Bass Society Pediatric Fellows

Julia Arand, PhD
Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Endowed Fellow in Pediatric Cancer and Blood Diseases (2014-2018) 
Postdoctoral Fellow – Pediatric Cancer Biology

Education: 
Diploma, University of Saarland, Saarbrücken, Germany, 2007
PhD, University of Saarland, Saarbrücken, Germany, 2012

Research focus
Dr. Arand is investigating the role of RB (retinoblastoma protein) in mammalian tissue regeneration. While RB is well-known as a pediatric tumor suppressor, Dr. Arand’s focus is studying the potential role of RB in promoting regeneration. Dr. Arand’s work will primarily analyze the effect of inhibiting the RB tumor suppressor pathway in a whole, living organism (in vivo) on the enhancement of tissue regeneration.

Mentor
Julien Sage, PhD 
Harriet and Mary Zelencik Scientist in Children’s Cancer and Blood Diseases
Tashia and John Morgridge Endowed Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine


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)


John Hegarty, PhD
Stanford Autism Center Fellow (2015-2017) First-Year Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Child Psychiatry
 
Education:
BS, Clemson University, 2006
MA, San Diego State University, 2010
PhD, University of Missouri, 2015
 
Research focus:
Dr. Hegarty is primarily interested in the application of neuroimaging techniques to model treatment and bio-markers for neurodevelopmental disorders. Determination of clinically salient markers will allow improved diagnosis, earlier intervention, and more individualized treatment for young patients.
 
Mentors:
Antonio Hardan, MD
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; and Director of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic


Emily Johnston, MD
Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Endowed Fellow in Pediatric Cancer and Blood Diseases (2015-2017)
Second-Year Fellow – Hematology/Oncology
 
Education:
BA, Carleton College, 2004
MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, 2010
Residency, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, 2013
 
Research focus:
Dr. Johnston is interested in disparities in end-of-life care. “Quality” end-of-life care has not been well defined in pediatric oncology and raises several ethical and health care related questions. During her fellowship, Dr. Johnston aims to define quality end-of-life care for pediatric oncology patients and ensure access for all who need it. Her goal is to improve and inform the quality of care provided to such patients.
 
Mentors:
Lisa Chamberlain, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics)

Lee Sanders, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics)


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)


Sara Kleinman, MD
Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Postdoctoral Fellow (2016 - 2017)
Second-Year Fellow – Allergy and Immunology

Education:
BA, University of Florida, 2007
MD, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2011
Residency, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University, 2015

Research focus:
Dr. Kleinman is investigating a new method of testing for peanut allergy, which is one of the top causes of fatal allergic reactions. Current testing techniques have poor specificity and do not predict who is at risk for severe anaphylaxis. She will use a novel method that employs lipid particles to deliver single peptides in a multivalent structure to test for basophil activation response, which ultimately can provide a measurement of the severity of the patient’s allergy that was previously unattainable.  If this technique proves successful, it could also be applied to many other allergens in the future.

Mentors:
Manish Butte, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Immunology & Allergy), and by courtesy, of Materials Science and Engineering

Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine) and of Pediatrics (Immunology & Allergy)


Anca M. Pasca, MD
Bechtel Endowed Fellow in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2015-2017)
First-Year Fellow – Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
 
Education:
MD, Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 2007
Residency, Stanford University, 2013
 
Research focus:
Dr. Pasca’s research focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms of brain injury in extremely premature infants. She uses a human-induced pluripotent stem cells model to generate in vitro 3D cortical cultures that closely mimic fetal brain development. This innovative approach allows Dr. Pasca to investigate the pathophysiological processes responsible for the long-term sequelae of encephalopathy of prematurity and could lead to the identification of therapeutic targets aimed at improving the neurodevelopmental outcomes of affected infants.

Mentor:
Theo Palmer, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery


Trung Hoang Minh Pham, MD, PhD
Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Fellow (2014-2017)
Second Year-Fellow – Pediatric Infectious Diseases
 
Education:
BS, University of California, San Diego, 2002
PhD, University of California, San Francisco, 2009
MD, University of California, San Francisco, 2011
Residency, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, 2014
 
Research Focus:
Dr. Pham’s research focuses on mucosal immunology, immunity, and Salmonella microbial pathogenesis. Costing approximately $2.5 billion, Salmonella infection causes a significant global disease burden, with an estimated 1.4 million cases of infection by non-typhoidal Salmonella annually in the United States. Children are also disproportionally affected by the illness. Although antimicrobial therapy has been the mainstay of treatment, the prevalent use of antibiotics and the rapidly evolving nature of microbes pose constant threats of rising antibiotic resistance and of depleting effective antimicrobial therapies. Dr. Pham’s goal is to identify the fundamental mechanisms of host immune response against certain types of pathogens such as Salmonella, which could lead to the development of novel immune-modulating therapeutics that can complement antibiotics in treating infection and the generation of more effective vaccines.

Mentor:
Denise Monack, PhD
Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology


Adam Sang, MD
Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Fellow (2015-2017)
Third-Year Resident – General Surgery

Education:
BA, Harvard University, 2008
MD, Yale School of Medicine, 2013
Residency, Stanford University Medical Center, 2013-present

Research focus:
Dr. Sang’s research uses in vitro and in vivo models to test the efficacy of various small molecule inhibitors of the PI3K/Akt/mTor signaling pathway, with the goal of suppressing the growth of post-transplant B-cell lymphomas. Post-transplant malignancies are slowly becoming the most common cause of long term morbidity for transplant recipients, especially children. Dr. Sang hopes to develop clinically-ready therapeutic agents against such cancers.

Mentors:
Olivia Martinez, PhD, Professor (Research) of Surgery (Transplantation)
Carlos O. Esquivel, MD, Arnold and Barbara Silverman Professor in Pediatric Transplantation, Chief of the Division of Abdominal Transplantation, and Director of the Pediatric Liver Transplant Program


Hilary Seeley, MD
Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Fellow (2014-2017)
Second-Year Fellow – Pediatric Endocrinology

Education:
BA, Cornell University, 2000
MD, University of California, Davis School of Medicine, 2010
Residency, University of California, San Francisco, 2013

Research focus:
Dr. Seeley investigates the relationship between type 1 diabetes mellitus, bone health, and muscle mass through various imaging modalities. In particular, Dr. Seeley studies the bone architecture of patients during adolescence—a crucial period in a child’s life for acquiring peak bone mass, as well as a time for increased vulnerability and thus possibility for intervention.

Mentors:
Mary Leonard, MD, MSCE, Professor of Pediatrics (Nephrology) and of Medicine (Nephrology)
Laura Bachrach, MD, Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)
Darrell Wilson, MD, Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)

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
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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