Notable People

February 2018

Shipra Arya, MD

Arya was appointed associate professor of surgery, effective Jan. 1. In addition, she was awarded the 2017 S. Timothy String President’s Award by the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery. The honor, which recognizes the best paper on vascular surgery presented at the association’s annual meeting, was given for the paper “High hemoglobin A1C associated with increased adverse limb events in peripheral arterial disease patients undergoing revascularization,” of which she was lead author. In addition, she was named a co-chair of the leadership committee of the Association of Academic Surgery.


Eran Bendavid, MD

Bendavid was promoted to associate professor of medicine, effective Dec. 1. His work uses empirical and modeling approaches to study the impacts of changing economic, political and natural environments on the major causes of death and disability in resource-strapped regions.


David Camarillo, PhD, and Gerald Grant, MD

Camarillo, assistant professor of bioengineering, and Grant, associate professor of neurosurgery, have received a $1 million, four-year grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to develop and share approximately 1,000 mouthguard sensors with head-injury researchers nationwide. That will allow for the collection of additional data, in collaboration with other researchers, to investigate the effect of head impacts on brain health.

Gary Darmstadt, MD

Darmstadt, professor of pediatrics and associate dean for maternal and child health, has received a $2 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to determine the gestational age and preterm birth rates in low-resource settings using newborn metabolic profiles. In addition, he has received a $2 million grant from the United Arab Emirates to support a forthcoming Lancet series focused on building evidence on how transforming gender norms can improve health outcomes.


Brooke Howitt, MD

Howitt was appointed assistant professor of pathology, effective Dec. 1. Her research focuses on classifying and evaluating neoplasms of the female genital tract.


Michael Howitt, PhD

Howitt was appointed assistant professor of pathology, effective Dec. 1. His research explores the relationship between intestinal tuft cells, the immune system and microorganisms. His work aims to expand therapeutic options for treating gastrointestinal inflammatory disease.


James Korndorffer Jr., MD

Korndorffer was appointed associate professor of surgery and vice chair of education for the Department of Surgery, effective Dec. 1. His research focuses on using technology, including simulation, to improve teaching and training in the field of surgery.


Catherine Krawczeski, MD

Krawczeski was promoted to professor of pediatrics, effective Dec. 1. Her research focuses on the outcomes of critically ill pediatric heart patients after cardiopulmonary bypass. She directs the pediatric cardiology fellowship and is the medical director of cardiovascular intensive care at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.


Parag Mallick, PhD

Mallick was promoted to associate professor (research) of radiology, effective Jan. 1. His research uses multiscale systems approaches to accelerate diagnostics and personalized medicine.


Latha Palaniappan, MD

Palaniappan, professor of medicine, received a health leadership award from the India Community Center in Milpitas, California, for her work on understudied populations in medicine and her efforts to encourage these communities to participate in clinical research. Her research focuses on the effects of physical activity on the management of diabetes, particularly in Asian populations, which have higher rates of diabetes.


Theo Palmer, PhD

Palmer was promoted to professor of neurosurgery, effective Jan. 1. His research examines how neural stem cells respond to genetic and environmental factors, and how these responses influence the integration of newly generated neurons into functional neural circuits. Specifically, he examines neurodevelopmental disease risk genes that can become problematic when combined with an illness experienced by the mother during pregnancy.


Sergiu Pasca, MD

Pasca, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, was awarded a 2018 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science. The honor, which recognizes young immigrants who have demonstrated exceptional promise early in their careers, includes a $50,000 cash award. He received the prize for developing realistic models of the human brain and unearthing fundamental insights into the biology of neuropsychiatric diseases like autism.


Alan Schatzberg, MD

Schatzberg, the Kenneth T. Norris, Jr., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of the Stanford Mood Disorders Center, received a 2017 Julius Axelrod Mentorship Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. The honor is given to a college member who has made an outstanding contribution to neuropsychopharmacology by mentoring and developing future leaders.


Vittorio Sebastiano, PhD

Sebastiano, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, received a $100,000 research grant from the American Federation for Aging Research. The awards are given to early career investigators to support research on aging and age-related diseases. His project will investigate aging reversal in cells using transient reprogramming.


Mehrdad Shamloo, PhD

Shamloo was promoted to professor (research) of neurosurgery, effective Dec. 1. His work focuses on understanding normal and pathological brain functions in neurological disorders, such as stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and autism, and on developing experimental therapeutics.


