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Melanie Gephart Hayden, M.D., M.A.S

Upon completion of neurosurgery residency, Melanie will pursue an academic neurosurgery career with a focus in neuro-oncology. Her translational research seeks to develop novel therapies and imaging techniques and for central nervous system tumors, including medulloblastoma and glioblastoma. Melanie's postdoctoral fellowship in the lab of Dr. Matthew Scott focused on the cellular mechanisms underlying developmental neurobiology and tumor biology. This allows her to study the underlying mechanisms of brain tumor development, and to design novel therapeutics to combat central nervous system tumors. Her masters degree in clinical research enables her to validate newly identified tumor targets and treatments through development of clinical trials. In this way, Melanie helps to transition laboratory bench research into viable therapeutics for her patients with brain tumors.


2013-2014 Chief Resident, Neurosurgery, Stanford University Hospital and Clinics
2007-2013 Resident, Neurosurgery, Stanford University Hospital and Clinics
2010-2012 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Stanford University, Departments of Developmental Biology, Genetics, Bioengineering, and Neurosurgery. PI: Matthew Scott, PhD
2002-2007 MD, University of California at San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine
2006-2007 Masters in Advanced Studies (MAS) in Clinical Research, UCSD
2002 Intern, American Embassy to El Salvador and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
1997-2001 BS, Neuroscience and Physiology, Minor in Spanish Literature, Graduation Magna Cum Laude, UCSD
2000 National Autonomous University of México, México City, México. National Security Education Program Scholar, Field Research Program
1999 Professional Spanish Institute for Foreigners, San José, Costa Rica. Advanced Literature Courses in Spanish

Research Interests: Neuro-oncology, tumor immunology, developmental neurobiology, brain tumor, imaging, Hedgehog signal transduction, neurosurgery outcomes research, sustainable international health outreach projects

Program Completion: 2014


2012 Stanford-Coulter Translational Research Grant Program
2012 Resident Representative to the Neurosurgery Residency Review Committee, American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
2012 ACGME Council of Review Committee Residents
2012 Stanford Society for Physician Scholars
2012 Best Research Award, Stanford Neuroscience Forum
2012 Young Investigator Award, San Francisco Neurological Society
2011 Helena Anna Henzl-Gabor Young Women in Science Award
2011 National Institute of Health Research Education Award R25 (deferred)
2010 National Institute of Health Loan Repayment Program Award
2010 California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Training Award TG2
2009 Resident Representative, Stanford University School of Medicine Academic Senate
2008 Director, Stanford University GME Certificate Program in International Health
2007 Resident Representative to the Stanford Graduate Medical Education (GME) Committee and Internal Review Committees, Stanford University Hospital and Clinics
2007 Czech Duck Endowment Scholarship
2007 UCSD-SOM International Travel Scholarship
2006 National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award T32
2005 National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute Cancer Training Award M01
2003 National Institutes of Health Short Term Summer Research Training Program T35
2001 Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
2000 National Security Education Program Research Scholar
1998 UCSD Thurgood Marshall College Honors Program
1998 UCSD National Champion Women’s Soccer Team
1997 UCSD Provost’s Honors
1997 Ensign Mayo High Twelve Loan Fund


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Books Authored:

Tarascon Neurosurgery Pocketbook

Tarascon Clinical Neurology Pocketbook

Contact Info: Melanie Hayden [mghayden]


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