Al'ai Alvarez, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

Emergency medicine doctor

Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine

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Dr. Al'ai Alvarez FACEP FAAEM is an emergency physician and clinical associate professor of Emergency Medicine (EM) at Stanford University. Dr. Alvarez is the Director of Well-Being and co-chair of the Human Potential Team at Stanford Emergency Medicine. He also serves as the Director of the first 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. His long-term interest is to optimize the interconnectedness between Medical Education, Process Improvement (Quality and Clinical Operations), Recruitment (Diversity), and Well-being (Inclusion) through human-centered design.

Dr. Alvarez is a faculty fellow at the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign (2021-2022), exploring the role of mindfulness in high-stress environments. He is also the co-director and organizer for the High-Performance Resuscitation Teams Summit ( in May 2022 in Chicago, IL, in collaboration with Mayo Clinic and the Mission Critical Teams Institute. The goal of HPRT is to develop a collaborative inquiry among teams from various disciplines, including healthcare, aerospace, sports, military, special operations forces, fire rescue, and other high-performing/elite teams.

Dr. Alvarez has served as the associate residency program director (APD) at the Stanford Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Among his roles, he served as the second-year class APD and the Medicine Without Walls (MWOW) Line Director for the Stanford Emergency Medicine ACCEL Program (

Dr. Alvarez currently also serves as the chair of WellMD's Physician Wellness Forum and is one of the peer supporters for WellMD's Physician Resource Network (PRN) Support.

Nationally, Dr. Alvarez serves on committees on physician well-being and diversity, equity, and inclusion in medical education. He is the co-chair of the Council of EM Residency Directors (CORD) Wellness Leadership Mini-Fellowship, a mentor at the Academic Life in Emergency Medicine (ALiEM) Faculty Incubator, and co-founded and co-chairs the largest national diversity mentoring program in EM through the joint American College of Emergency Physician (ACEP)'s Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity (DIHE) and the Emergency Medicine Residents Association (EMRA)'s Diversity Mentorship Initiative.

Dr. Alvarez has given numerous grand rounds as well as national and international conference lectures and workshops on relevant topics in gratitude, compassion, and belongingness and their role in physician well-being and diversity, equity, and inclusion in medicine.

Dr. Alvarez is the recipient of the 2019 ACEP DIHE Distance and Impact Award. He is also the recipient of the 2020 Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM) Outstanding Academician Award. Dr. Alvarez also received the 2020 CORD Academy for Scholarship in Education in EM Academy Member Award on Teaching and Evaluation.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Residency: Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2011) NY
  • Internship: Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2008) NY
  • Board Certification: American Board of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine (2012)
  • Residency, Jacobi/Montefiore Residency Program at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, Emergency Medicine (2011)
  • Medical Education: University at Buffalo School of Medicine (2007) NY
  • BS, SUNY at Buffalo (University at Buffalo, Biological Sciences (2002)
  • BS, SUNY at Buffalo (University at Buffalo), Biophysics (2002)
  • BA, SUNY at Buffalo (University at Buffalo), English (2002)

Honors & Awards
  • Distance and Impact Award, Diversity, Inclusion & Health Equity Section. American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) (2019)
  • National Organizational/Institutional Award, Building Next Generation of Academic Physicians (BNGAP) (2020)
  • Outstanding Academician Award, Society for Academic EM (SAEM) -- Academy for Diversity & Inclusion in EM (ADIEM) (2020)
  • Scholarship in Education in Emergency Medicine Academy Member Award on Teaching and Evaluation, Council of Residency Director (CORD) (2020)

Administrative Appointments
  • Assistant Residency Program Director, Stanford Emergency Medicine (2016 - 2021)
  • Associate Residency Program Director, Stanford Emergency Medicine (2021 - 2021)
  • Co-Chair, Stanford WellMD Physician Wellness Forum (2019 - Present)
  • Co-Lead, Human Potential Team, Stanford Emergency Medicine (2021 - Present)
  • Director of Well-Being, Stanford Emergency Medicine (2021 - Present)
  • Faculty Diversity Liaison, Stanford Office of Faculty Development and Diversity (2020 - Present)
  • Fellowship Director, Stanford Emergency Medicine Wellness Fellowship (2021 - Present)
  • Interim Assistant Clerkship Director, Stanford Emergency Medicine (2017 - 2019)


Practice Locations

Marc and Laura Andreessen Adult Emergency Department Stanford, CA
Stanford, CA

1199 Welch Road

Stanford , CA 94304

(650) 723-5111

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