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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 (http://vasctrac.stanford.edu/). 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.

  • Alistair Aaronson, MD

    Alistair Aaronson, MD

    Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine

    Bio Courses Taught through SHIELD (Stanford Healthcare Innovations and Experiential Learning Directive):
    A Patient Centered Exploration of Health and the Health Care System
    INDE 290B, INDE 290C, PAS 280B, PAS 280C

    This elective course for first year medical students explores challenges that patients face regarding the management of optimal health in a complex health care system. Specific topics include national healthcare reform, health economics and financing, social determinants of health, medication reconciliation, transitions of care, and the hospital discharge process.

  • Sumaira Z. Aasi, MD

    Sumaira Z. Aasi, MD

    Clinical Professor, Dermatology

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests High risk squamous cell carcinoma; frozen histopathology; reconstructive surgery.

  • Fahim Abbasi

    Fahim Abbasi

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine

    Bio Dr. Fahim Abbasi specializes in diagnosis and treatment of prediabetes and insulin resistance. Dr. Abbasi has a special interest in prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease through lifestyle modifications.

  • Mohamed Abdelwahab MD MS

    Mohamed Abdelwahab MD MS

    Clinical Instructor, Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery Divisions

    Bio Dr Abdelwahab is currently a Clinical Instructor in the Sleep Surgery Division, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Stanford. His previous academic work in the department has focused on nasal and facial skeletal surgery in the division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. His previous clinical training included dual training in maxillofacial surgery and rhinology.

  • Oscar J. Abilez

    Oscar J. Abilez

    Senior Research Scientist - Basic Life, Cardiovascular Institute Operations

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Abilez' interests are aimed at elucidating how various biophysical and biochemical perturbations regulate early cardiovascular development across time and length scales that span several orders of magnitude, using human pluripotent stem cells as a model system.

  • Gillian Abir

    Gillian Abir

    Clinical Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

    Bio Gillian Abir graduated from Glasgow University (UK) in 1998. After initially undertaking parts of surgical residency and emergency medicine residency, she completed her anesthesiology residency training in Glasgow and Sheffield (UK). Following this she undertook an obstetric anesthesiology fellowship-equivalent at Stanford University School of Medicine and is currently a Clinical Professor.
    Gillian is the Clinical Director for the Division of Obstetric Anesthesiology and the residency program coordinator for obstetric anesthesiology.
    Gillian has published several manuscripts and book chapters, and is the lead anesthesiologist in the multidisciplinary obstetric simulation team. She is a member of the obstetric disaster preparedness committee and labor and delivery patient safety committee, amongst several other committees. She is the co-chair of the simulation committee and a member of the patient safety and international outreach committees in the Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology.
    Gillian has an interest in global health and is a member of the Board of Directors of Kybele Inc. (www.kybeleworldwide.org) for which she regularly volunteers to teach obstetric anesthesiology in other countries.

  • Nadeem Elias Abou-Arraj

    Nadeem Elias Abou-Arraj

    Clinical Instructor, Medicine

    Bio Nadeem is a Lebanese-American born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from Harvard University and MD from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed Internal Medicine Residency in the Global Health track at Stanford University School of Medicine and is now a Clinical Instructor in Stanford's Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine. He is also pursuing a Master of Public Health at Berkeley in preparation for a career in Primary Care and Population Health. His goals are to assist patients with living healthy lifestyles and managing complex medical conditions, to improve health equity for underserved populations domestically and globally, focusing on immigrants and refugees, and to promote care based on a comprehensive understanding of social determinants of health.

  • Elias Aboujaoude, MD, MA

    Elias Aboujaoude, MD, MA

    Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Bio Dr. Aboujaoude is a Clinical Professor, researcher and writer at Stanford University's Department of Psychiatry, where he is Chief of the Anxiety Disorders Section and Director of the OCD Clinic and the Impulse Control Disorders Clinic. Besides the compulsivity-impulsivity spectrum, his work has focused on the intersection of technology and psychology, with an emphasis on the problematic use of Internet-related technologies, mental health in a post-privacy world, and the potential for telemedicine interventions such as virtual reality and video-based therapy to increase access to care and advance global health. His books include "Virtually You: The Dangerous Powers of the e-Personality" and "Mental Heath in the Digital Age: Grave Dangers, Great Promise". Dr. Aboujaoude also teaches psychology on the main Stanford campus and at UC Berkeley. Scholarly and media platforms that have featured his work include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, The Harvard Business Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, BBC, PBS, and CNN.

