Bass Society Pediatric Fellows


Rachel Goldstein, MD
Mary Gallo Endowed Postdoctoral Fellow in Adolescent Medicine (2016 - 2018)
Second-Year Fellow – Adolescent Medicine

Education:
BS, Muhlenberg College, 2007
MD, University of California, San Francisco, 2012
Certificate in Advanced Training in Clinical Research, University of California, San Francisco, 2012
Residency, Stanford University, 2015

Research focus:
Dr. Goldstein’s research focuses on the treatment of children and adolescents with eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa. Patients with anorexia nervosa can have many medical complications from malnutrition. One of the most serious is bradycardia (low heart rate), which is often used as part of the criteria for hospitalization. However, individuals who are athletic often have lower resting heart rates as a result of conditioning, which can make it difficult to use their heart rate to assess their medical status. Dr. Goldstein will explore whether there are other aspects of the electrocardiogram (EKG) that may be better predictors of malnutrition and can therefore be used to track recovery for patients with eating disorders.

Mentor:
Jennifer Carlson, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Adolescent Medicine)


Meena Kadapakkam, MD
Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2018)
Second-Year Fellow – Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Education:

BS, University of Texas at Austin, 2008
MD, Baylor College of Medicine, 2012
Residency, University of Texas Southwestern, 2015

Research focus:
Dr. Kadapakkam will characterize a novel, long non-coding RNA called EWSAT2 to determine its role in the formation of Ewing sarcoma, the second most common pediatric bone cancer. Ewing sarcoma is characterized by an EWS-FLI mutation; however, it remains unclear how exactly this mutation leads to cancer formation. EWSAT2 was recently discovered to be overly expressed due to the EWS-FLI mutation. In her research, Dr. Kadapakkam aims to further understand the role of EWSAT2 in Ewing sarcoma.

Mentor:
Alejandro Sweet-Cordero, MD
Associate Professor (Research) of Pediatrics (Cancer Biology)


Neha Kumbhat, MD, FAAP
Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Fellow (2017-2019)
Second Year Fellow – Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Education:
MD, Grant Medical College and JJ Group of Hospitals, Mumbai, India, 2003
Internship and Residency, Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, NY, 2010

Research focus: An adrenal gland that is unable to transition to extra uterine life is being increasingly recognized as a risk factor for poor outcomes in sick, premature infants. Increasing survival of the extremely premature infants provides more incentive to deeply investigate the role of adrenal function in sick neonates. Understanding the role of adrenal function may provide clinicians with information to guide interventions and counsel families regarding outcomes and prognosis. Dr. Kumbhat’s research is focused on the role of adrenal insufficiency leading to low blood pressure in extremely preterm infants, and its association with death or adverse outcome. Utilizing a retrospective, 10 year cohort of extremely preterm infants born at LPCH, she will determine maternal and newborn variables that are risk factors for low blood pressure and adrenal insufficiency. Data from co-syntropin stimulation testing (a test of adrenal function) will be examined as a potential prognostic marker for adverse neonatal outcome. With these data, she plans to develop a predictive model to identify infants that are at the highest risk of poor outcome. Her ultimate goal is to design a prospective study which uses information from the current retrospective study to drive earlier and more aggressive treatment of adrenal insufficiency to improve outcomes. 

Mentors:
Susan Hintz, MD, MS, Epi, FAAP
Robert L. Hess Family Endowed Professor in Neonatal and Developmental Medicine
Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology) and, by courtesy, of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Alexis Davis, MD, MS, Epi, FAAP
Clinical Associate Professor (Neonatology)


Rayhan Lal, MD
Bechtel Endowed Fellow in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2017-2019)
Third Year Fellow – Medical and Pediatric Endocrinology

Education:
BS, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2006
MD, University of California, Davis School of Medicine, 2011
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Residency, University of Southern California, 2015
Medical and Pediatric Chief Resident, Los Angeles County Hospital, 2015

Research focus: Dr. Lal has had type 1 diabetes since he was 12 years old. The Diabetes Prevention Trial at Stanford identified his two sisters as being at high risk for the disease and they too eventually developed diabetes. His goal is to improve and simplify the treatment of type 1 diabetes. With a background in engineering and the mentorship of Bruce Buckingham, MD, he is investigating new technology to optimize the automated delivery of insulin based on blood glucose.

