Dr. Yemane serves in numerous local and national roles related to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and mentorship, including inaugural Assistant Dean of Diversity for GME within the Stanford Office of Diversity in Medical Education. Dr. Yemane's scholarship focuses on building and evaluating innovative diversity programs and studying barriers and facilitators for recruitment, inclusion and retention of underrepresented in medicine (UIM) trainees. She is one of the founding co-directors for the Stanford Medicine Leadership Education in Advancing Diversity (LEAD) Program, which is a 10-month longitudinal leadership program for residents and fellows across GME to develop leadership and scholarship skills in addressing issues related to DEI, to produce leaders in academic medicine dedicated to DEI and to improve the culture of medicine. She is also the founding director of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors’ Advancing Inclusiveness in Medical Education Scholars (AIMS) Program, which is a national mentorship and professional development program for UIM pediatric residents interested in careers in pediatric medical education leadership.

Clinical Focus

  • Pediatrics
  • General Pediatrics

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Assistant Dean, Diversity in Graduate Medical Education, Office of Diversity in Medical Education, Stanford School of Medicine (2021 - Present)
  • Associate Program Director, Recruitment, Diversity and Inclusion, Pediatrics Residency Program (2018 - Present)
  • Co-Director, LEAD (Leadership Education in Advancing Diversity) Program, Stanford School of Medicine (2018 - Present)
  • Associate Program Director, Advising and Career Development, Pediatrics Residency Program (2016 - Present)
  • Interim Medical Director, Gardner Packard Children’s Health Center (2015 - 2017)

Honors & Awards

  • Ray E. Helfer Award for Innovations in Pediatric Medical Education, Academic Pediatric Association (2022)
  • Leadership Development Program, Stanford Medicine (2021-2022)
  • Equity Matters: DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) Leadership Certification, ACGME (2021-present)
  • President’s Award for Excellence Through Diversity, Stanford Medicine LEAD Program, Stanford University (2020)
  • Institutional Leadership Award, Stanford Medicine LEAD Program, Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians (BNGAP) (2020)
  • Diversity, Respect, and Inclusion are Vital for Excellence (DRIVE) Award, Stanford Department of Pediatrics (2019)
  • Educational Scholars Program, Academic Pediatric Association (2018-2022)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Co-Chair, SPAARC (Stanford Pediatrics: Advancing Anti-Racism Coalition), Stanford School of Medicine (2020 - 2021)
  • Director, AIMS (Advancing Inclusiveness in Medical Education Scholars) Program, Association of Pediatric Program Directors (2019 - 2022)
  • Member, Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee, Academic Pediatric Association (2018 - Present)
  • Faculty Senator, Pediatrics, Stanford School of Medicine (2018 - 2021)
  • Chair, Underrepresented Minorities in Pediatric GME Learning Community, Association of Pediatric Program Directors (2018 - 2020)
  • Member, Academic Pediatric Association (2017 - Present)
  • Member, Association of Pediatric Program Directors (2015 - Present)
  • Member, American Academy of Pediatrics (2010 - Present)

Professional Education

  • Chief Residency, Stanford Pediatrics Residency (2014)
  • Board Certification, Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics (2013)
  • Residency, Stanford Pediatrics Residency (2013)
  • Medical Degree, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (2010)
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Texas at Austin, Human Biology (2006)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

My scholarship interests are focused on creating and evaluating diversity programs to support UIM GME trainees and exploring barriers and facilitators to the recruitment, inclusion, and retention of UIM trainees.

All Publications

  • AIMS: Increasing Diversity in Graduate Medical Education Leadership. Journal of graduate medical education Yemane, L., Omoruyi, E., Poitevien, P., Blankenburg, R. 2022; 14 (3): 340-342

    View details for DOI 10.4300/JGME-D-21-01015.1

    View details for PubMedID 35754647

    View details for PubMedCentralID PMC9200241

  • Words Matter: Examining Gender Differences in the Language Used to Evaluate Pediatrics Residents ACADEMIC PEDIATRICS Gold, J. M., Yemane, L., Keppler, H., Balasubramanian, V., Rassbach, C. E. 2022; 22 (4): 698-704
  • Underrepresented in medicine in graduate medical education: Historical trends, bias, and recruitment practices. Current problems in pediatric and adolescent health care Yemane, L., Omoruyi, E. 2021: 101088


    Health inequities disproportionately impact children of color in the United States. Research demonstrates that a diverse physician workforce that reflects the demographic profile of the United States population has been associated with better health outcomes and physicians of color are more likely to work in communities that are medically underserved. Therefore, a key driver to reducing health inequities is recruiting a physician workforce that reflects the racial/ethnic composition of the population. Although efforts on increasing UIM applicants and matriculants into medical school and more recently, graduate medical education (GME) programs have shown some small successes, there has still not been significant change in decades. This narrative review examined the historical trends and current landscape of recruitment in GME to better understand the barriers and facilitators that continue to exist and identify successful interventions that might serve as a model to support recruitment of UIM applicants. There is evidence for racial disparities and bias in traditional residency selection metrics (USMLE, Clerkship Evaluations, MSPE, AOA status, etc.) and a need for more holistic recruitment strategies. Along with implementing new holistic recruitment practices, there is a need for ongoing research and collaboration to study inclusive and equitable learning environments and assessments that will eliminate racial disparities in educational outcomes. Additionally, there must be better longitudinal data utilization and transparency across Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS) and National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for accountability and tracking of interventions.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.cppeds.2021.101088

    View details for PubMedID 34742662

  • Trends in Race/Ethnicity of Pediatric Residents and Fellows: 2007-2019. Pediatrics Montez, K., Omoruyi, E. A., McNeal-Trice, K., Mack, W. J., Yemane, L., Darden, A. R., Russell, C. J. 2021


    BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: A diverse pediatric workforce reflecting the racial/ethnic representation of the US population is an important factor in eliminating health inequities. Studies reveal minimal improvements over time in the proportions of underrepresented in medicine (URiM) physicians; however, studies assessing trends in pediatric URiM trainee representation are limited. Our objective was to evaluate longitudinal trends in racial/ethnic representation among a cross-section of US pediatric trainees and to compare it to the US population.METHODS: Repeated cross-sectional study of graduate medical education census data on self-reported race/ethnicity of pediatric residents and subspecialty fellows from 2007 to 2019. To evaluate trends in URiM proportions over time , the Cochran-Armitage test was performed. Data on self-reported race/ethnicity of trainees were compared with the general population data over time by using US Census Bureau data.RESULTS: Trends in URiM proportions were unchanged in residents (16% in 2007 to 16.5% in 2019; P = .98) and, overall, decreased for fellows (14.2% in 2007 to 13.5% in 2019; P = .002). URiM fellow trends significantly decreased over time in neonatal-perinatal medicine (P < .001), infectious diseases (P < .001), and critical care (P = .006) but significantly increased in endocrinology (P = .002) and pulmonology (P = .009). Over time, the percentage of URiM pediatric trainee representation was considerably lower compared to the US population.CONCLUSIONS: The continued underrepresentation of URiM pediatric trainees may perpetuate persistent health inequities for minority pediatric populations. There is a critical need to recruit and retain pediatric URiM residents and subspecialty fellows.

    View details for DOI 10.1542/peds.2020-026666

    View details for PubMedID 34131043

  • Outcomes From a Novel Graduate Medical Education Leadership Program in Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Journal of Graduate Medical Education Powell, C., Yemane, L., Brooks, M., Johnson, C., Alvarez, A., Bandstra, B., Caceres, W., Dierickx, Q., Thomas, R., Blankenburg, R. 2021; 13 (6): 774–784