VA Palo Alto Hospital

Shai Friedland, MD, MS

Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford University

Dr. Friedland received his medical degree from University of California, San Diego. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Gastroenterology at Stanford University School of Medicine.  He is board certified in Gastroenterology. He also has a background in mathematics and electrical engineering.

Dr. Friedland joined faculty at Stanford following completion of fellowship in 2002. He practices at both Stanford and VA Palo Alto. He has specialized expertise in therapeutic and interventional endoscopy, and served as the Chief of Endoscopy prior to becoming Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the VA. His research interests include endoscopy techniques and outcomes, and development of new endoscopic devices. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles and has been invited to give numerous talks internationally. He has also been recognized for his dedication to teaching with the Stanford Division of Gastroenterology Teaching Award.


Ramsey Cheung, MD

Chief of Hepatology, VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Professor of Medicine, Stanford University

Dr. Cheung received his medical degree from University of Chicago. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at University of California, Irvine, and his gastroenterology fellowship at Stanford University. He joined faculty at Stanford upon finishing fellowship.

Dr. Cheung specializes in liver disease. He has been the Chief of Hepatology at the VA Palo Alto since 1999, and he serves on multiple VA leadership groups. He has held other divisional leadership roles in the past including Chief of Endoscopy and Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. His current research interests include chronic hepatitis C and other liver diseases in veterans. He has authored over 100 publications including over 80 peer-reviewed articles.  He is also active in education having won the Stanford Department of Medicine teaching award four times and having served as the GI fellowship director for over a decade. 


Jeffrey Glenn, MD, PhD

Staff Physician, VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Professor of Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology, Stanford University
Director, Center for Hepatitis and Liver Tissue Engineering, Stanford University

Dr. Glenn received his BA degree in Biochemistry and French Civilization from University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated summa cum laude.  He received his MD and PhD in Biochemistry and Biophysics from University of California, San Francisco.  He trained in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at Stanford University, and joined the faculty in 2000.

He heads a research laboratory focused on studying molecular virology and the translation of that knowledge into novel antiviral strategies, and the development of new models for studying hepatitis viruses and liver diseases. He is an author on over 100 publications and book chapters, the principal investigator on multiple NIH grants, an inventor on numerous patents, an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and a member of the FDA Antiviral Drugs Advisory Committee.


Suzanne Matsui, MD

Staff Physician, VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Clinical Associate Professor (Affiliated) of Medicine, Stanford University

Dr. Matsui earned her MD from Yale University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford and continued fellowship training at Stanford in Gastroenterology. She studied the molecular biology of gastrointestinal viruses (rotavirus, norovirus and astrovirus) in the laboratory of Dr. Harry Greenberg, under the auspices of VA Career Development Awards and the Physician Scientist Award from the NIDDK. She subsequently joined the Stanford Gastroenterology faculty.

Her career has evolved from basic science researcher to clinical practitioner.  At the VA, she practices general gastroenterology and is privileged to be able to work with Stanford residents in Internal Medicine and General Surgery, and Stanford fellows in Gastroenterology. She also serves as a subspecialty consultant for the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center at the VA Palo Alto, a multidisciplinary translational program, one of three in the nation, for veterans with debilitating health issues related to their deployment.


Jennifer Pan, MD, MS

Staff Physician, VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated) of Medicine, Stanford University

Dr. Pan graduated from Harvard College and received her medical degree from University of Texas Southwestern. She completed residency in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital and fellowship in Gastroenterology at Stanford, during which she also earned a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology and Clinical Research. She has been at the VA Palo Alto since 2016.

Her clinical and research interests are in GI cancer epidemiology and prevention, hereditary GI cancer syndromes, endoscopy, and healthcare quality improvement. She oversees the colorectal cancer (CRC) screening program for the VA Palo Alto. During her fellowship, she was awarded the ACG International Training Grant, with which she collaborated with Australian researchers to study Lynch syndrome and CRC. She is also interested in education, serving on the Education Advisory Committee for the Stanford GI fellowship program, as well as the AGA Trainee and Early Career Committee Working Group to develop educational programs and opportunities for trainees and early career gastroenterologists. 


Susan Quan, MD

Staff Physician, VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated) of Medicine, Stanford University

Dr. Quan received her undergraduate degree at Stanford University. She went on to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she completed her medical degree and residency in Internal Medicine. She returned to Stanford to complete fellowship in Gastroenterology. She is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.

Dr. Quan has been on faculty at the VA Palo Alto since 2014. She practices general gastroenterology with a primary focus in endoscopy.  During fellowship, she was awarded the APA Young Investigator Award for research in pancreatic diseases. She has published over a dozen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She has particular interest in endoscopy techniques and outcomes, healthcare quality improvement, and machine learning-assisted medical applications. Dr. Quan is also active in the Stanford GI fellowship program. She serves on the Clinical Competency and Education Advisory Committees, participates in the fellowship interview and selection process, and co-develops the endoscopy curriculum.

VA Palo Alto Hospital

3801 Miranda Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1290
Phone: (650) 493-5000 or 800-455-0057

Located 4 miles southeast of Stanford, VA Palo Alto is the other principal teaching hospital affiliated with Stanford University. It is housed in a newly constructed hospital, and has 642 beds, including 272 for general medical and surgical patients, 226 for psychiatry, and 144 for extended care. The patient population consists primarily of middle-aged and elderly males with complex multi-system diseases. One gastroenterology fellow is assigned to the VA each block (every six weeks), and covers the inpatient consultation service and outpatient procedures and clinics.

Two other VA hospitals, the VA Medical Center in Livermore about 50 miles from Stanford and the VA Medical Center in Menlo Park about 5 miles away, are also part of the regional health care system.