Educators-4-CARE Associates

Nawal Atwan, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Nawal Atwan is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of General Medicine Disciplines. She practices medicine in the internal medicine department at Stanford and is a full time primary care physician.  More She completed her undergraduate work at Princeton University, majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completedher residency at Stanford University and subsequently joined the faculty at Stanford. She is interested in preventive medicine, women's health, and management of chronic medical conditions. She is interested in medical student and resident education and helping to nurture students to become exceptional clinicians and teachers themselves. She also believes strongly in emphasizing the practice of wellness for her patients, students, and colleagues. Her hobbies include traveling, music, exercising, and being in the great outdoors.


Caroline Buckway, MD 
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)

Caroline Buckway is a clinical associate professor in the division of pediatric endocrinology.  She completed a BA in English and medical school at the University of Utah and then her general pediatrics residency at Stanford University.  More She fulfilled a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at Oregon Health and Science University with research interests in growth and Turner Syndrome. 

Dr. Buckway practiced for a few years in Anchorage, Alaska and then returned to Stanford in 2007. She loves working with students and residents and is a member of the coaching program for the pediatric residents as well as being an associate for the E4C program. Her goals include supporting students and residents to find their passion in medicine and life, to understand the importance of wellness in their lives, and to give straightforward feedback to help them improve their skills and learn self-reflection skills as well.

When not at work, she loves to be with friends and her school-age daughter.  She enjoys running, hiking, skiing, tennis, and travel to all parts of the world!


Ian Chua, MD
Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics

Dr. Ian Chua is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics. He works as a pediatric hospitalist at LPCH, as well as a pediatric hospitalist and NICU hospitalist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.  More He received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science at UCSB, attended medical school at Stanford School of Medicine, and completed Pediatric Residency at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Dr. Chua received a letter of distinction in teaching from the pediatric clerkship and has research interests in medical education and quality/performance improvement. His other interests include hip hop dancing, board games, movies, concerts, traveling and learning about new cultures.


Chrysoula Dosiou, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology)

Dr. Dosiou is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Endocrinology at Stanford University School of Medicine 
and Medical Director of the Stanford Thyroid-Eye Clinic. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Harvard College and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School.  More Following completion of her internal medicine residency at University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Dosiou obtained her fellowship training in Endocrinology and Metabolism and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology at Stanford University.

Since joining the faculty at Stanford, Dr. Dosiou's clinical focus has been the care of patients with thyroid disease. She specializes in the care of women with thyroid disease before conception, during pregnancy, and in the postpartum period.  Another clinical focus of hers is the care of patients with thyroid-eye disease. Dr. Dosiou’s research interests have been in the field of hormonal regulation of the immune system and the cost-effectiveness of screening pregnant women for thyroid disease. 


Charles Liao, MD 
Clinical Instructor of Medicine

Dr. Charles Liao graduated from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center.  More He is currently a Clinical Instructor in General Medicine Disciplines in the Department of Hospital Medicine. His clinical responsibilities include attending on the general internal medicine wards, internal medicine consult service, and the general medicine procedure team. He is actively involved in didactics for medical students in Practice of Medicine and for residents during their noon conferences and morning report sessions as an academic hospitalist. He was selected as the recipient of the 2013 Department of Medicine David A. Rytand Clinical Teaching Award.

His professional area of interest is in patient-centered communication in patients with limited English proficiency. His background growing up in Taiwan and clinical experiences in UCSF, Stanford, and its affiliated hospitals motivated him to examine and improve the way medical schools teach communication skills using interpreter services. His hope is to train learners to practice patient-centered care for any kind of patient or environment they encounter and to help them understand the importance of interpreters as part of the medical team.

In his spare time he likes to play volleyball, work-out, and cook.


Cara Liebert, MD 
PGY-3 General Surgery Resident

Dr. Liebert is an alumnus of Stanford School of Medicine and graduated in 2011. She is currently a PGY-3 General Surgery resident at Stanford Hospital and Clinics completing her professional development research years in the area of medical education.  More She is completing a Surgical Education Fellowship at the Goodman Simulation Center in the Department of Surgery and concurrently enrolled in the Master in Health Professions Education (MHPE) degree program at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She plans to pursue an academic career in General Surgery and medical education. She has joined the E4C Associates Program because of her desire to contribute to medical student education and clinical teaching. Her interests encompass both medical student and resident education with areas of research focus including curriculum development, clinical teaching, professionalism, and simulation.


Steven Lin, MD
Clinical Instructor of Medicine

Steven Lin is an expert clinician, educator, and researcher in the specialty of family medicine. He earned his MD from Stanford University School of Medicine and completed his medical training at Stanford’s family medicine residency program at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, California.  More Dr. Lin is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and an active member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is the recipient of the National Award of Excellence in Graduate Medical Education and the Pisacano Leadership Foundation Award.

Dr. Lin practices full spectrum family medicine and cares for people of all ages, often for members of the same family. He has a particular interest in preventive cardiology, diabetes, hepatitis, mental health, and primary care procedures – including a wide range of skin, musculoskeletal, and gynecological procedures that are done in the office.

Dr. Lin loves to teach and do research. He is the Founding Director of the O’Connor-Stanford Leaders in Education Residency Program and the Co-Medical Director of Arbor Free Clinic. He joined the Educators-4-CARE Program as an Associate in 2011. His research covers a broad array of primary care topics. Dr. Lin is the author of over 60 scholarly works and winner of the William C. Fowkes Teaching Award.


