Stanford Neurohospitalist Program Team

Kathryn Kvam, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Dr. Kvam is a board-certified neurologist and fellowship-trained neurohospitalist, specializing in the care of patients with a variety of acute neurological disorders including headache, epilepsy, Guillain-Barre, myasthenia gravis, encephalitis, multiple sclerosis and other neuroinflammatory diseases as well as neurologic complications of systemic disease. 

She is the founding director of the Stanford Neurohospitalist Program and spends most of her time attending on the neurohospitalist ward and consult services. She is actively involved in teaching medical students, residents and fellows. Dr. Kvam also helps co-direct the Neurology Resident Safety, Quality & Improvement Curriculum and has led a number of quality improvement initiatives on the inpatient neurology service. Her research interests include improving the quality and value of care for hospitalized neurology patients, transitions of care, postacute care of encephalitis, and resident and interprofessional education.

Carl Gold, MD, MS
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Dr. Gold joined the Stanford Neurohospitalist Program in 2016. He completed neurology residency at Columbia University Medical Center and advanced Neurohospitalist Fellowship training at UCSF. Clinically, Dr. Gold is particularly interested in diagnosis and management of uncommon and rare neurological diseases that present acutely.

As the leader of quality improvement efforts for the Department of Neurology, Dr. Gold oversees numerous projects with a common theme of improving the experience of patients hospitalized with neurological conditions. In addition, Dr. Gold is particularly keen to develop the communication skills of all neurology trainees. As the 2017-2018 Rathmann Family Medical Education Fellow, Dr. Gold has the unique opportunity to develop, implement, and evaluate an immersive clinical communication program for all the trainees who rotate through the neurology service. Dr. Gold will serve as inaugural Fellowship Director for the new Stanford Neurohospitalist Fellowship program.

Brian J. Scott, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Dr. Scott is a board-certified neurologist, and a graduate of the Tufts Neurology Residency program in Boston.  After residency, he pursued a clinical neuro-oncology fellowship at the Partners combined Massachusetts General Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute program, where he developed expertise in the diagnosis and management of individuals with primary brain tumors, brain metastasis, central nervous system lymphoma, neurologic paraneoplastic syndromes, and complications of cancer therapy.  He went on to complete the UCSF neurohospitalist fellowship, and subsequently remained on faculty in the neurohospitalist group where he developed clinical research interests in the neurohospitalist model of care, an effective diagnostic approach to suspected central nervous system lymphoma, leptomeningeal metastasis and a neurohospitalist-staffed acute care follow-up clinic. 

Dr Scott has spent the past 4 years as the director of inpatient neurology and the medical director of neuro-oncology at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, MA.  There, he led the formation of a neurohospitalist service and hospital discharge clinic, trained advanced practitioners and residents in acute and neurocritical care, and was a founding physician member of the neurocritical care service.  

Dr Scott has subspecialty board certification in neuro-oncology and neurocritical care.  He has been a member of the POINT (Platelet-oriented inhibition in new TIA/Ischemic Stroke) trial study team since 2011, and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, Neurohospitalist Society, Society for Neuro-Oncology, and editorial board of the Neurohospitalist journal.  He is passionate about improving the system of acute care for individuals with neurologic illness.  He also loves teaching medical students and residents, and has been selected for institutional and departmental teaching awards.  He is the newest member of the Stanford Neurohospitalist Program, having joined in the fall of 2017

Nirali Vora, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Dr. Vora provides high quality, compassionate, and comprehensive care to patients with stroke, brain hemorrhage, and TIA as well as all hospitalized adults with acute neurological presentations. She is board-certified in both neurology and vascular neurology. In addition to leading clinical trials in stroke prevention, she has received national and international recognition for her scholarly work in quality improvement surrounding systems of care. She is also a leader in the field of global neurology and the founding director of the Stanford Global Health Neurology program through which she started the first stroke unit in Zimbabwe and gained experience in HIV neurology and other neuro-infectious diseases. The program focuses on sustainable neurology capacity building through education. In addition to global neurology education efforts, she is deeply involved in the local education of Stanford trainees, where she serves as the Associate Director of the Adult Neurology Residency Program.

Tarini Goyal, MD
Neurohospitalist Fellow

Dr. Goyal grew up in Apple Valley, Minnesota and received her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and medical degree at the University of Minnesota. She completed neurology residency at Stanford University, during which she was recognized with the Fishers & Dunn Award for teaching medical students. During her fellowship training, she is excited to continue caring for patients with acute neurological disorders and pursue her interests in quality improvement, neuropalliative care, and medical education.