Mentors:
Bruce Buckingham, MD
Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)

David Maahs, MD
Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)

Marina Basina, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology)


Ken Sutha, MD, PhD
Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Fellow (2017-2019)
Second Year Fellow – Pediatric Nephrology

Education:
BS, Yale University, 2004
MD, Emory University, 2013
PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, 2013
Residency, Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington, 2016

Research focus: Current methodologies for the study of cellular processes contributing to pediatric disease rely on traditional two dimensional culture of immortalized cell lines, a technique that loses the spatial relationships and cellular interactions between the multiple cell types present in vivo. The development of long term primary culture of multiple cell types that preserves tissue ultrastructure would allow for more accurate disease modeling in studying molecular pathophysiology and for development of novel therapeutic agents. The current proposal seeks to establish a 3D organoid culture of primary kidney tissue. Additionally, we will use these techniques to culture renal tumor samples as organoids. This work will allow the future study of key pathways in renal tumors and is a more broadly enabling technology for the advancement of pediatric nephrology research.

Mentors:
Calvin Kuo, MD, PhD
Maureen Lyles D'Ambrogio Professor of Medicine (Hematology) 

Vivek Bhalla, MD, FASN
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Nephrology)


Jennifer Tsai, MD
Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Endowed Fellow in Pediatric Cancer and Blood Diseases (2017-2019)
Second-Year Fellow – Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
 
Education:
BS, University of California, Berkeley, 2006
MD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 2013
Residency, Oregon Health and Science University, 2016
 
Research focus:
Dr. Tsai is interested in bringing new and better therapies to children with cancer and blood diseases. Her research will focus on increasing aldehyde metabolism as a possible treatment for Fanconi anemia, a serious inherited disease. Chemicals called aldehydes are known to cause bone marrow damage, which is a hallmark of Fanconi anemia. Impaired aldehyde metabolism due to a genetic mutation in the aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 gene, a common condition in parts of the world such as East Asia, appears to hasten bone marrow damage in Fanconi anemia and is associated with increased risk of developing certain cancers. She will be testing small molecules that increase breakdown of aldehydes as a possible future treatment to prevent bone marrow failure.

Mentors:
Kenneth Weinberg, MD
Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Pediatric Cancer and Blood Diseases (Pediatric Hematology/Oncology)

Daria Mochly-Rosen, PhD
George D. Smith Professor in Translational Medicine (Chemical and Systems Biology)

Eric Kool, PhD
George A. and Hilda M. Daubert Professor in Chemistry


Peng Wu, MD, PhD
Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Postdoctoral Fellow (2017-2019)
Second-Year Fellow – Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Education:
BS, Chemistry and Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004
MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, 2013
PhD, The Rockefeller University, 2012
Residency, University of California, San Francisco, 2016

Research focus: My project will investigate the role of liver stem cells in the development of a type of cancer called hepatoblastoma, which is the most common liver tumor in childhood and accounts for 1-2% of pediatric cancers. I will determine whether hepatoblastoma cells behave similarly to liver stem cells in terms of their DNA content and their expression of genes that mark stem cells. I will further determine the role of a signaling pathway called Wnt in the proliferation of hepatoblastoma cells. I will determine if inhibiting Wnt compromises the growth of hepatoblastoma cells, which has implications for the use of Wnt inhibitors as therapy for hepatoblastoma. I will further develop a mouse model of hepatoblastoma and study whether aberrant Wnt signaling in liver stem cells can give rise to hepatoblastoma. A better understanding of the pathways that lead to the development of hepatoblastoma may lead to more targeted therapies for this rare childhood cancer.

