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C. F. Rehnborg Professor in Disease Prevention in the School, Professor of Medicine, of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology) and by courtesy, of Statistics and of Biomedical Data Science
C.F. Rehnborg Chair in Disease Prevention at Stanford University, Professor of Medicine, Professor of Health Research and Policy, and Professor (by courtesy) of Biomedical Data Science at the School of Medicine; Professor (by courtesy) of Statistics at the School of Humanities and Sciences; co-Director, Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford; Director of the PhD program in Epidemiology and Clinical Research. Born in New York City in 1965 and raised in Athens, Greece. Valedictorian (1984) at Athens College; National Award of the Greek Mathematical Society (1984); MD (top rank of medical school class) from the National University of Athens in 1990; also received DSc in biopathology from the same institution. Trained at Harvard and Tufts (internal medicine and infectious diseases), then held positions at NIH, Johns Hopkins and Tufts. Chaired the Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, University of Ioannina Medical School in 1999-2010 (tenured professor since 2003) while also holding adjunct professor positions at Harvard School of Public Health, Tufts, and Imperial College. Senior Advisor on Knowledge Integration at NCI/NIH (2012-6). Served as President, Society for Research Synthesis Methodology, and editorial board member of many leading journals (including PLoS Medicine, Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, JNCI, Science Translational Medicine, Clinical Chemistry, Molecular and Cellular Proteomics, AIDS, IJE, JCE, Clinical Trials, and PLoS ONE, among others) and as Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Clinical Investigation (2010-now). Delivered ~500 invited and honorary lectures. Recipient of many awards (e.g. European Award for Excellence in Clinical Science , Medal for Distinguished Service, Teachers College, Columbia University , Chanchlani Global Health Award , Epiphany Science Courage Award ). Inducted in the Association of American Physicians (2009), European Academy of Cancer Sciences (2010) American Epidemiological Society (2015), European Academy of Sciences and Arts (2015). Honorary titles from FORTH (2014) and Ioannina (2015) and honorary doctorates from Rotterdam (2015) and Athens (2017). Multiple honorary lectureships/visiting professorships (Caltech, Oxford, LSHTM, Yale, U Utah, U Conn, UC Davis, U Penn among others). The PLoS Medicine paper on “Why most published research findings are false” has been the most-accessed article in the history of Public Library of Science (>2.5 million hits). Author of 7 literary books in Greek, two of which (“Toccata for the Girl with the Burnt Face” (Kedros 2012) and “Variations on the Art of the Fugue and a Desperate Ricercar” (Kedros 2014)) were shortlisted for best book of the year Anagnostis awards. Brave Thinker scientist for 2010 according to Atlantic, “may be one of the most influential scientists alive”. Author of ~1000 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 67% of papers as single/first/last author. Highly Cited Researcher according to Thomson Reuters in both Clinical Medicine and in Social Sciences. Citation indices: h=167, m=7 per Google Scholar (h=136 per WoS and Scopus). Current citation rates: >3,000 new citations per month per Google Scholar, >1,500 new citations per month per Scopus or Web of Knowledge. Current citation rates suggest that I am among the 10 scientists worldwide who are currently the most commonly cited, perhaps also the currently most-cited physician. This probably only proves that citation metrics are highly unreliable, since I estimate that I have been rejected over 1,000 times in my life. Regardless, I consider myself privileged to have learned and to continue to learn from interactions with students and young scientists (of all ages) from all over the world and I love to be constantly reminded that I know next to nothing.
