Notable People

February 2017

Beth Beadle, MD, PhD

Beadle was appointed associate professor of radiation oncology, effective Jan. 1. She specializes in radiation therapy for head and neck cancers. Her research interests include improving patient outcomes through technology and developing automated radiation treatment techniques for low- and middle-income countries.


Tina Cowan, PhD

Cowan was promoted to professor of pathology, effective Jan. 1. She’s a biochemical geneticist who is working to improve testing to diagnose and monitor patients with metabolic disorders.


Manisha Desai, PhD

Desai was promoted to professor of medicine and of biomedical data science, effective Feb. 1. She is the founder and director of the Quantitative Sciences Unit, which supports researchers by providing expertise in biostatistics and informatics. She is developing team-based approaches to collaborate with clinical and translational investigators. Her research interests include the treatment of missing data, the processing and analysis of accelerometer data and the analysis of longitudinal studies.


Diana Do, MD

Do was appointed professor of ophthalmology, effective Jan. 1. She is a retina surgeon, and her research interests include developing new treatments for age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. 


Anthony Doufas, MD, PhD

Doufas was promoted to professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine, effective Dec. 1. His research focuses on pain responses and clinical opioid pharmacology in surgical patients suffering from sleep-disordered breathing.


Michael Jeng, MD

Jeng was promoted to professor of pediatrics, effective Jan. 1. His research and clinical practice focus on pediatric hematology. He is currently investigating histiocytic disorders, including Langerhans cell histiocytosis, hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis and vascular anomalies.


Mark McGovern, MD

McGovern was appointed professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, effective Jan. 30. His research focuses on developing and implementing integrated behavioral health services for patients with psychiatric disorders or addiction disorders, or both, who present in general medical settings. He also conducts research on expanding access to addiction medications and improving outcomes for patients with opioid addictions.


Quan Dong Nguyen, MD

Nguyen was appointed professor of ophthalmology, effective Feb. 1. He is a retina surgeon who specializes in the management of uveitis, ocular inflammatory diseases and vitreoretinal disorders. He has conducted clinical trials on macular edema, neovascular age-related macular degeneration and ocular inflammatory and uveitic diseases, as well as contributed to the development of several pharmacotherapeutic agents.


Kavita Sarin, MD, PhD

Sarin was appointed assistant professor of dermatology, effective Jan. 1. Her research interests involve integrating genetic and clinical patient data to inform disease susceptibility prediction, stratify prognoses and direct treatments for dermatologic disease.


Jay Shah, MD

Shah was appointed associate professor of urology, effective Jan. 1. He will also serve as cancer-care program leader for genitourinary oncology. He is a urologic oncologist who focuses on bladder cancer and uses both robotic and open surgery to treat patients. He conducts outcomes research on patients undergoing bladder removal surgery.


Gary Steinberg, MD, PhD

Steinberg professor and chair of neurosurgery, was among the recipients of Stroke’s 2016 Progress and Innovation Award. He won third prize for the paper “Clinical outcomes of transplanted modified bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells in stroke: a phase 1/2a study.” The prize includes a $1,000 and travel award to attend the 2017 International Stroke Conference. Steinberg is the Bernard and Ronni Lacroute-William Randolph Hearst Professor in Neurosurgery and Neurosciences.


Yang Sun, MD, PhD

Sun was appointed associate professor of ophthalmology, effective Feb. 1. His clinical work focuses on the medical and surgical management of glaucoma. His research interests include inositol metabolism and primary cilia signaling in eye development and disease.


Steven Frick, MD

Frick was appointed professor of orthopaedic surgery, effective Dec. 1. He is the chief of pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and vice chair for education for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. His clinical interests include clubfoot and disorders of the foot and ankle, complex fracture care, hip dysplasia, osteogenesis imperfecta and neuromuscular disorders. 


Aaron Gitler, PhD

Gitler, associate professor of genetics, was awarded one of 30 new R35 Research Program Awards from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The grants, which are intended to promote creative research by providing stable funding, finance five years of research with a potential three-year extension. Gitler will use the funding to explore ways of innovating yeast and human genetic approaches to define mechanisms of neurodegenerative disease.


Susan Hiniker, MD

Hiniker was appointed assistant professor of radiation oncology, effective Oct. 1. Her research interests include pediatric cancer, brain and central nervous system tumors, and Hodgkin’s disease.


