Samuel L. Kountz Diversity Fellowship

Location: Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Samuel L. Kountz, an African-American from the State of Arkansas, began his internship at Stanford in 1958. After completing his training he became a faculty member and rose to the rank of Associate Professor at Stanford. Dr Kountz is credited with being one of the team who performed the first kidney transplant on the West Coast in 1965. This was the beginning of an illustrious career in organ transplantation which included full Professorship and Directorship of the Transplant Service at UCSF and Chair of the Department of Surgery at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Amongst his many honors and awards, Dr. Kountz was elected President of the prestigious Society of University Surgeons. He was also the recipient of three separate honorary doctorate degrees.

Over and above his many accomplishments and honors, Dr. Kountz is most notably remembered for his professionalism, understanding, compassion and sensitivity towards all, placing exceptional high value on and respect for the dignity of his fellow men and women. Dr. Kountz treated everyone with the highest regard irrespective of whether the person was a patient, colleague, or other health-care worker. This was especially apparent in his genuine sensitivity to the suffering of patients with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and the socioeconomic challenges in their receiving treatment.

This compelled Dr. Kountz to action with the U.S. Congress where he passionately lobbied for the Medicare ESRD Program in order to bring equity in patient access to dialysis and transplantation, regardless of financial means or race.

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Interested candidates should submit curriculum vitae, letter of interest, and references to:

Application deadline is APRIL 10.
The recipient will be informed by mid April. Sub-internship will take place during Stanford University’s period 3 (8/27/18-9/23/18). Deadline to apply to School of Medicine Clerkship is April 30.

  • Available to 4th year U.S. medical students who have successfully completed a General Surgery clerkship
  • USMLE scores
  • One- page personal statement describing your interest in pursuing a career in surgery
  • A copy of most recent medical school transcript
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty mentor
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Photo

Please have your official transcript mailed to:

Anita Hagan, Program Manager
Division of General Surgery
300 Pasteur Drive, Room H3691
Stanford, CA 94305-5641

Email remaining documents as one PDF to Anita Hagan –

(it is ok to email an unofficial transcript while we wait for official to be mailed).

We look forward to your application and wish you all the best of luck in your career.


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