Diana Farid MD, MPH is a physician, poet, filmmaker and award-winning author. 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, with a concentration in public health, socio-economic development and human rights. 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 story 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, instructing first-year UCLA medical students in culturally sensitive and best practice communication skills, ethical, legal, psychological and social considerations related to patient care, and the importance of human centered doctoring.

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 for TV shows such as GREY’S ANATOMY and STRONG MEDICINE. Her debut feature length documentary film production, AMERICAN RHYTHMS (2008) (, celebrates 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 and field experts exploring films with vital bioethical and public health education impact. She established the Film and Medicine Interest group for medical students to study film as a health promotion tool and has 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, picture books and verse novels. Her debut picture book, WHEN YOU BREATHE (Cameron + Kids, a division of Abrams) was released in the fall of 2020, won a 2021 EUREKA! Nonfiction Children’s Book Award by the California Reading Association and a 2021 Notable Poetry Book Award by the National Council of Teachers of English. As a ground-breaking work melding respiratory science with poetry for young children, the School Library Journal describes WHEN YOU BREATHE as a “blue-green garden-galaxy [with] metaphors [that] swirl into an understanding that our human bodies don’t stand over the natural world, but are part of it.” WHEN YOU BREATHE will be translated into Korean soon. Her verse novel, WAVE (Cameron + Kids, a division of Abrams) will be released March 15, 2022. Noted as “Raw and powerful…Rich, layered and heart-rending” — Kirkus, WAVE is a testament to the healing that water, poetry and music invite us to ride.

Clinical Focus

  • Family Medicine
  • College Student Health
  • Adolescent Health

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Assistant Director of the Program in Bioethics and Film, Medical Humanities & the Arts (Medicine & the Muse), Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics (2017 - 2019)
  • Affiliated Faculty, Medical Humanities & the Arts (Medicine & the Muse), Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics (2016 - Present)

Honors & Awards

  • EUREKA! Nonfiction Children’s Book Gold Award, California Reading Association (2021)
  • Illustration Awards Shortlist for WHEN YOU BREATHE, Communication Arts (2021)
  • Notable Poetry Book, WHEN YOU BREATHE, National Council of Teachers of English (2021)
  • Maternal and Child Health Leadership Fellowship, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2003-2005)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Member, Women In Medicine Working Group, Stanford Department of Medicine (2021 - 2021)
  • Member, Clinician Educator Advisory Committee, Stanford Department of Medicine (2020 - Present)
  • Member, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Stanford Department of Medicine (2020 - Present)
  • Member, Finance Strategy Committee, Medicine & the Muse, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics (2018 - 2019)
  • Member, Steering Committee, Medicine & the Muse, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics (2017 - Present)
  • Member, The Pegasus Physician Writers at Stanford (2016 - Present)
  • Film Series Producer and Steering Committee Member, Frankenstein@200 Steering Committee, Medical Humanities & Arts (Medicine & the Muse), Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics (2016 - 2018)
  • Associate Member, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (2013 - Present)

Professional Education

  • Fellowship: UCLA-Child and Family Health Leadership Training Program (2005) CA
  • Residency: UCLA-Santa Monica (2003) CA
  • Internship: University of California San Diego (2001) CA
  • Medical Education: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (2000) IL
  • Masters in Public Health, UCLA, Public Health, Community Health, Health Communications (2005)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Family Medicine, Family Medicine (2003)

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