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Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Vaden Health Center
Bio Diana Farid MD, MPH is a physician, filmmaker and writer. She is a staff physician at the Stanford Vaden Health Center and clinical assistant professor in the Stanford Department of Medicine. She holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Berkeley. She was awarded a fellowship by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to serve as a Child and Family Health Leadership Fellow at UCLA while earning a Masters in Public Health focusing on community health sciences, health communications and storytelling as a means for health behavior change. She has provided public health education and health care in rural villages in Honduras, advocated for peace in the Ukraine and Malaysia, worked as an education coordinator at the School of the Nations in Macau, China, worked at the US Agency for International Development, Center for Human Rights and Democracy for Latin America and the Caribbean, and has advocated for equity, human rights and violence prevention at both Physicians for Social Responsibility and Physicians for Human Rights. She has cared for patients in a wide range of clinic settings including at the Los Angeles Free Clinic, Kaiser, private and university affiliated practices. At UCLA, she served as Doctoring course faculty to first year UCLA medical students.
She is dedicated to creating and amplifying stories that impact health and public wellbeing. As a physician consultant for The Media Project, Advocates for Youth, Diana worked with television and film writers and producers to promote adolescent health through entertainment, providing on and off camera expertise on adolescent health issues including for TV shows such as GREY’S ANATOMY and STRONG MEDICINE. Her debut feature length documentary film production, AMERICAN RHYTHMS (2008) (americanrhythmsmovie.com/), explores the positive impact of music on a group of 5th grade students at a Los Angeles urban elementary school. As the Assistant Director of Stanford School of Medicine’s Program in Bioethics and Film, she produced film screenings and post-screening discussions with producers/directors/field experts exploring films with vital bioethical and public health education impact. She also established the Film and Medicine Interest group for medical students to study film as a health promotion tool and mentored medical student film projects. She was a lead producer of the 2018 Stanford Frankenstein@200 year-long film screening series and panels exploring the cultural, social and bioethical impact of medical research, technology and healthcare through the lens of story in film. She writes poetry, essays and picture books. Her debut picture book, WHEN YOU BREATHE (Cameron + Kids, a division of Abrams) was released in the fall of 2020.