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, diversity, equity, and Inclusion. He is a clinical associate professor of Emergency Medicine (EM) and Well-Being Director at Stanford Emergency Medicine. He also co-leads the Human Potential Team and serves as the Stanford EM Physician Wellness Fellowship Director. His work focuses on humanizing physician roles as individuals and teams by harnessing our human potential in the context of high-performance teams. This includes optimizing the interconnectedness between Process Improvement (Quality and Clinical Operations), Recruitment (Diversity), and Well-being (Inclusion). He is one of the 2021-2022 Faculty Fellows at the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign.

Dr. Alvarez served as an associate program director in the Stanford Emergency Medicine Residency Program for 5 years, focusing on the intersectionality of residency well-being with performance improvement on patient experience, quality and patient safety, diversity, equity and inclusion, and medical education. Dr. Alvarez co-founded and co-chaired the largest diversity mentoring initiative in Emergency Medicine through ACEP and EMRA.

Dr. Alvarez serves as the chair of Stanford WellMD's Physician Wellness Forum and is one of the peer supporters of WellMD's Physician Resource Network (PRN) Support for faculty and trainees. Dr. Alvarez gives several grand rounds and national conference lectures and workshops on relevant topics in self-compassion, physician well-being, and high-performance teams, including increasing leadership capacity and mentorship to enhance diversity and inclusion.

Dr. Alvarez received the 2019 ACEP DIHE Distance and Impact Award, the 2020 Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM) Outstanding Academician Award, the 2020 CORD Academy for Scholarship in Education in EM Academy Member Award on Teaching and Evaluation, and the 2022 John Levin Leadership Award at Stanford Health Care.