  • Daniel Arthur Abrams

    Daniel Arthur Abrams

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are among the most pervasive neurodevelopmental disorders and are characterized by significant deficits in social communication. A common observation in children with ASD is that affected individuals often ?tune out? from social interactions, which likely impacts the development of social, communication, and language skills. My primary research goals are to understand why children with ASD often tune out from the social world and how this impacts social skill and brain development, and to identify remediation strategies that motivate children with ASD to engage in social interactions. The theoretical framework that guides my work is that social impairments in ASD stem from a primary deficit in identifying social stimuli, such as human voices and faces, as rewarding and salient stimuli, thereby precluding children with ASD from engaging with these stimuli.

    My program of research has provided important information regarding the brain circuits underlying social deficits in ASD. Importantly, these findings have consistently implicated key structures of the brain?s reward and salience processing systems, and support the hypothesis that impaired reward attribution to social stimuli is a critical aspect of social difficulties in ASD. The first study produced by this program of research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and showed that children with ASD have weak brain connectivity between voice processing regions of cortex and the distributed reward circuit and amygdala. Moreover, the strength of these speech-reward brain connections predicted social communication abilities in these children. A second study, which was recently published in eLife, examined neural processing of mother?s voice, a biologically salient and implicitly rewarding sound which is associated with cognitive and social development, in children with ASD. Results from this study identified a relationship between social communication abilities in children with ASD and brain activation in reward and salience processing regions during mother?s voice processing. A third study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed that mother?s voice activates an extended voice processing network, including reward and salience processing regions, in typically developing children. Moreover, the strength of brain connectivity between voice-selective and reward and salience processing regions predicted social communication abilities in these neurotypical children. Together, results provide novel support for the hypothesis that deficits in representing the reward value of social stimuli, including the human voice, impede children with ASD from actively engaging with these stimuli and consequently impair social skill development.

    My future research will leverage these findings by examining several important questions related to social information processing in children with ASD. First, we aim to study longitudinal development of social brain circuitry in minimally verbal children with ASD, a severely affected subpopulation that has been vastly underrepresented in the ASD literature. Second, we aim to examine the efficacy of naturalistic developmental behavioral interventions, such as Pivotal Response Treatment, for children with ASD and their relation to changes in social brain and reward circuitry. Third, we aim to examine distinct neural profiles in female children with ASD who, on average, have better social communication abilities compared to their male counterparts.

  • Geoffrey Abrams, MD

    Geoffrey Abrams, MD

    Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Abrams' research is focused on elucidating the pathobiology behind tendinoapthy and developing new treatment modalities for the disease. Specifically, his team is studying the role of micro-RNA as it relates to chronic inflammation and stem cell differentiation in the development and perpetuation of chronic tendinopathy.

  • Marwa Abu El Haija

    Marwa Abu El Haija

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - Gastroenterology

    Bio I am a pediatric gastroenterologist with clinical and research interest in childhood obesity. I believe that each patient is unique in their disease and background, that is why they deserve to be approached in an individualized way. I aspire to discover what's unknown about the pathophysiologic causes of obesity, and the mechanisms of which treatments work. My clinical and research interests in pediatric obesity found home within Stanford's distinctive position academically, medically and geographically.

  • Monther Abu-Remaileh

    Monther Abu-Remaileh

    Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and, by courtesy, of Genetics

    Bio The Abu-Remaileh Lab is interested in identifying novel pathways that enable cellular and organismal adaptation to metabolic stress and changes in environmental conditions. We also study how these pathways go awry in human diseases such as cancer, neurodegeneration and metabolic syndrome, in order to engineer new therapeutic modalities.

