Educators-4-CARE Faculty

Preetha Basaviah, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine

Preetha Basaviah, MD, is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University where she serves as Assistant Dean of Pre-clerkship Education, Director of the Practice of Medicine Course (two-year doctoring course) for Stanford medical students, an Educator for CARE (Compassion, Advocacy, Respect, Advocacy), and as inpatient and outpatient attending. At Stanford since 2006, she has completed certification and faculty development through  More the Stanford Faculty Development Center in Professionalism and Teaching, Faculty Fellows Program, and through the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare. She received the 2011 SGIM National Award for Scholarship in Medical Education, 2007 General Internal Medicine Division Teaching Award, the 2009 Kaiser Award for excellence in preclinical teaching, the 2010 Larry Mathers Award for exceptional medical student teaching and mentoring, the 2010 California Region Clinician Educator of the Year Award, and the 2011 SGIM National Award for Medical Education Scholarship.  She previously worked at UCSF from 2000-2005, where she served as an academic hospitalist, general internist, member of the Academy of Medical Educators, Teaching Scholar working with Dean David Irby, and Co-Director of the Foundations of Patient Care Course at UCSF Medical School.  She received a BA and MD from Brown University. She completed a Primary Care Internal Medicine residency at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard University, and she then served as a Primary Care Chief Resident for the Beth Israel Hospital residency training program at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, located in West Roxbury, MA. After completing residency, Dr. Basaviah pursued a fellowship in medical education at the Harvard Institute for Education and Research as well as a faculty position as Associate Firm Chief and hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University. While at Harvard, she received the Lowell B. McGee Teaching Award and the Katherine Swan Ginsburg Award for humanism in medicine.

Dr. Basaviah has been active directing doctoring courses and developing clinical skills curricula for medical students to introduce them to hospital and outpatient clinical setting culture and experiences.  In addition, she teaches and mentors residents in both outpatient and inpatient settings.  She has written articles and book chapters in these areas of medical education (hospital medicine, bedside medicine, cultural competency, update in hospital medicine, cardiac auscultation curricula, feedback, information literacy, discharge process, and communicating professionalism).  AAMC, WGEA (Co-Director of 2011 WGEA), ACP, SGIM, SHM (Director of 2005 national meeting), ACLGIM, and APDIM are venues in which she has presented workshops, plenary sessions, and panels regionally and nationally. She has actively participated in the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) and Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) at regional and national levels by chairing and co-chairing committees involving national meetings, clinical vignettes, medical education, and clinical updates.   She served as SHM Annual Meeting Chair in 2005, Pre-Course Chair in 2004, CA Regional SGIM President in 2004-5, and WGEA Co-Director in 2011.  She was recently inducted into the Association of Chairs and Leaders in General Internal Medicine (ACLGIM) and served as Annual Meeting Co-Chair and Leadership Summit Co-Chair in 2011-12.

She enjoys dancing (Indian classical, folk, ballet, and jazz), tennis, hoola-hooping, traveling, and most of all, spending time with her family and friends. She and husband Venky Ganesan, a venture capitalist in Palo Alto, are the lucky parents of 3 girls.

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Sumit Bhargava, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Pulmonary Medicine

Dr. Bhargava went to medical school in India. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Kansas Medical Center and trained in pediatric pulmonology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine. Prior to coming at Stanford he served as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Yale University and the  More Director of the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Pediatric Sleep Center. At Yale he established the first pediatric Sleep Clinic in the Department of Pediatrics.

 At Stanford, he has focused upon improving care in the ambulatory setting in the pulmonary clinic as well as establishing and building a clinical practice in pediatric sleep .

He is very much focused on medical student and resident education and was honored to receive the Golden Apple teaching award from the Stanford Pediatric residents in 2013. He is interested in resident and medical student wellness and serves on the Wellness Committee for Stanford Hospital and LPCH.

His current research interests include sleep in neuropsychiatric syndromes, and sleep in cystic fibrosis patients. With regard to medical education, he hopes to be able to study the development of empathy, compassion and professionalism in medical students in a clinical setting.