Carrie Loutit, MD 
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Carrie Loutit is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pedicatrics. She works in the Primary Care outpatient Pediatric Clinic at LPCH, as well as the Newborn Nursery in the LPCH Hospital.  More She is also a member of the “Resident Coaching Initiative” in the Pediatric Residency Program. Dr. Loutit grew up in Palo Alto. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology at UCSB. She attended medical school in Cleveland Ohio at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. She completed her Pediatric Residency and Fellowship in Allergy Immunology at Stanford University Children’s Hosptial/LPCH. She worked in private practice for about 4 years before returning to LPCH/Stanford in 1998.  

Dr. Loutit has received the Golden Apple Award and the Ted Sectish Resident Advocacy award from the Pediatric Housestaff. She has also been on the Medical Student Honor Roll, with Teaching Distinction many times.

Dr. Loutit has 2 daughters and her husband is a physician working in biotech.


Kimberly Lovett, MD
Adjunct Clinical Faculty of General Medicine

Kimberly Lovett is adjunct clinical faculty in the department of General Medical Disciplines. She completed her B.S. in Chemistry/Biochemistry at the University of California in San Diego and medical school at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine.  More She then completed her Family Medicine residency at the University of California in San Diego where she was awarded the American Board of Family Medicine resident teaching distinction in 2009. Dr. Lovett was teaching faculty at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and practiced in San Diego for three years before matriculating at Stanford Law School in fall 2012. She is currently a second year law student at Stanford Law School and has focused her legal studies on Health Law, Health Policy, and Healthcare Transactions.

Dr. Lovett’s research interests include primary care reform, healthcare payment system reform, and healthcare institution/physician relationships. Further, she is enthusiastic about teaching medical students and residents in many different settings. She enjoys acting as a role model, guidance counselor, and inspiration for finding one’s unique passion and purpose in medicine. Her extracurricular interests include beach volleyball, triathlon, and trail running in exotic settings.


Carrie Rassbach, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Carrie Rassbach, MD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, practicing in the area of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and at El Camino Hospital. She is currently a Rathmann Fellow in Medical Education. Clinically, her areas of interest include medical education, care of children with special health care needs, and hospital medicine. She is an Associate Program Director for the Stanford Pediatric  More Residency Program and Co-Director of the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship Program. Carrie completed her medical education at Columbia University and then her pediatrics residency and chief residency at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She worked as a pediatric hospitalist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine prior to coming to Stanford. While in Washington, D.C, Carrie taught first and second year George Washington University medical students in a Practice of Medicine course.

In 2010 Carrie and her family relocated to the Bay Area to be nearer to family and she began her position at Stanford. Since then, Carrie has taken on leadership roles in pediatric residency education as a rotation director and later as an Associate Program Director, overseeing one class of pediatric residents and a new coaching program for all pediatric residents. She has also designed and studied a curriculum for pediatric residents in complex care. Through recognizing the need for advanced training in hospital medicine and in research, Carrie developed a new Stanford Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship Program, a fellowship which she now co-directs. She is honored to be a Rathmann Fellow in Medical Education which will allow her to work with the E4C program and to study the pediatric resident coaching program.

In her spare time, Carrie enjoys spending time with her husband, Eric, and her three children Isaiah (6 1/2), Anneliese (5), and Peter (2). You can often find her at soccer games, swim practice, gymnastics, or piano lessons.


Rani Saxena, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Rani Saxena is an Assistant Professor (Affiliated) at Stanford University Department of Medicine. She has been an internist at the Palo Alto VA since 2001. More   

Dr. Saxena graduated from Stanford with a BS in Biology and attended medical school at UCSF. From there, she moved to UT Southwestern in Dallas for residency and then Washington DC (outpatient internal medicine with Kaiser Permanente).  She is very happy to be back in the much cooler Bay Area.

Her teaching career has included inpatient attending, resident continuity clinic, and working with Stanford medical students. In 2011, she was nominated for a teaching award by her students in the practicum section of Practice of Medicine. In 2013 she was also nominated for the first ever Medical Service Award for Outstanding CBOC Internist at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System.

Rani lives with her husband Andrew and their 9 year old daughter.  Rani’s interests include tennis, yoga, zumba, and traveling. Her mantra is to travel and experience someplace new every year.


Ahmad Sheikh, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Ahmad Sheikh, MD, is Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Sheikh is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and specializes in cardiothoracic surgery, thoracic transplantation, and mechanical circulatory support.  More He also maintains his board certification in General Surgery.

Dr. Sheikh earned his medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco. He received his general surgery training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sheikh then completed his fellowships in cardiothoracic surgery, thoracic transplantation, and mechanical circulatory support at Stanford University.

His research interests include surgical simulation and education, cardiac stem cell therapy, and heart failure. 
Dr. Sheikh is fluent in multiple South Asian languages, including Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi.


Kirsti Weng, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine

Kirsti Weng is the Director of the Stanford Express Care Clinic which serves the Stanford community as well as those new to Stanford with same day/next day appointments for those 0-99 years. More 

She Is a graduate of UC Berkeley and grew up in the Bay Area. She received her MD and MPH at Tulane University in New Orleans. She has 24 years of experience caring for patients in primary care, urgent care and the hospital as well as teaching students and residents at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose. She is passionate about practicing patient-centered medicine and passing on the passion.

Outside of work she enjoys biking, writing and spending time with her 8 children.