    To address these questions, our lab uses a multidisciplinary approach to study the biochemical functions of the lysosome in vitro and in vivo. Lysosomes are membrane-bound compartments that degrade macromolecules and clear damaged organelles to enable cellular adaptation to various metabolic states. Lysosomal function is critical for organismal homeostasis?mutations in genes encoding lysosomal proteins cause severe human disorders known as lysosomal storage diseases, and lysosome dysfunction is implicated in age-associated diseases including cancer, neurodegeneration and metabolic syndrome.

    By developing novel tools and harnessing the power of metabolomics, proteomics and functional genomics, our lab will define 1) how the lysosome communicates with other cellular compartments to fulfill the metabolic demands of the cell under various metabolic states, 2) and how its dysfunction leads to rare and common human diseases. Using insights from our research, we will engineer novel therapies to modulate the pathways that govern human disease.

  • Janelle Aby

    Janelle Aby

    Clinical Professor, Pediatrics - General Pediatrics

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My interest is in the care and evaluation of newborns. In particular, I have been focusing on improving the educational experience for our residents and students in the nursery regarding the examination and management of term or near-term infants.

  • Peter Acker

    Peter Acker

    Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My research and work focus on optimizing the use of health system data to create intelligent and accurate emergency referral systems to ensure vulnerable populations receive the care they require as efficiently as possible. I am interested in increasing our understanding of currently available health infrastructure in resource limited settings, and pairing that knowledge with technology tools to help identify patient's true needs and match those needs with health system capacity in real-time.

  • Maya Adam

    Maya Adam

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - Infectious Diseases

    Bio Dr. Adam is the Director of Health Media Innovation and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford School of Medicine. She creates video-based entertainment-education on topics related to maternal child health, nutrition and disease prevention. She has designed and produced online educational content for the Stanford School of Medicine for use in their preclinical programs, continuing medical education programs and global health promotion efforts. She is the creator of five massive open online courses and advisor for Stanford?s Digital Medical Education International Collaborative (Digital MEdIC) in South Africa. Adam is principal investigator on two randomized-controlled trials investigating the impact of digital global health education interventions on health-promoting behaviors. She is also a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Innovation in Global Health and the author of Food, Love, Family: A Practical Guide to Child Nutrition.

  • Alyce Sophia Adams

    Alyce Sophia Adams

    Stanford Medicine Innovation Professor and Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health, of Medicine (Primary Care and Outcomes Research) and, by courtesy, of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)

    Bio Dr. Adams is the inaugural Stanford Medicine Innovation Professor and Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health and of Medicine (Primary Care and Outcomes Research), as well as Associate Director for Health Equity and Community Engagement in the Stanford Cancer Institute. Focusing on racial and socioeconomic disparities in chronic disease treatment outcomes, Dr. Adams' interdisciplinary research seeks to evaluate the impact of changes in drug coverage policy on access to essential medications, understand the drivers of disparities in treatment adherence among insured populations, and test strategies for maximizing the benefits of treatment outcomes while minimizing harms through informed decision-making. Prior to joining Stanford School of Medicine, Dr. Adams was Associate Director for Health Care Delivery and Policy and a Research Scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, as well as a Professor at the Bernard J. Tyson Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine. From 2000 to 2008, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Medicine (formerly Ambulatory Care and Prevention) at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health care. She received her PhD in Health Policy and an MPP in Social Policy from Harvard University. She is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for AcademyHealth and a former recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Excellence in Mentoring Award from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and an invited lecturer on racial disparities in health care in the 2014/2015 National Institute of Mental Health Director?s Innovation Speaker Series.

  • Ananta Addala

    Ananta Addala

    Instructor, Pediatrics - Endocrinology and Diabetes

    Bio I am a pediatric endocrinologist and physician scientist addressing disparities in pediatric type 1 diabetes management and outcomes. I have a longstanding research and clinical interest to promote equitable care for youth with type 1 diabetes informed by biological, social, psychological, and systemic determinants of health. In addition to my training in pediatric endocrinology, I hold an MPH with a focus on behavioral drivers of health and epidemiology. As a physician with a background in pediatric endocrinology, epidemiology, and behavioral health, I aim to build an evidenced-based approach to addressing T1D disparities by systematically evaluating youth-, family-, provider-, and system-level barriers to optimal diabetes care in youth from low socioeconomic and racial/ethnic minority groups. To date, my publications have demonstrated that the disparities in pediatric T1D by socioeconomic status are worsening in the US, provider bias against public insurance is common, and public insurance mediated interruptions to diabetes technology adversely impact glycemic outcomes. I have also been leading the efforts to improve justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in research at Stanford University through leadership at Stanford Pediatrics Advancing Anti-Racism Coalition (SPAARC).

