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Yi-Ren Chen, MD, MPH

Yi-Ren grew up in Taiwan and immigrated to the United States in ninth grade. After double majoring in biology and history at Stanford, he received his MD from Stanford and MPH from Johns Hopkins. His research interests include studying eye movement as a precise measurement of brain function, disease progression and treatment in patients with neurological disorders and evaluating predictors for poor clinical outcomes after neurosurgery. Outside of the hospital, Yi-Ren enjoys playing jazz, mountain biking, cooking, and pencil sketching.


2012-present Neurosurgery Residency, Stanford Hospital & Clinics
2007-2012 MD, Stanford University School of Medicine
2010-2011 MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
2003-2007 BS Biological Sciences, BA History, Stanford University

Program Completion: 2019

Research interests: Infrared oculography, mechanisms of neuronal loss in paraneoplastic cerebellar ataxia, health policy, neurosurgical quality/outcomes research


2013 Delta Omega Alpha Honor Society Finalist
2010-2012 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Medicine in the Community Continuation Grant
2010 French-American Foundation for Medical Research and Education (FFMRE) Scholarship
2010 Chinese American Medical Society (CAMS) Fellowship
2010 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Award
2009 Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA) Honor Medical Society Research Fellowship
2009 Ferguson Medical Scholars Year-Long Fellowship – Stanford Medical School
2009 David & Patricia Bernstein Public Health Scholarship
2009 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Public Health Grant
2009 National Eye Institute Award – Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
2009 Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) Scholarship
2009 Paul Ambrose Scholar – Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR)
2009 Stanford Community Cancer Education & Outreach Grant
2009 Gilead Healthcare Grant
2008 Stanford Service-Learning Initiative Fund
2008 Peter E. Haas Community Action Grant
2008 Future Leaders in Preventive Medicine Award – American College of Preventive Medicine
2008 Goodrich Medical Scholars Fellowship – Stanford Medical School
2008 Valley Foundation Community Health Fellowship
2008 Stanford Biomedical Informatics Research Grant
2007 Stanford Asian American Community Service Award
2007 University Distinction, Stanford University
2004 Stanford Research Programs Major Grant
2004 Governor’s Scholars Award



  • Chen YR*, Veeravagu A*, Lieberson R, Lober RM, Chang SD. Intramedullary Spinal Cord Metastasis, Diagnosis and Management. Contemporary Neurosurgery 2012 (*Authors contributed equally).
  • Chen YR. Chinese Hospital: A Case Study on Minority Healthcare in the 1900s. AOA The Pharos 2012.
  • Tsien RW, Barrett FC, Safe P, Chen YR, Boyden SE, Liao YJ. Genetic and Acquired Neural Diseases Involving Voltage-gated Calcium Channels. J Gen Physiol 2008; 132(1): 3a-28a. PMID: PMC2442181.
  • Contact Info: Yi-Ren Chen [yirenchen]

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