Tait Shanafelt, MD

Shanafelt was appointed professor of medicine, effective Nov. 1. His clinical work and research focus on the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and other low-grade lymphoid leukemias. He is Stanford Medicine’s chief wellness officer and directs the WellMD Center.


Carla Shatz, PhD

Shatz, the Sapp Family Provostial Professor, David Starr Jordan Director of Stanford Bio-X and a professor of neurobiology and of biology, is a winner of the 2017 Harvey Prize in Science and Technology. The $75,000 prize recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to humankind. She is being honored for her discoveries about the development of visual circuits in the brain.


Sidhartha Sinha, MD

Sinha was appointed assistant professor of medicine, effective Dec. 1. His research focuses on understanding the microenvironmental changes in the inflamed versus normal gut, with the goal of identifying therapeutic targets for people with gastrointestinal immune-mediated disorders. He also uses machine learning to understand patient and societal perceptions related to gastrointestinal diseases on social media and in other unstructured data sources.


David Spain, MD

Spain, professor of surgery, the David L. Gregg, MD, Professor and chief of trauma and critical care surgery, has received a four-year, $2.5-million grant from the National Institute on Minority Heath and Health Disparities. The grant will allow Spain, along with Eve Carlson, PhD, from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, to develop and test a screen to accurately identify people, including members of several minority groups, at high risk for mental health problems following serious illnesses or injuries.


Gary Steinberg, MD, PhD

Steinberg, the Bernard and Ronni Lacroute-William Randolph Hearst Professor in Neurosurgery and Neurosciences and chair of neurosurgery, has received an American Ingenuity Award in life sciences from Smithsonian magazine. The honor recognizes outstanding innovators in a variety of fields. His work uses stem cell transplants to the brain to help stroke patients recover neurologic functions, even years following a stroke.


David K. Stevenson, MD

Stevenson, the Harold K. Faber Professor of Pediatrics and senior associate dean for maternal and child health, has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was selected for distinguished contributions in neonatology and pediatrics, particularly for his work on neonatal jaundice, bilirubin production and heme oxygen biology. His clinical and research focus is on neonatal jaundice and the prevention of preterm birth.


Seda Tierney, MD

Tierney was appointed associate professor of pediatrics, effective Dec. 1. She directs the Pediatric Vascular Research Laboratory and is the director of research for the Non-Invasive Imaging Laboratory at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Her research focuses on noninvasive assessment of vascular health in children and the use of telehealth to deliver interventions to improve cardiovascular health.


Jong Yoon, MD

Yoon was promoted to associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, effective Oct. 1. His research focuses on developing new treatments for schizophrenia and psychosis by examining the neural mechanisms driving the conditions.


January 2018

Charles K.F. Chan, PhD

Chan was appointed assistant professor of surgery, effective Nov. 1. His group is investigating how stem cell niches change during tissue regeneration and aging and in diseases such as cancer.


Howard Chang, MD, PhD

Chang, professor of dermatology and the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor of Cancer Genomics, will receive the 2018 National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology. The $25,000 award honors a young scientist who has made a recent notable discovery. He was recognized for his “insightful discoveries of long noncoding RNAs and technologies unveiling the noncoding genome.”


Jonathan Chen, MD, PhD

Chen was appointed assistant professor of medicine, effective Nov. 1. His research focuses on mining clinical data sources to inform medical decision making.


Michael Cherry, PhD

Cherry, professor of genetics, has been awarded a $1.2 million grant as part of the National Institutes of Health Data Commons Pilot Phase. The four-year pilot project will explore how to make digital information available on collaborative platforms. With other investigators, he is responsible for the Alliance of Genome Resources data set, which will serve as a test case for the pilot project.


Ronald Dalman, MD

Dalman, the Walter Clifford Chidester and Elsa Rooney Chidester Professor of Surgery, was elected to a three-year term on the board of governors of the American College of Surgeons representing the Society for Vascular Surgery. With more than 80,000 members, the American College of Surgeons is the world’s largest organization of surgeons.


Lane Donnelly, MD

Donnelly was appointed professor of radiology, effective Nov. 1. His work focuses on quality and patient safety in pediatric radiology. He is the chief quality officer at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.