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Martin Bronk, MD
Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery

Since medical school and a surgical residency at Stanford in 1984, Dr. Bronk has practiced General Surgery as a member of the Menlo Medical Clinic. (The Menlo Clinic is a multi-specialty group of about 45 physicians that has been part of Stanford Hospital & Clinics since 1994.) Throughout his years in practice, Dr. Bronk has been actively involved in teaching as a member of the voluntary clinical faculty, working both with surgical residents  More and with medical students. Along the way, he has also had the opportunity to work in various administrative and medical staff roles including serving as Managing Partner at the Menlo Medical Clinic and President of the Medical Staff at Stanford Hospital. He has had a long-standing interest in medical care in the developing world and has worked briefly in countries in Africa and Latin America. Dr. Bronk is married to Sallie DeGolia, a psychiatrist who is a member of the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford. They have two children, Sadie (age 17) and Teshie (age 15). He feels truly excited and fortunate to be able to participate as a member of the Educators-4-CARE faculty.

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Bertha Chen, MD
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Chen received her medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Ob/Gyn at Stanford University Medical Center.  She is an urogynecologist with expertise in treating patients with urinary incontinence and pelvic floor disorders. Her basic science research focuses on extracellular matrix metabolism in pelvic tissues and stem cell technologies for treatment of urinary incontinence.  She is  More Co-Chief of the Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery. Under her leadership, the division has grown exponentially to include a Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship program. In addition to her research and academic interests, Dr. Chen is key member of the advisory boards of two Californian start-up companies and has guided the transition of a product for treatment of urinary incontinence from bench to bedside, a product that has been FDA approved and is currently used in the US.

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Jeffrey Chi, MD 
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Dr. Chi is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of General Medical Disciplines at Stanford University and Hospitalist at Stanford Hospital and Clinics.  Jeff graduated from Yale College and Yale School of Medicine in his home state of Connecticut and came to Stanford for his residency training in Internal Medicine. He subsequently joined the faculty in 2008 and was selected as a Rathmann Foundation Medical Education/Patient  More Centered Care Fellow before joining E4C in 2012.  His research interests include studying how the presence of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) affects medical education.  Jeff is currently a faculty lead for the POM Yr. 2 Practicum course and a core faculty member of the Stanford 25/Initiative in Bedside Medicine.  Jeff also serves in several additional hospital-based roles including Unit Based Medical Director for the B1/C1 Medical units at Stanford Hospital and Clinics.

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Doug Fredrick, MD
Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics

While Dr. Fredrick was born and raised in the Bay Area, he has crisscrossed the country learning how medicine is taught and practiced in different parts of the nation. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, he took his residency in Ophthalmology at UCSF and a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital Boston. He has been on the faculty at Dartmouth Medical School and UCSF where  More he served at residency program director for five years. He joined the faculty at Stanford in 2007, where in addition to caring for children with ocular disease and visual disorders, he has taken the opportunity to become involved in medical education and curriculum development. Besides pediatric ophthalmology, he has a special interest in international medicine, having traveled to multiple developing countries to teach and having sponsored eight Vietnamese ophthalmologists to come to California to fellowship and train with him in pediatric ophthalmology. Doug lives in Saratoga with his wife and his three children. His travels have convinced him that the Bay Area is the best place in the world to live, learn and work, and he is excited to share his home with students coming to Stanford.

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Julieta Gabiola, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Gabiola immigrated to the United States 35 years ago after graduating from Nursing School in the Philippines. Before attending medical school, she served as a nurse in a Trauma Burn Unit at Temple University and a Medical ICU at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. She graduated from Rush Medical College with several honorary awards while working part time as a Med/Surg ICU nurse at Cook County Hospital. Dr. Gabiola  More completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Stanford in 1982 and received the Outstanding Teaching Award in her R-1 year. Four years later, Dr. Gabiola moved with her (psychiatrist/brain researcher) husband and young family to Salt Lake City, where she was a faculty member and director of the Admitting Office/ER at the University of Utah and VA Medical Center for two years. She then operated a thriving private practice for twelve years while maintaining strong academic involvements at the University of Utah Medical School.

