Diversity Committee
From left: Erica Martinez, MD; Irogue Igbinosa, MD; Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD, MPH, MAS, FACOG; Katherine Bianco, MD; Ruben Alvero, MD. Not pictured: Daychin Campbell, Stephanie Melchor, MD. Not present: Kate Shaw, MD, and Cathy Seckel


Diversity Committee's Mission Statement

The Stanford OB/GYN Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee exists to foster a thriving environment for patients, trainees, faculty and staff. Our mission is to enrich a community that embraces sexual and reproductive health care reflective of a breadth of ethnicities, races, nationalities, genders, sexual orientations, and beliefs, with a common goal of achieving sexual and reproductive justice.

Message from the Chair

"Embracing diversity is not only crucial to Stanford, but also central to the character and culture of our department. Science has shown time and time again that bringing together diverse perspectives drives innovation and robust problem solving.

As leaders in Obstetrics and Gynecology, we value diversity within our faculty, trainees and staff.We know that building an inclusive body of thinkers, learners and providers will reflect the population of those we serve, ensuring care that is precise, empathic and compassionate. We also believe that doing so creates a community that has the capacity to offer truly creative and novel solutions to the most human of problems."

Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor and Professor, by courtesy, of Urology

Obstetrics and Gynecology Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Ruben Alvero, MD

Ruben Alvero, MD

Professor and Director, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

I am interested in legislative and community policy to combat health disparities. Memorializing policy through legislation is the surest way to assure that it is respected and not overturned. 

Catherine Bianco

Katherine Bianco, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Director of DEI

As a Latina woman in academic medicine, I feel strongly in equal opportunity for education, career development and compensation. Striving for these goals as a global citizen’s responsibility is my personal drive. Reaching out to our community to disseminate knowledge, kindness and support is my unifying vision.

Daychin Campbell

Daychin Campbell

Education Programs Coordinator

Daychin Campbell. Education Programs Coordinator.  My major interests in DEI work are education and training around implicit and confirmation bias, antiracism, Black maternal health disparities, disability awareness, and social justice. As a crucial step in these endeavors, I seek to create safe spaces where we can embark on uncomfortable, deep discussions, while feeling valued. “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin

Irogue Igbinosa

Irogue Igbinsoa, MD

Clinical Fellow, Maternal-Fetal Medicine

I'll share two favorite quotes.  "It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. -Audre Lorde. "You make progress by implementing ideas." - Shirley Chisholm


Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD, MPH, MAS

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and by courtesy, Epidemiology and Population Health. Co-Director, The PRIDE Study

I’m dedicated to achieving health equity and reproductive and social justice for LGBTQ+ people and women, and I am involved in projects to that end the largest of which is The PRIDE Study.

Stephanie Melchor

Stephanie Melchor, MD


My passion for diversity and equity stems from my personal experiences growing up as daughter of former migrant farmworkers in the agricultural area of the San Joaquin Valley—a severely medically underserved region where the highest rates of poverty and health disparities exist. During my undergraduate and medical school education, I continued community health outreach to vulnerable communities and was involved in diversity student groups, including LMSA (Latino Medical Student Association) and mentorship of pre-health students in pipeline programs. My interests include geographic and racial disparities in women’s health, and efforts to increase the number of UIM (underrepresented-in-medicine) physicians to better serve the multi-ethnic population of California.

Cathy Seckel

Cathy Seckel, BA

Academic Affairs Administrator

I am interested in matters of diversity, equity, justice and inclusion as they pertain to all areas of life. Over time, through the lens of my friends of color, I have learned how racism informs how they navigate their daily lives. More recently, my interests led me to join the Human Rights Commission for 2 terms. The Commission addresses matters of bias and discrimination, offering opportunities for education and remediation in order to build bridges within the community, the police and other local organizations. In addition to engaging with issues of racism, I learned first-hand of the cruel and harmful experiences faced by those who identify as queer, transgender, disabled and undocumented. My hope is to add value to the DEI committee in any way I can.

Kate Shaw

Kate Shaw, MD, MS

Clinical Associate Professor, Associate Chair of Education, Residency Program Director and Director of Fellowship in Family Planning

My interest in expanding diversity, equity and inclusion centers around creating a space where differences are celebrated and everyone feels valued for who they are - whether students, residents, fellows, faculty, staff, patients and families. I am committed to dismantling systems that continue to oppress communities of people and threaten equity. My specific interests on the committee are

  1. Expanding equity, inclusion and diversity in education and recruitment.
  2. Ensuring inclusive learning environments – particularly addressing microaggressions, stereotype threat and imposter syndrome.
  3. Creating spaces for affinity and ally communities within the department. 

Department Programs and Collaborations

DEI Research Opportunities

Funding opportunities are avilable to support Postdoc and Graduate students that will help to diversify the scientific research enterprise. Find funding opportunities by searching for sponsor, research topic, eligibility requirements, or deadline in the table below. Opportunities differ on the specifics of funding support, eligibility criteria, and the mechanism of support (i.e., supplements faculty member's award or institutional education).