Professor of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology) and of Medicine (Stanford Prevention Research Center)
Recipient of the Outstanding Scientific Contributions in Health Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association, Dr. King's research focuses on the development, evaluation, and translation of public health interventions to reduce chronic disease. Her current research focuses on expanding the reach and generalizability of evidence-based interventions through use of state-of-the-art communication technologies; community-based participatory research perspectives to address health disparities among disadvantaged populations; and policy-level approaches to health promotion. She has served on a number of government taskforces in the U.S. and abroad, including membership on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Scientific Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020, and the Science Board of the U.S. President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. An elected member of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research and Past President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, in 2014 she received honors from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) for outstanding research targeting health inequities. Her research on Citizen Science engagement to promote healthful living environments for All was honored in 2015 with an international excellence award. She has received the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Distinguished Research Mentor Award, and has twice received the Stanford Prevention Research Center’s Outstanding Contributions to Teaching Award.
Associate Professor of Medicine (Oncology) and of Health Research and Policy at the Stanford University Medical Center
Allison W. Kurian, M.D., M.Sc. is an Associate Professor of Medicine and of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, trained as a resident in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and completed her fellowship training in Medical Oncology along with a master’s degree in Epidemiology at Stanford University. As Director of the Stanford Women’s Clinical Cancer Genetics Program, Dr. Kurian's clinical practice centers on women at high risk for developing breast and gynecologic cancers. Dr. Kurian’s research focuses on the identification of women with elevated breast and gynecologic cancer risk, and on the development and evaluation of novel techniques for early cancer detection and risk reduction. One current area of investigation is the utility of next-generation sequencing technology for clinical decision-making. Dr. Kurian's research has been supported by the National Cancer Institute, the Komen Foundation, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the California Breast Cancer Research Program, the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology) at the Stanford University School of Medicine
Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology) at the Stanford University Medical Center
Dr. Nguyen is Professor of Medicine and Director for the Hepatology Fellowship in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Liver Transplant Program at Stanford University Medical Center and Director for the Hepatology Clerkship for Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also a member of the Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford Bio-X and Stanford Population Science. She has a large and comprehensive practice of general liver as well as liver transplant patients at Stanford University Medical Center and weekly outreach clinics in the San Jose and monthly clinics in San Francisco area. Her research areas include epidemiology, clinical outcomes, translational studies, and therapeutic clinical trials for chronic hepatitis B, chronic hepatitis C, liver cancer/tumors, other chronic liver diseases as cause of liver cancer such as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and liver transplant-related issues. She has mentored over 130 trainees of diverse backgrounds and levels of training. Her research lab includes trainees who are high school students, undergraduate students, medical students, graduate students in the Masters' in Epidemiology Program or Public Health, interns/residents, gastroenterology/hepatology fellows, junior faculty, and international visiting scholars. She also serves as Pre-Major Academic Advisor for the undergraduate school. Her research base includes single-center Stanford-based cohorts, multi-center Bay Area consortium, multi-center US consortia as well as collaborative international cohorts. She is active in community outreach efforts locally and nationally including service as executive board of director for nonprofit organizations. She serves in the Education and Hepatology Associate Committees for the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), and as member of the Steering Committee for the Hepatobiliary Neoplasia Special Interest Group at AASLD. As Faculty Fellow at the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford University, Dr. Nguyen is active in Global Health with research collaboration and medical education program and exchanges, and ongoing work in and with several countries in the Asia Pacific region. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and American Gastroenterological Association Fellow, She is also a member of the European Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the Asia Pacific Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, and the International Liver Cancer Association. She has served in the Editorial Board for several journals including Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Alimentary Pharmacotherapy and Therapeutics, Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and Digestive Diseases and Science and as ad hoc reviewer for over 30 scientific journals.
Consulting Assistant Professor, Health Research & Policy Affiliate, Rad/Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Public Mental Health and Population Sciences) at the Stanford University Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Oncology) at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System
Associate Professor of Medicine (Stanford Prevention Research Center)
Judith (Jodi) Prochaska, PhD, MPH, is Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Stanford University with the Stanford Prevention Research Center, member of the Stanford Cancer Institute, and Faculty Research Fellow with the Stanford Clayman Institute for Gender Research. A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Prochaska completed her clinical psychology doctoral training and masters in public health degree at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University and her undergraduate studies at Duke University.