiome test in Luxembourg
November 15, 2018 - New diabetes drugs linked to increased risk of lower-limb amputation and ketoacidosis
November 15, 2018 - New approach targets matrix surrounding neurons to protect neurons after stroke
November 15, 2018 - Lilly Submits New Drug Application to the FDA for Lasmiditan for Acute Treatment of Migraine
November 15, 2018 - Heart failure patients shouldn’t stop meds even if condition improves: study
November 15, 2018 - Parents and carers of people with diabetes experience emotional or mental health problems
November 15, 2018 - RetiPharma secures funding to develop new peptide drug for treating degenerative eye disorders
November 15, 2018 - Breakthrough research could lead to a new wave of cancer-fighting antibodies
November 15, 2018 - Mylan and Biocon launch new insulin glargine biosimilar in the UK
November 15, 2018 - For wildfire safety, only particular masks guard against toxic particulate matter
November 15, 2018 - New study of tribe shows influence of Western diet and lifestyle on blood pressure
November 15, 2018 - Scientists harness power of natural killer cells to treat children with neuroblastoma
November 15, 2018 - Investigating foodborne disease outbreak in Bosnia and Herzegovina based on simulation game
November 15, 2018 - Recommendations Issued for Management of Bradycardia
November 15, 2018 - Benefit unclear due to a lack of suitable studies
November 15, 2018 - TAMEST recognizes UT Southwestern’s Ralph DeBerardinis for changing our understanding of cancer
November 15, 2018 - Researchers discover key factors behind intestinal inflammation in CVID patients
November 15, 2018 - CityU develops first microarrayed 3D neuronal culture platform
November 15, 2018 - Expert suggests ways to control uncomfortable vaginal symptoms in diabetic women
November 15, 2018 - New edition of Red Journal focuses on roles of imaging in radiation oncology
November 15, 2018 - Doctors Aren’t Promoting Breastfeeding’s Cancer-Protection Benefit
November 15, 2018 - Collection of demonstration projects highlights value of patient engagement in research
November 15, 2018 - Technique to ‘listen’ to a patient’s brain during tumour surgery
November 15, 2018 - Seven-year-old returns to life as a “normal, healthy child” following bone marrow transplant
November 15, 2018 - AMSBIO expands range of high quality FFPE cancer cell line controls
November 15, 2018 - Marijuana use by kidney donors has no effect on transplant outcomes
November 15, 2018 - Exploring NMR Spectroscopy Applications through Interesting Infographics
November 15, 2018 - Chapman University wins additional $2.9 million NIH grant to study Alzheimer’s disease
November 15, 2018 - Microgel powder reduces infection and promotes healing
November 15, 2018 - Suicidal patients with prescribed access to psychotropic drugs should be closely monitored
November 15, 2018 - Nitric oxide-releasing technology shows potential to reduce healing time of diabetic foot ulcers
November 15, 2018 - Mass shootings may trigger unnecessary blood donations
November 15, 2018 - From heart disease to cancer: New study tracks shift of county death rates
November 15, 2018 - Preventing falls with new sensor technology
November 15, 2018 - Promising technology could improve detection, diagnosis of fatal ovarian cancer
November 15, 2018 - AAP updates concussion recommendations for children and teens
November 15, 2018 - Two genomic tests help identify most effective treatment for breast cancer patients
November 15, 2018 - Researchers evaluate efficacy of salivary biomarkers for early detection of oral cancer
November 15, 2018 - NIH awards $3.5 million to continue development of robotic system for treating brain tumors
Visible and valued: Stanford Medicine’s first-ever LGBTQ+ Forum | News Center

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

image_pdfDownload PDFimage_print

A “chosen family” is how some of the speakers described their colleagues here during the first-ever Stanford Medicine LGBTQ+ Forum.

Too often those letters — which stand for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning — describe individuals whose sexual orientation or gender identity is kept hidden because it can be personally and professionally risky to be “out.” But the visibility-themed event on Oct. 10 was an unmistakable declaration that LGBTQ+ individuals are a seen, treasured and essential part of the Stanford Medicine community.

In his opening remarks, Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of the School of Medicine, emphasized Stanford Medicine’s dedication to being a supportive environment for its LBGTQ+ members, and a leader in LGBTQ+ medical education, research and care. He also noted his personal support.

“I want to personally commit to each of you, to all of you, that I’m going to stand beside you. I’m going to make sure that we change the fabric and the culture not only of our institutions, but also together we can really have an impact on the fabric and culture of our society,” Minor said. “I think we have an innate responsibility — as an academic medical center, as a great research university — to celebrate and embrace diversity and inclusion in all of its aspects.”

The event was founded by MD-PhD student Timothy Keyes, who spent more than a year organizing it with fellow members of the LGBTQ-Meds organization and many other sponsors. Faculty supporters like Yvonne “Bonnie” Maldonado, MD, senior associate dean for faculty development and diversity, recognized the importance of the event, because the LGBTQ+ community is what she called an “invisible minority.” Keyes’ effort was also championed by faculty sponsors Marcia Stefanick, PhD, professor of medicine and of obstetrics and gynecology, and James Lock, MD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.

Recalling a talk with Ben Barres

In his remarks at the event, Keyes described a visit to Stanford before he had decided to attend. He interviewed with the late neuroscientist Ben Barres, MD, PhD, an openly transgender man, who asked Keyes an unexpected question.

“He said, ‘Oh, Tim, by the way, are you gay?’” Keyes recalled. “And I said, ‘Yes, of course.’ He had noted something on my CV that was LGBTQ leadership-related. And he said, ‘Well, …I just want to let you know this is a very supportive community here. …You could come here and be as out as you’d like to be and not have to worry about anything.’”

It was the first time, Keyes said, that anyone had asked him about his sexuality in a positive way with regard to his career. “It was so meaningful,” Keyes said. “It made me feel really, really special and … really seen. And that’s why I connected that experience back to visibility, because I felt that Ben saw me in a way that I didn’t even realize I needed to be seen to feel at home and like I belonged. Of course, I came here to Stanford because of that and because of him.”

Several speakers, both live and in a video, told of their experiences in academic medical environments, and why visibility is so important. Keynote speaker Arturo Molina, MD, MS, president-elect of the Stanford Medicine Alumni Association, described how he kept his sexuality secret for years during medical school and after. He and his husband are now the proud fathers of two. Leslee Subak, MD, professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology, recalled her efforts at community-building during her residency at UCSF in the late 1980s. Today, Subak is developing Stanford Medicine’s new Sexual and Gender Medicine Program, which will include  clinical care, research, education and advocacy.

‘Competent and compassionate care’

Benjamin Laniakea, MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine, described how sorely lacking the LGBTQ+ health training was when he was in medical school from 2009-13. In all four years, he said, it amounted to only a single HIV/AIDS diagnostic question on one exam. Today, Laniakea said, “All I want to be able to do is to have medical students feel armed with the knowledge and skills to provide appropriate LGB and transgender care, to provide this competent and compassionate care. That’s it.”

About 350 people attended the afternoon, on-campus event, which included LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies and colleagues from the School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health. Guests were treated to giveaways and food. 

As much as the gender and sexual minority members 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.

“In order for each of us to fulfill our potential, we have to feel a part of the fabric of our community. We have to feel, every day, that who we are, inside, is a vital part of who we are as a member of our community,” Minor said. “At its heart and core, a place like Stanford is Stanford because of the community that we bring together.”

The journey toward visibility and inclusion may not be easy, the dean concluded, but it’s one of the most important for Stanford, whose accomplishments can be an example for the country and the world.

Tagged with:

About author

Related Articles