Diversity in the News

Why is it so hard for black women to get diagnosed with endometriosis?

Diana Atashroo, MD, along with other experts in SHAPE'S online magazine, breaks down the barriers inhibiting Black women from receiving accurate and timely diagnoses and treatment.

Stanford Health Care affiliates highlight gaps in LGBTQ+ health care delivery

Stanford Health Care leaders highlighted health disparities among LGBTQ+ individuals in a Thursday webinar about the emerging LGBTQ+ Health Program designed to serve gender and sexual minorities in the Bay Area and beyond.

Protecting Your Birth: A Guide For Black Mothers

Dr Erica Cahill's research is featured in the New York Times, focusing on how racism can impact pre- and postnatal care — and advice for speaking to your Ob-Gyn about it..

Immigrant Women are Essential: Sociocultural Factors Clinicians Should Know During Times of Crisis

As health care and economic resources are diverted to what is deemed "essential" during the COVID-19 pandemic, Jonathan Shaw, MD, discusses unique sociocultural challenges faced by immigrant women that contribute to health disparities on KevinMD's blog.

Guidance Helps Clinicians Counsel Transgender Patients on Contraception

More research is needed about contraceptive needs and health effects on transgender and gender-diverse people.

Prepregnancy Counseling for People of All Genders: Enhancing Safe and Accessible Family Building for Transgender, Gender Diverse, and Non-binary Individuals

Dr. Erica Martinez and Dr. Juno Obedin-Maliver's article was published in Current Obstetrics and Gynecology Reports.

The Imperative for Transgender and Gender Nonbinary Inclusion: Beyond Women's Health

In Obstetrics & Gynecology Green Journal, Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD, MPH, provides commentary.

PRIDE's Team Publications

Behind the Scenes with the Co-Director of the PRIDE Study

In our "Behind the Scenes" series, Stanford Medicine physicians, nurses, researchers and staff members share a glimpse of their daily lives. For Stanford obstetrician/gynecologist Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD, MPH, there is no typical day. Part of what she loves about her job is that every day is different.

MCHRI Awards a Clinical Educators Grant

Kay Daniels, MD; Amy Judy, MD, MPH; and Katherine Bianco, MD, received a Clinician Educators grant from MCHRI to measure the effectiveness of a training program developed at Stanford called Global Outreach Mobile Obstetrics Medical Simulation (GOMOMS).

LGBTQ+ Doulas Help New Parents Thrive, No Matter How They Identify

For expectant and new parents, queer doulas can provide lifesaving patient advocacy, affirmation, and harm reduction, filling in crucial healthcare industry gaps.

For Transgender Men, Pain of Menstruation is More than Just Physical

Safety concerns and a lack of access to menstruation products are among the issues trans and gender-nonconforming people face during "that time of the month." Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD, MPH, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is quoted in NBC story.

The "All of Us" Cohort - Progress Report

In The New England Journal of Medicine, with more than one fifth of the target enrollment completed, the investigators report on progess and challenges.

The PRIDE Study

In the Journal of Americal Medical Informatics Association June 2019 issue, Dr. Juno Obedin-Maliver's national research study focused on a digital health research platform for community engagement, recruitment and retention of sexual gender minority adults.

Trump’s Military Ban Ignores Science to Inflict Harm

Trump's transgender military ban becomes reality: openly transgender people cannot join the military — and many who are already within its ranks can face discharge if they receive a gender dysphoria diagnosis while serving.

Opening the OB/GYN Door for Sexual and Gender Minority Patients

OB/GYNS who are open, accepting and supportive of the SGM community can help eliminate critical health disparities and also reap benefits for their practices.

Stanford Resources

Diversity at Stanford Medicine

Diversity is a core value. We draw from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences to reach a new level of innovation in teaching, research and caring for patients. Innovative programs ensure diversity is reflected in our programs, culture and leadership.

Stanford University's Diversity and Access Office

The Diversity and Access Office (D&A Office) is committed to diversity, equal opportunity and affirmative action goals.

The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity (OFDD)

Serves to develop all faculty to their fullest potential as academic, clinical, and community leaders to promote the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty. Programs and initiatives influence the recruitment, retention and advancement of faculty.

Graduate Medicine Education (GME)

Addressing systems of privilege including those based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and physical ability. Representation matters, period. Our mission and values align with the goals of Stanford Medicine.


The Diversity Center of Representation and Empowerment, or D-CORE, provides a space where any member of the Stanford Medicine community interested in issues of inclusion and diversity can hold meetings or just hang out and study.

Gift Helps Eliminate Medical School Debt for Students with Financial Need

Philanthropic funding will cover both tuition and living expenses for students who qualify for aid, eliminating the need for medical school loans.

Join the Stanford Medicine +OUTlist

The OUTlist is a resource supporting Stanford Medicine LGBTQ+ individuals in community-building, mentorship, and visibility.