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Clinical Research Coordinator, Psych/General Psychiatry and Psychology (Adult)
Current Role at Stanford Clinical Research Coordinator
Adjunct Professor, Psych/Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences
Bio Dr. Vismara is a physician (retired interventional cardiologist) and a parent of four children. Since his son, Mark, was diagnosed with autism in 1995, he has dedicated himself to issues of child development, learning differences, diversity, and access to health care for under-served populations. Lou is a founding member of the UC Davis MIND Institute, the State of California's First Five Commission, and the California Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism.
From 2000 to 2015, Lou worked as one of the most senior staff members in the Legislature as a senior policy consultant for three consecutive leaders (Senators Burton, Perata, & Steinberg) of the California Senate. In 2009 Lou established the Senate Select Committee on Autism & Related Disorders. The Committee, which was chaired by Senate President Darrell Steinberg, provided the impetus for 51 separate legislative measure, 26 of which were signed into law.
Dr. Vismara is currently serving as a consultant for AKT Investments, which with the UC Davis Health Systems, is seeking to establish an integrated, health-focused community for individuals of all abilities across the lifespan. Lou has also been retained by the CA Community College Chancellor?s Office to establish an innovative employment/vocational training program for neurodiverse students, which will provide services and supports for older adults.
Brendan C. Visser, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery (General Surgery)
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Visser's research interests span the breath of his clinical practice. Areas of active research include the multidisciplinary treatment of pancreatic neuroendocrine cancers, technical aspects of minimally invasive pancreatic and liver surgery, and trends in the management of hepatobiliary cancers in California, focusing on socioeconomic and instituional barriers to appropriate care.
Lucas Kas Vitzthum, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Radiation Oncology - Radiation Therapy
Bio Dr. Vitzthum is a radiation oncologist and clinical assistant professor of radiation oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine. He specializes in the treatment of gastrointestinal and thoracic cancers. He also has a clinical and research interest in oligometastatic cancer, which is cancer that has metastasized to a limited number of sites beyond its origin.
He began his career in biomedical engineering and is passionate about integrating new technologies to advance patient care.
Dr. Vitzthum delivers treatment personalized to each patient?s condition, overall health, and goals. He believes clear communication between doctor and patient is vital to help patients make informed care decisions.
His research interests include clinical trial development, survivorship, and predictive modeling to personalize patient treatment. He is especially interested in pursuing research that can address unmet clinical needs.
Dr. Vitzthum has received research support through the Radiological Society of North America, the American Society of Clinical Oncology?s Conquer Cancer Foundation, and the UCSD Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute. His work has appeared in International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, Annals of Oncology, JAMA Oncology, Clinical Cancer Research, and other publications.
He is a member of the American College of Radiation Oncology, American Society for Radiation Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and Radiologic Society of North America.
Dr. Vitzthum is also interested in improving access to high-quality cancer care for under-served populations domestically and abroad.