Al'ai Alvarez, MD

Stanford Emergency Medicine

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Stanford Emergency Medicine


Al'ai Alvarez, MD (@alvarezzzy) is a national leader and educator on Wellness and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He is a clinical assistant professor of Emergency Medicine (EM) and the Director of Well-Being at Stanford Emergency Medicine. He also co-chairs the Human Potential Team and serves as the Director of the Stanford EM Physician Wellness Fellowship. His work focuses on humanizing physician roles as individuals and teams through the harnessing of our individual human potential in the context of high-performance teams. This includes optimizing the interdependence between Process Improvement (Quality and Clinical Operations), Recruitment (Diversity), and Well-being (Inclusion).

Dr. Alvarez served as an associate program director in the Stanford Emergency Medicine Residency Program for 5 years with the focus on the intersectionality of residency wellbeing with performance improvement on patient experience, quality and patient safety, diversity, equity and inclusion, and medical education. 

Dr. Alvarez serves as the co-chair of the Stanford WellMD's Physician Wellness Forum and is one of the peer supporters for WellMD's Physician Resource Network (PRN) Support for faculty and trainees. Dr. Alvarez co-chairs the largest diversity mentoring initiative in Emergency Medicine through ACEP and EMRA. Dr. Alvarez has given several grand rounds and national conference lectures and workshops on relevant topics in gratitude and compassion, physician wellbeing, burnout, the imposter syndrome, as well as increasing leadership capacity and mentorship to enhance diversity and inclusion.