Dr. Gabiola returned to California and rejoined the faculty at Stanford in 2003 as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, and is currently Chief of Stanford Medical Group (Hoover Building). Dr. Gabiola’s commitment to excellence has been recognized with awards at every stage of her career, including the Distinguished Faculty Award at the University of Utah Medical School and a Faculty Fellowship Award in 2008 at Stanford. Dr. Gabiola’s professional focus on the education and well being of young doctors reflect interests that relate to her personal life as a single mother since losing her husband to pancreatic cancer twelve years ago. She is proud of the example she has set for Sean (age 22) and Micaela (age 20) of working full time while being involved in school boards, fundraising, soccer, other academic and social support, and medical missionary functions.

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Paula J. Adams Hillard, MD
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Hillard is currently Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford, and serves as Associate Chair for Medical Student Education in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Until May of 2007, she was a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where she founded and directed the fellowship program in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical  More Center. Dr. Hillard was a member of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cincinnati from 1984 to 2007, and was the Director of Women’s Health for the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Hillard has been active on a number of national medical committees, including chair of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Committees on Patient Education, Adolescent Health, and Guidelines for Women’s Health. She is an examiner for the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is an active contributor to the literature in adolescent gynecology and contraception with more than 100 journal articles and abstracts published, and speaks frequently at national and international meetings and postgraduate courses. In addition to her work with professional publications, Dr. Hillard has extensive experience with the consumer press. She has appeared on national television programs including the “News Hour with Jim Lehrer”, was a contributing editor to Parents magazine from 1982-1990, and currently acts as an editorial consultant to women’s publications such as Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Glamour, YM and Seventeen. Her clinical work has earned the designation as one of the “Best Doctors for Women” from Good Housekeeping magazine.


In 2007, Dr. Hillard was thrilled to have the opportunity to move back to the Bay Area after being away for 30 years, and she is happy that her job is a good fit for her strengths and talents. She lives in Menlo Park on a ¼ acre that includes fruit trees and now a vegetable garden. She is the proud mother of 3 adult/almost adult children – a daughter and 2 sons, and now the proud grandmother of a 1 month old grand-daughter. Her husband is retired from teaching philosophy, and enjoys gourmet cooking as well as handiwork, carpentry and voracious reading. She walks or bikes to work almost every day (only 1.9 miles); loves to read, knit, walk, swim, bake, sing, garden, write; and has been called a geek/technophile. She has been a Unitarian Universalist for the last 32 years, and sings with the choral group Schola Cantorum. She can’t imagine a more fulfilling profession than medicine, or a more exciting place to be than at Stanford working as an Educators-4-CARE.

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John Kugler, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Dr. Kugler is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Department of General Medical Disciplines at Stanford University. John attended University of Virginia Medical School and came to Stanford for his residency in Internal Medicine. He stayed at Stanford as a chief resident and joined the faculty in 2009 working as a hospitalist in order to focus on medical education. Since joining the faculty he has served as the associate clerkship director  More for the internal medicine clerkship as well as the medicine sub-intern rotation. His interests include international health and he has taught the case based tropical medicine class for the Stanford residents planning on working oversees. He has also had the opportunity to travel, work and teach with the Yale/Stanford Johnson and Johnson Global Health Scholars program. As part of the team that developed and teaches the Stanford 25, he focuses his educational efforts on teaching the physical exam to residents and students. His special interest in the Stanford 25 is point-of-care ultrasound and its application in internal medicine and has developed a clinical rotation for medical residents to enhance their skills in this application. John joined the E4C faculty in the fall of 2012 and is excited to be part of this innovative group of educators."

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Lars Osterberg, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Osterberg is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, based at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System. He is a member of the Division of General Internal Medicine. He is widely recognized by patients, students and faculty as an accomplished and humanitarian clinician, a dedicated and effective educator and a productive clinical research scientist. He is genuinely concerned about his patients, trainees, support  More staff and fellow faculty. He generates consensus and wide respect for his hard work and achievements.

Dr. Osterberg’s clinical practice includes both inpatient and outpatient settings at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. He is medical director of the Arbor Free Clinic and past President of Opportunity Health Partners, an organization dedicated to improving the health and social welfare of the homeless in the Peninsula. Dr. Osterberg has been deeply involved in the education of undergraduates, medical students and residents. Teaching venues include the classroom, the VA outpatient department and inpatient service, and the Arbor Free Clinic.

