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Tiffany E. Chao, MD, MPH, FACS
Academic Staff - Hourly - CSL, Surgery - General Surgery
Bio Dr. Chao is a board-certified general/trauma surgeon at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, an Adjunct Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery/Division of General Surgery in the School of Medicine, and a Faculty Fellow at the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health. She is the co-director of the undergraduate course HUMBIO 129S: Global Public Health and the medical school seminar SURG 236: Seminar in Global Surgery and Anesthesia, both Winter Quarter classes. She is also the associate director of Global Health: Beyond Diseases and International Organizations, a two-week intensive Spring Quarter course for Stanford residents and fellows.
Prior to her current roles, she served as a Paul Farmer Global Surgery Research Fellow with Harvard Medical School's Program in Global Surgery and Social Change. There, she conducted cost-effectiveness analyses and pursued expansion of surgical delivery for indigent populations through surgical workforce and infrastructure development internationally, working primarily in Liberia, Kenya, and Haiti. She completed the CTSA/Lucile Packard Innovation Fellowship at Stanford Biodesign, eventually becoming a co-founder of Zenflow, Inc., a venture-backed medical device company working in minimally-invasive therapy for prostate disease.
Dr. Chao holds dual Bachelor's degrees in Symbolic Systems and Psychology from Stanford University, as well as MD and MPH degrees from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where she graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. She completed General Surgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Robin Cisco, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery - General Surgery
Bio Dr. Robin Cisco is a board certified general surgeon and fellowship-trained endocrine surgeon. She specializes in surgery of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands and has expertise in lymph node dissection for thyroid cancer. Dr Cisco received her medical degree at Duke University before moving to Stanford for general surgery residency. During her residency, she completed a two-year research fellowship in surgical oncology, with a focus on cancer immunology.
After residency, she completed an endocrine surgery fellowship with the internationally recognized UCSF Division of Endocrine Surgery. She is the author of multiple publications related to endocrine surgery and surgical oncology and has an interest in minimally invasive approaches to thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal surgery. She is currently the Physician Leader of Stanford Health Care's Endocrine Oncology Cancer Care Program (CCP).
Dr. Cisco focuses on providing outstanding surgical care in an environment that is supportive of her patients and their families. She enjoys patient education and preoperative counseling, and seeks to lessen the anxiety that often comes with a recommendation for surgery. She currently sees patients both in San Jose at Stanford's Cancer Center South Bay and in Palo Alto in the Endocrine Oncology and Surgery clinic.