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  • Oliver O. Aalami, MD

    Oliver O. Aalami, MD

    Clinical Professor, Surgery - Vascular Surgery

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests We launched a national precision medicine PAD trial called, VascTrac ( This trial is mobile phone based and leverages Apple's ResearchKit Platform to monitor a patient's activity both pre- and post-intervention. We are validating mobile phone surveillance for PAD patients and are currently enrolling.

  • Somayeh H. Ahmad, DDS, Dr. Med. Dent.

    Somayeh H. Ahmad, DDS, Dr. Med. Dent.

    Affiliate, Surgery - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

    Bio As a Pediatric Dentist, I feel I have a special role in helping pediatric patients to overcome their anxiety and develop trust and communication with their caregiver. I have been fortunate to work with a wide variety of patients, young and adults, whom unfortunately have anxiety attending dental clinics to receive care, which jeopardized their oral health and further their overall health and lifestyle. My passion is to help and educate patients and their family about these areas that so many of us take for granted. My clinical and research training have helped me to gain a valuable perspective on the importance of my career across health and educational settings.

    At Stanford, I am working in the Division of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery within the Department of Surgery, in which I am exposed to variety of oral and craniofacial cases, including head and neck cancers in pediatric patients. This gives me a unique opportunity to work and collaborate with a multidisciplinary team that includes a wide range of healthcare professionals as well as medical and dental specialists. At Stanford, I am able to deepen my knowledge and pass that along to the patients.

    My training in pediatric and preventive dentistry has been integrated into my research and patient care. I completed my specialization in Preventive and Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Ernst?Moritz?Arndt Greifswald, Greifswald, Germany and I received my Dr. Med. Dent. (equivalent to DMSc/Ph.D) with Magna Cum Laude, in 2015 (Advisor: Prof. Christian H. Splieth). Furthermore, I worked as a Clinical Instructor in pre-doctoral pediatric sessions at the University of Ernst?Moritz?Arndt Greifswald. During the four years of my specialization, I volunteered to deliver dental public health services at kindergartens, primary schools, and refugee camps in the city Greifswald. In addition, I have a wide experience in working at various pediatric hospital settings and portable dental clinic, treating varieties of patients including pediatric patients with special needs and I am well qualified to use conscious sedation techniques. I received my Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree in 2010 from the Ajman University (AU) School of Dentistry, Ajman, UAE. Following my graduation, I enrolled in a one-year internship program in General Dentistry (2010-2011) at AU School of Dentistry.

    From April 2013 to October 2014, I worked as a Research Assistant in the Genomics and Proteomics Laboratory (Advisor: Prof. Uwe Volker; Mentor: Dr. Manuela Salazar) at the University of Ernst?Moritz?Arndt Greifswald. This opportunity had furthered my interest in scientific research and enhanced my laboratory skills to investigate oral and dental diseases. Specifically, I was involved in research projects addressing the characterization of the human saliva proteome in order to identify significant biomarker pattern associated to chronic periodontitis, as well as studying proteomic data from whole saliva, which are associated with the development of oral mucositis in head and neck cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy. Beside the experimental lab work, I was also involved in the post-processing of mass spectrometry (MS) data.

    I have a multicultural family, and I love to learn about different cultures. Also, I speak five languages at different proficiency levels.

  • Dr. Saeed Amal, PhD

    Dr. Saeed Amal, PhD

    Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar, Surgery

    Bio I'm a Postdoctoral @ Stanford Medicine.
    I have received my PhD and MSc degree in Computer Science from the University of Haifa and my BSc degree in Computer Science from Technion.
    I have vast leadership experience in applied research from the Hi-Tech Industry and I'm former VP R&D of a medical startup in the Cardiology domain.
    My Research Interests are Deep Learning (DL) for Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Recommender Systems for the Health care domain
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  • Katherine Arnow

    Katherine Arnow

    Biostatistician 2, Stanford-Surgery Policy Improvement Research and Education Center

    Bio Kate is a biostatistician with the Stanford-Surgery Policy Improvement Research & Education Center (S-SPIRE). She has a degree in epidemiology and has worked in both academic and public health settings. She has particular experience working with Medicaid claims data and analyzing patient reported health outcomes. Kate collaborates with Department of Surgery researchers on study design, data analysis, and reporting.

  • Shipra Arya

    Shipra Arya

    Associate Professor of Surgery (Vascular Surgery)

    Bio Shipra Arya, MD SM FACS is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine and section chief of vascular surgery at VA Palo Alto Healthcare System. She has a Master?s degree in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health with focus on research methodology and cardiovascular epidemiology. She completed her General Surgery Residency at Creighton University Medical Center followed by a Vascular Surgery Fellowship at University of Michigan. She has been funded by American Heart Association (AHA), NIH/NIA GEMSSTAR grant, VA Palo Alto Center for Innovation and Implementation (Ci2i) and is currently funded by VA HSR&D. The accumulated evidence from her research all points to the fact that frailty is a versatile tool that can be utilized to guide surgical decision making, inform patient consent and design quality improvement initiatives at the patient and hospital level. The field of frailty research in surgical population is still relatively nascent and her current work focuses on streamlining frailty evaluation, and implementation of patient and system level interventions to improve surgical outcomes and enhance patient centered care.

  • Jennifer Avise, MD

    Jennifer Avise, MD

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery - Vascular Surgery

    Bio Dr. Avise is a board-certified vascular surgeon specializing in cutting edge treatments of vascular disease. She is a clinical assistant professor in the Department Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine.

    She has helped to expand access to expert vascular surgery in the East Bay, establishing Stanford Health Care?s first vascular surgery practices at the medical center in Emeryville and at the Stanford Health Care ? ValleyCare hospital in Pleasanton. Dr. Avise serves as the medical director of the Pleasanton vascular laboratory, an IAC accredited facility, where she advances developments in noninvasive testing to aid in early diagnosis of vascular disease.

    Her focus is on early detection and disease prevention, minimally invasive (endovascular) techniques, and complex open surgery. She treats a wide variety of conditions, including aortic aneurysm, limb salvage, varicose veins, peripheral vascular disease, carotid disease, complex wound care, and dialysis access.

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