When not at work Dr. Osterberg enjoys spending time with his friends and family: his wife (Sally), daughters (Emma and Sara) and son (Lasse). He enjoys sports (soccer, running, windsurfing and fishing) and the outdoors (hiking, fishing, and camping).

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Julie Pantaleoni, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Julie Pantaleoni is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University. She attended UC Davis School of Medicine and completed her residency in Pediatrics at Stanford University. She remained at Stanford as a chief resident and joined the faculty in 2011 as a member of the Pediatric Hospitalist Program. After joining the faculty she served as the associate clerkship director for the pediatric clerkship from 2011-2012. More  She has also served as a medical director of Clinical Informatics at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital since 2012. Julie’s interests include medical education, humanism in medicine, wellness and clinical informatics. During her chief year she developed a wellness program for pediatric residents and currently co-directs a program promoting Humanism and Professionalism in medical practice. She has been recognized with the Stanford Pediatric Clerkship Faculty Honor Roll and Letter of Distinction for Teaching. Julie was honored and excited to join the E4C program as a faculty member in the Fall of 2014. In her free time, Julie enjoys swimming, yoga, appreciating art and travel.

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Peter Pompei, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Pompei is a general internist and geriatrician with 20 years of clinical experience. After graduating from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, he completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of North Carolina. He then pursued a research fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Cornell University where he focused on measures of co-morbidity and predictors of mortality. He returned to the University of Chicago More  and served as Fellowship Director in Geriatric Medicine and studied delirium in hospitalized patients. In 1993, he joined the faculty at Stanford where his work has included: Director of the Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine, associate program director for the Internal Medicine Residency, and quarter lead for the Practice of Medicine Course during the 2nd year.  He is active in the work of the American Geriatrics Society’s efforts to infuse geriatric principles into the surgical disciplines, and he volunteers for AFS, an international program for high school student exchanges.

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Debbie Sakai, MD
Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics

Dr. Debbie Sakai is a Clinical Instructor of General Pediatrics at Stanford University.  She graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her pediatrics residency and fellowship in pediatric hematology-oncology at UCSF.  After completing fellowship, she joined Stanford’s Pediatric Hospitalist Program in 2009.  She has served as the co-director for the inpatient general pediatrics resident rotation, teaching attending More  for the Stanford medical students during the pediatrics clerkship, faculty advisor for the pediatric residents, and faculty small group leader for the pediatrics residents’ humanism and professionalism course.  In 2013, she was selected to be a faculty coach for the pediatrics residency’s coaching program.  She has been recognized for her teaching with the Stanford Pediatric Clerkship Faculty Honor Roll with a Letter of Distinction in 2011 and 2012 and was nominated for the Golden Apple Teaching Award in 2013.  In addition to medical education, her interests include family centered care, performance improvement, and patient safety.

Debbie enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter.  Her family brings her great happiness, joy, and laughter.  She loves to eat and her favorite type of exercise is chasing her toddler around the house.  She feels very privileged and honored to be a part of the Educators 4-CARE.

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Erika Schillinger, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine (Family and Community Medicine)

Dr. Schillinger is Clinical Associate Professor, Vice Chief for Educational Affairs in the Division of General Medical Disciplines and Predoctoral Director in Family Medicine. She grew up in New York City, studied History and Literature at Harvard, got her MD from Stanford where she was a cofounder of the Arbor Free clinic, and did her internship and residency in Family Medicine at UCSF. She completed the Northern California faculty development More  fellowship, and has since become a leader in curriculum innovation, design and development, and medical student training and assessment at Stanford.

Dr. Schillinger has a passion for teaching clinical skills, including doctor-patient communication, physical examination and clinical reasoning. She helped to develop, and directed the Family Medicine Core Clerkship and the Continuity of Care Clerkship, an interdisciplinary longitudinal elective for clinical students, and was instrumental in designing and implementing the clinical skills curriculum at Stanford. She is committed to developing future Primary Care innovators and leaders through the Family Medicine Interest Group, Primary Care Progress, and a new program called OSLER (O’Connor Stanford Leaders in Education Residency) that develops the teaching, scholarship and leadership skills of Family Medicine residents and connects them with Stanford students.

