Mitchell R. Lunn, M.D.
Mitchell (Mitch) R. Lunn, M.D. is a Clinical Research Fellow in Division of Nephrology at the University of California, San Francisco (San Francisco, CA) and an investigator of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Medical Education Research Group (LGBT MERG) at Stanford University School of Medicine (Stanford, CA). He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine in 2010 with a concentration in the Molecular Basis of Medicine before completing Internal Medicine residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA).
In October 2007, Dr. Lunn and his colleagues (Goldsmith, Obedin-Maliver, Stewart) founded LGBT MERG after recognizing the need for comprehensive practical research regarding LGBT health-related content in medical schools and for creating data and tools needed to affect change in LGBT patient care. LGBT MERG now consists of undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, is advised by faculty members from Stanford University School of Medicine, and continues to develop novel and innovative research and educational projects to reduce the health and healthcare disparities that members of the LGBT communities face.
Dr. Lunn’s research experience including discovering novel small molecules that increase the amount of a protein lacking in patients with spinal muscular atrophy, assisting with a randomized clinical trial to assess the safety and efficacy of oral valganciclovir therapy in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and elevated antibody titers against two herpesviruses, and developing a nationwide study of internal medicine resident physician well-being and professional satisfaction.
Originally from Bismarck, North Dakota, Dr. Lunn plans to pursue a career in academic medicine combining medical education research, clinical research, patient care, and administration. He is proud to be a founding member of LGBT MERG.