  • Ehsan Adeli

    Ehsan Adeli

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My research lies in the intersection of Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Healthcare, and Computational Neuroscience.

  • Steven Adelsheim

    Steven Adelsheim

    Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Bio Steven Adelsheim, MD is a child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist who works to support community behavioral health partnerships locally, regionally, at the state level and nationally. He is the Director of the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Adelsheim has partnered in developing statewide mental health policy and systems, including those focused on school mental health, telebehavioral health, tribal behavioral health programs, and suicide prevention. For many years Dr. Adelsheim has been developing and implementing early detection/intervention programs for young people in school-based and primary care settings, including programs for depression, anxiety, prodromal symptoms of psychosis, and first episodes of psychosis. Dr. Adelsheim is also involved in the implementation of integrated behavioral health care models in primary care settings as well as the use of media to decrease stigma surrounding mental health issues. He is currently leading the US effort to implement the headspace model of mental health early intervention for young people ages 12-25 based in Australia. Dr. Adelsheim also leads the national clinical network for early psychosis programs called PEPPNET.

  • John R. Adler, MD

    John R. Adler, MD

    The Dorothy and Thye King Chan Professor in Neurosurgery, Emeritus

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests The development and implementation of computerized, image-guided surgical tools to be used during minimally invasive brain operations. The clinical outcome of new technologies, and in particular the application of radiosurgery, for the treatment of brain tumors. The creation of new radiosurgical techniques for a wide array of brain and spine disorders.

  • Sarah Adler

    Sarah Adler

    Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests I am interested in the design and delivery of clinical care using, data and technology. I have focused on disordered eating behaviors and obesity.

  • Shehla Admani, MD

    Shehla Admani, MD

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Dermatology

    Bio Shehla Admani, M.D. is Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology. Dr. Admani completed her dermatology residency at the University California, San Diego where she served as chief resident during her final year. She is board certified in dermatology and pediatric dermatology. Dr. Admani?s academic interests include pediatric dermatology, vulvar dermatology, skin cancer and dermatologic surgery.

  • Bruce T. Adornato

    Bruce T. Adornato

    Adjunct Clinical Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

    Bio Dr. Adornato joined the Department of Neurology as Voluntary Clinical Faculty in 1978, (subsequently Adjunct Clinical Faculty) and has served as Director of the Neuromuscular Laboratory from 1978 until 1983, performing and interpreting nerve and muscle biopsies as well as serving as attending physician directing residents and medical students in the diagnosis and care of his private patients admitted to Stanford Hospital. Since 1986, he has been attending physician at the Palo Alto VA Hospital, directing Stanford Neurology residents and medical students in the care of veterans. He has published 69 peer reviewed papers and a number of book chapters in the field of neurology. He is currently the medical officer of a silicon valley startup exploring mobility devices for the neurologically impaired.

  • Ranjana Advani

    Ranjana Advani

    Saul A. Rosenberg, MD, Professor of Lymphoma

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Clinical investigation in Hodgkin's disease, non-Hodgkin's Lymphomas and cutaneous lymphomas. Experimental therapeutics with novel chemotherapy and biologically targeted therapies.

    The research program is highly collaborative with radiation oncology, industry, pathology and dermatology.

  • Catherine Aftandilian

    Catherine Aftandilian

    Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests I am interested in the prevention and management of infectious complication in pediatric oncology patients. I am also interested in developing a protocol for the management of low risk patients with fever and neutropenia.

  • Rajni Agarwal-Hashmi

    Rajni Agarwal-Hashmi

    Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Stem Cell Transplantation)

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Hematopoietic Stem cell biology-created a SCID mouse model to study engraftment of cord blood derived hematopoietic cells and use of this model to develop gene transfer technology for Fanconi anemia.
    Clinical research interests are to develop new protocols to reduce graft vs host disease,treatment of viral infections post transplant and use of manipulated HSC graft in patients who receive mismatched donor transplants.