Dr. Schillinger’s clinical practice spans full spectrum Family Medicine, including newborn care and the care of acute and chronic illness for patients of all ages. Her focus is holistic, incorporating evidence-based medicine to inform the care of individuals, families and communities. Her excellence as a teacher and clinician has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Larry Mathers Award for commitment to medical education, the Franklin G Ebaugh, Jr. Award for medical student advising, the Kaiser and Bloomfield Awards for excellence in clinical teaching, and the General Internal Medicine and Family Medicine Division Teaching Awards.

Her greatest joy comes from spending time with her husband Marc and their 3 kids, Griffin (15), Morgan (12) and Rowan (9). She sings in Schola Cantorum, a local community choir, and loves to cook, do crafts, and hike. Life-work integration is a big priority. She and her family sit down to dinner at 6:30pm; they welcome visitors.

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Jacqueline Tai, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine)

Dr. Jackie Tai is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and practices primary care medicine at Stanford Medical Group. She grew up in Florida, went to college and medical school at the University of Miami, and completed her Internal Medicine residency at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston. She came to Stanford in 2005 and More  received the General Internal Medicine Division Teaching Award and Chief Resident Appreciation Award in 2008. In addition to her E4C role, she presently serves as director of the Ambulatory Medicine clerkship. She loves to cook, read, and go to the beach.

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Nounou Taleghani, MD, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery (Emergency Medicine)

Dr. Nounou Taleghani completed her undergraduate education at UCLA, graduating in 1986, and subsequently earned both her M.D. and Ph.D. (Neuroscience) degrees at the Chicago Medical School. She completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine in 1999 and joined the faculty of the Department of Surgery at Stanford as a Board Certified Emergency Medicine specialist in the same year. She remained More  at Stanford as an Attending Physician in the Emergency Department until August 2005 when she joined the faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College.

She served as the Associate Dean for Clinical Curriculum for the Qatar campus and was responsible for the implementation, management and coordination of the WCMC-Q undergraduate clinical curriculum, including the third year clerkships and the fourth year electives. While at WCMC-Q she was also the course director of Medicine, Patients and Society II, the Introductory Clerkship, Introductory Anesthesia and co-director of Basis of Disease. Under her leadership, WCMC-Q developed a pioneering, multilingual program in medical interpreting designed to assist medical students as they interacted with patients in their clinical courses at the local teaching hospital.

Dr. Taleghani has received many awards for teaching, including several Excellence in Teaching awards, given to faculty members who have made a commitment to and demonstrated excellence in teaching. Dr. Taleghani rejoined the faculty of the Stanford School of Medicine in the Fall of 2009 as an Attending Physician in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Stanford Hospital. Dr. Taleghani is also one of the Advising Associates, mentoring and advising medical students who are interested in pursuing a career in Emergency Medicine. In the Stanford Emergency Department, in addition to teaching medical students and residents, Dr. Taleghani serves as the Medical Director of the MD-In-Triage Program.

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Mickey Trockel, MD, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences

Dr. Trockel has been interested in the intersection between medicine and health promotion for many years.  He completed the Medical Scholars Program at the University of Illinois where he earned his M.D. degree and a Ph.D. in Community Health and completed a preliminary year in internal medicine.  He then arrived at Stanford in 2006 for psychiatry residency training and a research fellowship.  His post-doctoral research included study of the More  effects on sleep quality and depressed mood symptoms of an e-mail delivered self-help program for college students—based on cognitive and behavioral strategies to promote better sleep. 

Currently, Dr. Trockel enjoys his clinical work—focused on psychotherapy for anxiety and depressive disorders, and other psychiatric difficulties, teaching psychotherapy skills to psychiatry residents, and conducting research.  His most recent research interest is focused on the relationship between physician wellness and their patients’ clinical outcomes. 

When not at work, Dr. Trockel enjoys spending time with his family and friends.  He has been with his wife, Eva, for 22 years, including 3 years of undergraduate school, a 2 year M.S. degree program, a 7 year M.D., Ph.D. program, and 5 years of residency and post-doctoral research training.  He and his wife have an 18 year old son and a 12 year old daughter.  

Whenever possible, Dr. Trockel also loves to ride his bicycle in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Palo Alto and the coast. 

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