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Comparative Medicine

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Sherril L. Green
Chair, Department of Comparative Medicine

About Comparative Medicine

Comparative Medicine is a distinct discipline of experimental medicine that uses animal models of human and animal disease in translational and biomedical research. The Department of Comparative Medicine at Stanford is an academic department whose faculty teach at the undergraduate, graduate, professional and post graduate levels. 

The faculty in the Department of Comparative Medicine are basic researchers or veterinary clinician scientists, all working toward one health. Basic scientist faculty use animal models of epilepsy, neuronal reorganization and recovery after injury, and cortical neuronal circuitry to study physiological and pathophysiological processes. Our basic science faculty also explore strategies to protect women from acquiring HIV and other genital infections.  The veterinary clinical faculty in the Department of Comparative Medicine research interests focus on topics pertaining to laboratory animal and wildlife health, and on animal models of human disease. The species studied are diverse, ranging from rodents to the African Clawed frog.

In the News

Comparative Medicine is pleased to announce two new 2020 Laboratory Animal Medicine Residents who joined the VSC clinical team: Dr. Kate Gates and Dr. Justin Arthur.

Dr. Kate Gates received her DVM from University of California, Davis.

Dr. Justin Arthur received his DVM from University of Guelph in Canada.

The Department of Comparative Medicine is happy to introduce postdoctoral scholar, Eden Alamaw.

Many may already know Dr. Alamaw since she joined Comparative Medicine in February 2019 as a veterinary assistant.

Eden earned her DVM from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia in July 2018. She completed internships at the National Animal Health Diagnostic and Investigation Center (NAHDIC) and at the Addis Ababa Abattoirs Enterprise, Ethiopia.

Under the mentorship of Dr. Cholawat Pacharinsak and Dr. Monika Huss, Dr. Alamaw will be involved in research to evaluate novel anesthetic and analgesic techniques for laboratory animal species.

Please congratulate and welcome Eden to her new role.

6/18/20  Comparative Medicine courses ranked in the top 10 highest rated departments for teaching.


Photo:  Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

COVID-19 continues to get widespread coverage in the media.  Stephen Felt, Professor of Comparative Medicine, is quoted in USA Today, 3/19/20.

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