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  • Karleen Frances Giannitrapani

    Karleen Frances Giannitrapani

    Instructor (Affiliated) [Vapahcs], Primary Care and Population Health

    Bio Karleen Giannitrapani PhD MPH, is an Instructor in the Division of Primary Care and Population Health at Stanford University School of Medicine. As a Core Investigator at the Center for Innovation to Implementation (Ci2i) in the VA Palo Alto Health Care System she is the Principal Investigator of an effort to facilitate the role of employee occupational health during the Covid Pandemic. She is also a co-investigator and methods lead on multiple ongoing studies representing over 25 Million dollars of VA funding. Since 2018, she is the Associate Director of the VA Quality Improvement Resource Center (QuIRC) for Palliative care, one of three centers supporting Veterans Affairs Geriatrics and Extended Care nationally where she focuses on improving the processes that interdisciplinary teams can leverage to improve pain and symptom management among high-risk high-need patients. Her expertise includes organizational behavior, building teams, healthcare team functioning, implementation science, mixed methods-research, quality improvement, chronic pain, palliative care, and global health.

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=karleen+giannitrapani

    VA Appointments
    Associate Director, Quality Improvement Resource Center for Palliative Care (2018-Present)
    Investigator, Center for Innovation to Implementation -Ci2i (2016-Present)

    Professional Education
    PhD, University of California Los Angeles, Health Policy and Management (2015)
    MPH, University of California Los Angeles, Community Health Sciences (2010)
    MA, University of California Los Angeles, African Studies (2010)
    BA, Boston University, Anthropology and Religion (2006)

  • Christophe Gimmler, MD, MFT

    Christophe Gimmler, MD, MFT

    Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated) [Vapahcs], Primary Care and Population Health

    Bio Christophe Gimmler, MD, MFT, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine (Affiliated) at Stanford School of Medicine;
    Staff Physician, Medical Service, VA Palo Alto Health Care System;
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
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    After establishing and building the hospitalist and consult/liaison medicine service at the VA, Christophe now practices and teaches medical students and house staff in the primary care clinics there. He concurrently practices as a community psychotherapist and specializes in medical professionals. His central interest is the intersection of medicine and psychotherapy and, in particular, the application of psychological frameworks and skills to the practice of medicine, in addition to to resiliency and burnout prevention. He developed the Medical Student Resiliency Skills Training program (MedReST) for the Stanford School of Medicine as well as the Resiliency Curriculum Series for the internal medicine residency program. He received as undergraduate degree in biology and psychology and an MD from the University of Virginia, completed his internal medicine residency at Stanford, and received a Master?s in Counseling Psychology from Sofia University.

    Publications:
    Foster Well-being Throughout the Career Trajectory: A Developmental Model of Physician Resilience Training:
    Mayo Clinic Proceedings
    Cordova MJ, Gimmler CE, Osterberg LG
    2020; 95 (12):

    Developing institutional infrastructure for physician wellness: qualitative Insights from VA physicians.
    BMC Health Services Research
    Schwartz, R., Shanafelt, T. D., Gimmler, C., Osterberg, L.
    2020; 20 (1): 7

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