Arden Morris, MD

Morris was appointed professor of surgery, effective Sept. 1. Her clinical work includes surgeries of the colon and rectum, and she uses mixed-methods research to focus on the quality of and disparities in surgical care. She directs the new Stanford-Surgery Policy, Improvement Research and Education Center.


January 2017

Kay Chang, MD

Chang was promoted to professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, effective Nov. 1. He is a pediatric otologist with research interests in the prevention of ototoxicity, neonatal hearing screening, the genetics of hearing loss and pediatric cochlear implants. 


Korey Hood, PhD

Hood was appointed professor of pediatrics and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, effective Nov. 1. His research and clinical efforts aim to improve the health and quality of life of people with diabetes and other chronic diseases.


John Leppert, MD

Leppert was promoted to associate professor of urology, effective Nov. 1. His research and clinical work focuses on kidney cancer surgery, kidney cancer detection and responses to cancer therapy.


S.V. Mahadevan, MD

Mahadevan was promoted to professor of emergency medicine, effective Dec. 1. He is the interim chair of emergency medicine. His research and clinical interests include emergency medicine education, trauma, emergency medical services and global health.


Elizabeth Mormino, PhD

Mormino was appointed assistant professor (research) of neurology and neurological sciences, effective Jan. 1. Her research interests include brain imaging with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease and aging.


Heather Moss, MD, PhD

Moss was appointed assistant professor of ophthalmology, effective Nov. 1. Her research aims to identify and develop markers of impaired optic nerve structure and function that can guide management of idiopathic intracranial hypertension to prevent blindness. Her clinical focus is on neuro-ophthalmology, including the diagnosis and treatment of brain, nerve and muscle disorders that affect vision.


Jochen Profit, MD

Profit was promoted to associate professor of pediatrics, effective Dec. 1. His research focuses on improving the design of health care systems to improve outcomes for sick newborns.


Hua Tang, PhD

Tang was promoted to professor of genetics, effective Dec. 1. In her research, she develops statistical and computational approaches to delineate the evolutionary history of the human population and to examine the genetic architecture of complex traits and diseases in minority populations.


Wen-Kai Weng, MD, PhD

Weng was promoted to associate professor of medicine, effective Dec. 1. His clinical focus is blood and marrow transplantation, and his research focuses on lymphoma, including immunotherapy and efforts to understand its pathobiology.


Lacramioara Bintu, PhD

Bintu was appointed assistant professor of bioengineering, effective Jan. 1. Her research focuses on understanding the dynamics of gene and chromatin regulation to improve mammalian cell engineering.

Thomas Cherpes, DVM, MD

Cherpes was appointed assistant professor of comparative medicine, effective Dec. 1. His research interests include the effect of female hormones on immune responses to genital-tract pathogens, host responses to chlamydia infection and the development of cellular immunotherapies for cancer.


Maximilian Diehn, MD, PhD

Diehn, assistant professor of radiation oncology, was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He was recognized for his work using sequencing to analyze circulating tumor DNA. The society includes more than 3,000 physician-scientists from all medical specialties who are selected for their significant research accomplishments.


Prasanna Jagannathan, MD

Jagannathan was appointed assistant professor of medicine, effective Jan. 1. His research focuses on the mechanisms of protective immunity in malaria and on immunogenic therapies and vaccines.


Thomas Robinson, MD

Robinson was awarded the 2016 Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health administered by McGill University. The prize, which includes a research award of 50,000 Canadian dollars (about $37,777), recognizes researchers who enhance the understanding of how physical activity, nutrition or psychosocial factors affect health. Robinson, the Irving Schulman, MD, Professor in Child Health and a professor of pediatrics and of medicine, was honored for his work combating childhood obesity.


Sui Wang, PhD

Wang was appointed assistant professor of ophthalmology, effective Jan. 1. Her research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying retinal diseases and retinal development by investigating gene regulatory networks.


Katja Weinacht, MD, PhD

Weinacht was appointed assistant professor of pediatrics, effective Oct. 1. Her clinical work focuses on genetic immune diseases and immune dysregulation. Her research examines the relationship between mitochondrial bioenergetics and cell development and explores the use of stem cell therapy for patients with DiGeorge syndrome.


J. Bradley Zuchero, PhD

Zuchero was appointed assistant professor of neurosurgery, effective Jan. 1. His research interests include the developmental biology of glia and diseases of the nervous system.


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