Master of Science Degree in Health Policy
Eli Cahan is pursuing an MS in health policy at Stanford School of Medicine. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and has one year remaining in the MD program at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Eli worked most recently in pediatric orthopedic research at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and in the past as a summer analyst at Morgan Stanley, UBS, and Infinity Equity Group. At NYU, he is an editor of Agora, the School of Medicine’s arts and literature magazine. He was a Fulbright International Summer Institute Scholar and Angell Scholar at the University of Michigan, received the Paul Kalanithi Writing Award from Stanford School of Medicine, and was a Rudin Fellow in the Medical Humanities at NYU. His work has been featured in Scientific American, PBS, STAT News, Nature, Health Affairs, TechCrunch, Forbes, and Business Insider, among other publications.
Eli's research interests address the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) "Triple Aim:" increasing quality, decreasing cost, and improving access. Related to quality improvement, he is interested in qualitative (including implementation science) and quantitative methods (including AI/ML) to improve evidence-based medicine. Related to cost reduction, he is interested in rethinking methodologies for cost-effectiveness analysis as well as designing reimbursement models for value-based care. Related to access improvement, he is interested in creating scalable models to assess and address the social determinants of population health.
Harris Carmichael attended Medical College of Georgia for his MD, graduating Alpha Omega Alpha. Harris and his wife Chelsea moved to Salt Lake City for hsi residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Utah. After completing residency, he stayed in Salt Lake City to serve as a Chief Medical Resident. It was at the University of Utah where he first gained interest in best practice utilization and methods for education in Evidenced Based Clinical Practice. He plans to continue research in Implementation and Care Delivery Science while stdying the individual and institutional barriers to best practice utilization.
Christopher Magnani received his AB in Chemistry and Astrophysics at Harvard University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He was awarded the John Eliot Scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge where he completed his MPhil in Chemistry, working on the chemical origins of ribonucleotides. He then moved to California in 2016 to pursue his MD at Stanford, where he discovered a research interest in using the vast data stored in Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to study clinical practice patterns. Since starting the MS in Health Policy as a joint-degree candidate, Chris is excited to be expanding his skillset and pursue his interest in promoting high value care in urologic oncology.
Divya Parikh received her medical degree from Boston University where she graduated Alpha Omega Alpha and completed Internal Medicine residency at Stanford University. She is a Oncology fellow at Stanford with an interest in health services research. She has studied disparities to access to cancer care at the city hospital in Boston and while at Stanford for residency and fellowship she initiated a multi-institution study of “financial toxicity” evaluating the financial burden of cancer care. She is interested in addressing the rising cost of cancer care and evaluating how cost impacts the care of vulnerable populations.
Stacie Vilendrer received her MD/MBA at Stanford. She is keenly interested in moving healthcare systems towards value-based reimbursement models and believes this will mitigate much fo the ballooning costs in healthcare. She is also interested in optimizing electronic medical record design and better understanding how technology and articicial intelligence can improve healthcare's "quadruple aim" of improving patient outcomes, lowering costs, and improving the patient and physician experience.
Kirbi Yelorda attended University of Missouri-Kansas City where she completed the 6-year BA/MD program. She then moved to California to begin her General Surgery residency training program and Stanford University. Kirbi's research interests in include diversity in the physician workforce, specifically medical pipeline programs and barriers underrepresented minority students face when pursuing healthcare careers.
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