Nicole Stern, MD


Assistant Professor of Medical Education, California University of Science and Medicine, Colton, CA; Staff Physician, Sansum Clinic, Inc., Santa Barbara, CA

Nicole Stern, MD was most recently an urgent care physician at Sansum Clinic, Inc. in Santa Barbara, CA. An enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe of New Mexico, Dr. Stern is the first member of her tribe to become a physician. She aspires to create a national clearinghouse or center of excellence and work within an academic institution which would allow for greater collaborations between medical institutions, national organizations and private foundations to achieve health equity for American Indians and Alaska Natives in this country. Dr. Stern was elected a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP). She has extensive experience with the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP), having served as President-Elect, President, Immediate Past President, and Director-At-Large of the Board of Directors. As the liaison from AAIP to the Association of American Medical Colleges, Dr. Stern continues to work closely with the AAMC to collaborate on strategic plans and initiatives that emphasize the importance of including American Indians and Alaska Natives within the national conversation around workforce development and medical school diversity. Dr. Stern received her medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson in 1998. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson in 2001, and a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City in 2003.