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    Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology and Oncology) at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital
    Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology) at the Stanford University School of Medicine
    Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor and Professor, by courtesy, of Biomedical Data Science
    Professor of Biomedical Data Science, Emeritus
    Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and of Biomedical Data Science
    Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor and Professor, by courtesy, of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center


    Quynh-Thu Le, MD received both her medical school and radiation oncology training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She then joined the Stanford faculty in 1997. She became the Chair of the Stanford Radiation Oncology Department in September 2011. She also holds the Katharine Dexter McCormick & Stanley Memorial Professorship at Stanford University. Her research focuses on translating laboratory findings to the clinic and vice versa in head and neck cancer (HNC), specifically in the area of tumor hypoxia and salivary gland stem cells. Her research is reflected in both her publications and grant funding. Hers was one of the first groups that identified circulating biomarkers for tumor hypoxia in HNC, leading to the application of some of these markers in clinical trials, testing hypoxia targeted strategies. On the clinical side, she has led multicenter phase II and III clinical trials, testing the addition of novel drugs as either radiosensitizer or radioprotector with chemoradiotherapy in HNC. She has received grant support from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) Education & Development Award, R01 and R21 grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH). She was inducted into the Fellowship of the American College of Radiology (FACR), the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (FASTRO) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM). She’s also received a distinguished alumni award from Caltech. Administratively, she is the Co-Director of the Radiation Biology Program of the Stanford Cancer Institute and the Chair of the Head and Neck Cancer Committee of the NRG Oncology Group, which is part of the NCI supported National Clinical Trial Network (NCTN), running large phase II-III studies for radiation in solid cancers. She serves on the editorial board of the several cancer related journals.
    Associate Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) and, by courtesy, of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology) at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System


    Chief Medical Officer, VA Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center at Palo Alto VA Site Co-Director, BD-STEP (VA & NCI Big Data Scientist Training & Enhancement Program) Chair, VISN21 Pharmacy Benefits Management Endocrine Task Force INTERESTS: Population health, individual precision health, healthcare system management and quality in clinical practice Molecular/genetic epidemiology, health services, big data health applications Novel scalable clinical/translational study designs and methods to enhance efficiency and effectiveness Use of electronic health records (EHR) and other data sources Endocrinology and Metabolism (cardiometabolic diseases and glycemic dysregulation, bone and body composition, cancers, thyroid) Aging and hormonal/metabolic transitions and dynamics
    Associate Professor of Urology and, by courtesy, of Medicine (Nephrology) at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System
    Professor of Radiology (Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford/Nuclear Medicine) and, by courtesy, of Physics, of Electrical Engineering and of Bioengineering


    Professor Levin's research interests involve the development of novel instrumentation and software algorithms for in vivo imaging of molecular signatures of disease in humans and small laboratory animals. These new cameras efficiently image radiation emissions in the form of positrons, annihilation photons, gamma rays, and light from molecular probes developed to target molecular signals from deep within tissue of live subjects. The goals of the instrumentation projects are to advance the sensitivity and spatial, spectral, and/or temporal resolutions. The algorithm goals are to understand the physical system comprising the subject tissues, radiation transport, and imaging system, and to provide the best available image quality and quantitative accuracy. The work involves computer modeling, position sensitive sensors, readout electronics, data acquisition, image formation, image processing, and data/image analysis algorithms, and incorporating these innovations into practical imaging devices The ultimate goal is to introduce these new imaging tools into studies of molecular mechanisms and new treatments of disease within living subjects.
    Professor (Research) of Medicine (Oncology)