Aaron Gitler, PhD

Gitler, professor of genetics, was awarded the 2017 Friedrich Merz Guest Professorship at Goethe University Frankfurt. The honor, which includes $20,000 euros (about $24,000) and travel to Germany, was created to invite a highly respected scientist in pharmaceuticals or medicine to travel to the university to share his or her research and network with local researchers. Gitler was selected for his work in mice that halted the progression of the motor neuron disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) for more than a year. 


Robert Harrington, MD

Harrington, professor and chair of medicine and the Arthur L. Bloomfield Professor, was awarded the Clinical Research Prize for 2017 from the American Heart Association. He was recognized for outstanding achievement in clinical cardiovascular science. He designs and leads clinical trials to improve care for patients with coronary heart disease, with a particular focus on reducing complications from blood clots.


Siddhartha Jaiswal, MD, PhD

Jaiswal was appointed assistant professor of pathology, effective Nov. 1. His research focuses on the biology and clinical impact of somatic mutations in hematopoietic stem cells that arise during aging.


William Kuo, MD

Kuo was promoted to professor of radiology, effective Nov. 1. His research focuses on advanced vena cava filter retrieval; catheter-directed therapy for acute pulmonary embolism; and inferior vena cava, or IVC, filter outcomes. He directs the Stanford IVC Filter Clinic, the interventional radiology fellowship program and the integrated interventional radiology-diagnostic radiology residency program.


Grace M. Lee, MD

Lee was appointed professor of pediatrics, effective Nov. 1. Her work focuses on developing quality metrics for use in pediatrics, evaluating the impact of payment policies on health outcomes, preventing health care-associated infections and conducting near real-time surveillance to monitor the safety of medical product use.


Tracey McLaughlin, MD

McLaughlin was promoted to professor of medicine, effective Sept. 1. Her research focuses on obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. She is a co-founder of the diabetes task force at Stanford Health Care.


John Morton, MD

Morton, associate professor of surgery, was named clinical editor of the Bariatric Times. He is the chief of bariatric and minimally invasive surgery and directs the bariatric and minimally invasive surgery fellowship at Stanford.


Mindie Nguyen, MD

Nguyen was promoted to professor of medicine, effective Nov. 1. Her research focuses on the epidemiology and treatment outcomes of liver cancer, chronic hepatitis B and C and nonalcoholic fatty liver diseases. She is the hepatology clerkship director and the director for the hepatology fellowship.


Jon Park, MD

Park was promoted to professor of neurosurgery, effective Oct. 1. Clinically, he specializes in minimally-invasive spine surgery. His research focuses on nonfusion dynamic spinal stabilization and on both artificial disc and regenerative spinal technologies.


Carolyn Rodriguez, MD, PhD

Rodriguez, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, has received an Eva King Killam Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. The honor recognizes an early career researcher who has made outstanding contributions to translational research in neuropsychopharmacology. She was recognized for her work investigating the role of glutamatergic pathways in obsessive-compulsive disorder.


Joshua Salomon, PhD

Salomon was appointed professor of medicine, effective Aug. 1. His research focuses on priority-setting in U.S. and global health policy, including measurement and valuation of health outcomes, modeling patterns and trends in major causes of death and disability, and on evaluation of health interventions and policies. He directs the Prevention Policy Modeling Lab, a multi-institution research consortium that conducts health and economic modeling related to infectious disease.


Abraham Verghese, MD

Verghese, professor of medicine and the Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor, received the Jonathan E. Rhoads Commemorative Lecture & Award from the American Philosophical Society, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Department of Surgery. His lecture highlighted physicians such as Che Guevara and Frantz Fanon whose medical conscience puts them in conflict with those in power. Verghese is an internist and medical educator whose interests include the patient-physician relationship and the bedside exam.


Euan Ashley, FRCP, DPhil

Ashley has been promoted to professor of medicine, effective Sept. 1, 2017. His research develops methods to use genome sequencing data to improve the diagnosis of genetic disease and to personalize the practice of medicine. Ashley directs the Clinical Genome Program and the Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease at Stanford, and is principal investigator of the MyHeart Counts study.


Dimitri Augustin, MD

Augustin, a postdoctoral scholar in nephrology and an innovation fellow with the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign, was named a diversity and inclusion fellow for the American Society of Nephrology. The one-year position offers the opportunity to contribute to the society’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Manisha Desai, PhD

Desai, professor of medicine and of biomedical data science, has received the Outstanding Mentorship Award from the American Statistical Association’s Section on Statistical Consulting. The honor recognizes leadership in the mentoring and career development of students, statisticians and statistical investigators.


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