Mentors:
Roeland Nusse, PhD
Professor of Developmental Biology

Past Holders

  • Priya Akula, MD
    Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Fellow (2012-2014)
    Second -Year Fellow – Neonatology
  • Shelly Bar, MD
    Mary Gallo Endowed Postdoctoral Fellow (2014 – 2016)
    Currently: Clinical Instructor, Adolescent Medicine
  • Jori Bogetz, MD
    Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Fellow (2012-2013)
    Currently: Clinical Instructor, Pediatrics - General Pediatrics
  • MyMy Buu, MD
    Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Fellow (2011-2012)
    Currently: Instructor, Pediatrics - Pulmonary Medicine
  • Maria Caimol, MD
    Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Fellow (2009-2011)
    Currently: Pediatric Nephrologist, Providence Alaska Medical Center
  • Dean Carson, PhD
    Stanford Autism Center Fellow (2014 –2016)
    Currently: Director of Scientific and Clinical Operations, TriGemina Inc
  • Michal Cidon, MD
    Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Fellow (2009-2011)
    Currently: Instructor, Pediatrics - Rheumatology and General Pediatrics
  • Cathleen Ann Collins, MD, PhD
    Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Fellow (2014-2016)
    Currently: Instructor, Pediatrics - Allergy and Clinical Immunology
  • Nicolas Currier, MD, PhD
    Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Endowed Fellow in Pediatric Cancer and Blood Diseases (2014-2015)
    Second-Year Fellow – Hematology-Oncology
  • Mihaela Damian, MD, MPH
    Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Fellow (2011-2012)
    Currently: Clinical Instructor, Pediatrics - Critical Care
  • Ursula Ehmer, MD, PhD
    Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Fellow (2011-2012)
    Currently: postdoctoral fellow, Stanford University
  • Leslie Gee, MD
    Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Fellow (2009-2011)
    Currently: Clinical Instructor, Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine
  • John Hegarty, PhD
    Stanford Autism Center Fellow (2015-2017)
    Second-Year Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Child Psychiatry
  • Emily Johnston, MD
    Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Endowed Fellow in Pediatric Cancer and Blood Diseases (2015-2017)
    Currently: Clinical Instructor – Hematology/Oncology
  • Sara Kleinman, MD
    Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Postdoctoral Fellow (2016 - 2017)
  • James Lue, MD
    Bechtel Endowed Fellow in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2009-2011)
    Currently: Pediatrician, Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente
  • Susanne Martin, MD
    Mary Gallo Endowed Fellow (2012-2014)
    Second-year Fellow – Adolescent Medicine
  • Candice O'Hern Perfetto, MD
    Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Fellow (2012-2014)
    Second-year Fellow – Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Anca M. Pasca, MD
    Bechtel Endowed Fellow in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2015-2017)
    Second-Year Fellow – Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
  • Trung Hoang Minh Pham, MD, PhD
    Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Fellow (2014-2017)
    Currently: Instructor – Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Jane Park, MD
    Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Fellow (2009-2010)
    Currently: Second-year Rheumatology Fellow, University of Washington Department of Medicine
  • Francesca Pei, PhD
    Stanford Autism Center Fellow (2013-2015)
    Currently: Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Psychiatry
  • Daniel DeSalvo, MD
  • Adam Sang, MD
    Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Fellow (2015-2017)
    Resident in Surgery – General Surgery
  • Hilary Seeley, MD
    Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Fellow (2014-2017)
    Currently: Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - Endocrinology and Diabetes
  • Vivian Shih, MD 
    Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Fellow (2013-2015) 
    Second-year Fellow – Pediatric Nephrology
  • Nivedita Srinivas, MD
    Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Fellow (2012-2013)
    Currently: Clinical Instructor, Pediatrics - General Pediatrics
  • Matthew Stenerson, MD
    Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Fellow (2012-2014)
    Second-year Fellow – Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Serena Tan, MD
    Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Fellow (2011-2013)
    Currently: General Surgery Resident, Stanford Hospital  
  • Ann Ming Yeh, MD
    Bechtel Endowed Fellow in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2011-2013)
    Currently: Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - Gastroenterology
  • Grace Yu, MD, MSc
    Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Fellow (2009-2010)
    Currently: Pediatrician, Allergy and Immunology, Palo Alto Medical Foundation