  • Rita Agarwal

    Rita Agarwal

    Clinical Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Part of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Information Network (SPAIN) Steering Committee, looking at shirt and long tern outcomes of various pain management techniques in children.

  • Anuj Aggarwal

    Anuj Aggarwal

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

    Bio Anuj Aggarwal, M.D., is both a practicing anesthesiologist and pain specialist. Originally from Southern California, Dr. Aggarwal completed his undergraduate studies in biology with honors at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. He earned his medical degree from University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine with distinction, completing the Health Professions Education (HPE) Pathway advanced program. He completed his internship at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA. He then completed his Anesthesiology residency and Pain Medicine fellowship at Stanford Hospital, joining the faculty in 2018.

    In addition to his research and clinical areas of interest of perioperative pain and orofacial pain, he is the associate program director for the pain management fellowship, course director of pharmacology for the medical school and directs medical student and resident clerkships in pain management. Dr. Aggarwal has served as the pain theme lead in the pre-clerkship curriculum and has lectured in the pharmacological treatment of disease and practice of medicine courses for the medical students and pre-clerkship course for the physician assistant students.

  • Lusine Aghajanova, M.D., Ph.D.

    Lusine Aghajanova, M.D., Ph.D.

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology - Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

    Bio Dr. Aghajanova received her medical degree from Yerevan State Medical University in Armenia, followed by residency in obstetrics and gynecology, then completed PhD in Human Implantation at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, followed with embryology training at Karolinska Institute, with an Internship in Austria.
    She continued her research as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California San Francisco.

    Subsequently, Dr. Aghajanova completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas and at UC San Francisco. She proceeded then with subspecialty fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at UC San Francisco. She is a respected researcher in the field of endometrial receptivity, implantation and endometriosis.

    Dr. Aghajanova speaks Russian and Armenian and is very well published with over 50 peer-reviewed publications as well as numerous other oral and poster presentations and is a professional peer-reviewer for over 12 journals.

    Dr.Aghajanova enjoys spending time with her husband and children, and traveling.

  • W. Stewart Agras

    W. Stewart Agras

    Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emeritus

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My research is focused on disorders of human feeding including the eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. Ongoing or recently completed studies include: A controlled trial of the implementation of interpersonal psychotherapy for eating disorders and depression on college campuses across the U.S. A multisite controlled study of two types of family therapy for the treatment of adolescent anorexia nervosa. Early prevemtion of overweight and obesity.

  • Patrick Cunningham Ahearn, MD, MAS

    Patrick Cunningham Ahearn, MD, MAS

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Nephrology

    Bio Dr. Ahearn is a board-certified nephrologist. He is also a clinical assistant professor in the Stanford University School of Medicine Division of Nephrology.

    He specializes in providing innovative care to kidney disease and transplant patients. He develops a comprehensive, compassionate care plan personalized to each patient in his care.

    In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Ahearn has conducted research on barriers to transplantation for patients with extended dialysis exposure, disparities in living kidney donation, and disparities in access to kidney transplant. He also has researched kidney transplant outcomes as they relate to the timing of dialysis initiation plus new pharmaceuticals for the kidney transplant population.

    Dr. Ahearn has made presentations on these and other topics to the American Transplant Congress and Society of General Internal Medicine Meeting. He has published peer-reviewed articles on his research topics in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, JAMA Network Open, American Journal of Kidney Diseases, American Journal of Surgery, and elsewhere. He has published abstracts in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

    Dr. Ahearn has earned honors for his research and scholarship. He has received research funding from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
    Among his honors, Dr. Ahearn was on the kidney transplant team that earned the Stanford Health Care Integrated Strategic Plan Star Award. The team was recognized for delivering excellence in patient care as well as for identifying opportunities to improve care.

    He is a member of the American Society of Nephrology and American Society of Transplantation.

    He has volunteered his time and expertise as a board member of the Village of Hope, a transitional housing program for homeless men, women, and children in Orange County, California. Dr. Ahearn has served as a volunteer and proctor at the free clinic providing medical services to the uninsured.

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