Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility
2008-2014 Student leader of multiple cultural groups at Harvard and Yale (Asian American Women’s Association, Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association, Yale GayStraight Medical Alliance)
2016 Part of the team that successfully advocated for Yale medical student-parents and convinced medical school administration to subsidize student health insurance for medical student-parents and their dependents because student health insurance was so unaffordable (around $8000/family) that most families used Medicaid
2020-2022 As a leader of the Resident and Fellow Physician Union - Northwest, advocated for policies and workplace protections advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, particularly in regards to racial, gender, and socioeconomic equity
2021 “Improving Gender Equity Through Unions: Resident and Fellow Physician Union - Northwest,” Presentation, Women in Medicine Trainee Summit, Boston, MA
2021 Speech at Stop Asian Hate Rally and Support for API Community March. Seattle, WA.
2021 Wrote Do Individuals from Low-Income Families Belong in Medicine? (Yes!) about my experiences as part of the 5% of physicians and medical students from a low-income background and issues that need to be addressed regarding socioeconomic disparities in medical education
2021 Wrote Justice Is Not a Passive Process. Medicine Must Step Up regarding anti-Asian racism against healthcare staff and strategies for the medical community to address it
2021 Featured podcast guest: Racism: Asian & Pacific Islanders - Stop the Hate! American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) Diversity Dialogues.
2021 Podcast lead & moderator: Anti-Asian Racism in Anesthesiology. American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Residents in a Room.
2021 Featured podcast guest: Racism and Residency: A Trainee’s Take on AAPI Advocacy. Well Rounded.
2022 Featured podcast guest: Activism is a part of medicine and we cannot remain neutral. The Podcast by KevinMD.
2023 (Planned) Grand Rounds lecture on “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Terminology & Concepts, Healthcare Disparities & Inequities, Microaggressions, Intersectionality, Bystander Intervention," St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Brighton, MA
Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other
sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can
to make corrections and additions.
Zhang Y, Cheng SR. Evaluating the Need for Routine COVID-19 Testing of Emergency Department Staff: Quantitative Analysis. JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2020 Dec 03; 6(4):e20260. PMID: 33052873; PMCID: PMC7717892; DOI: 10.2196/20260;
Schonberger RB, Vallurupalli V, Matlin H, Blitz D, Nwozuzu A, Barron B, Zhang Y, Dai F, Jacoby D, Nasir K, Bardia A. Underuse of statins for secondary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease events among ambulatory surgical patients. Prev Med Rep. 2020 Jun; 18:101085. PMID: 32368435; PMCID: PMC7190748; DOI: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2020.101085;
Kibbi N, Zhang Y, Leffell DJ, Christensen SR. Photodynamic therapy for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma in situ: Impact of anatomic location, tumor diameter, and incubation time on effectiveness. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2020 May; 82(5):1124-1130. PMID: 31712171; DOI: 10.1016/j.jaad.2019.10.079;
Cavelti-Weder C, Li W, Zumsteg A, Stemann-Andersen M, Zhang Y, Yamada T, Wang M, Lu J, Jermendy A, Bee YM, Bonner-Weir S, Weir GC, Zhou Q. Hyperglycaemia attenuates in vivo reprogramming of pancreatic exocrine cells to beta cells in mice. Diabetologia. 2016 Mar; 59(3):522-32. PMID: 26693711; PMCID: PMC4744133; DOI: 10.1007/s00125-015-3838-7;
Li W, Cavelti-Weder C, Zhang Y, Clement K, Donovan S, Gonzalez G, Zhu J, Stemann M, Xu K, Hashimoto T, Yamada T, Nakanishi M, Zhang Y, Zeng S, Gifford D, Meissner A, Weir G, Zhou Q. Long-term persistence and development of induced pancreatic beta cells generated by lineage conversion of acinar cells. Nat Biotechnol. 2014 Dec; 32(12):1223-30. PMID: 25402613; DOI: 10.1038/nbt.3082;
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2022 Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s press conference at Seattle City Hall:
2021 Most read and shared article of the year:
“Do Individuals from Low Income Families Belong in Medicine? (Yes!),”
2020 in Support of Petitioners in No. 19-840 and Cross-Respondents in No. 19-1019:
Contributor, Brief of Amici Curiae Service Employees International Union, et al
2016-2018 Forté Foundation Fellow
2015 Yale Graduate Consulting Club Case Competition: