MCHRI Biodesign Faculty Fellows

MCHRI Funded Partner

The Maternal and Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI) has sponsored maternal and child health Biodesign Faculty Fellowships since fiscal year 2018.  The fellowship provides motivated Stanford faculty members from the schools of Medicine and Engineering with advanced training and mentoring in health technology innovation.

Over approximately 6 months, the program leads participants through a rigorous approach for identifying important innovation opportunities within or outside their departments, inventing cost-effective solutions, and—importantly—preparing to implement those inventions to improve patient care.

Through the experience, faculty members gain an understanding of technology translation challenges and opportunities, and also develop a robust network of health technology contacts within and outside the university. 

FY 2019

Thomas A. Anderson, MD, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor,  Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine

Sumit Bhargava, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics (Pulmonary Medicine)

Eric Foote, MD
Clinical Instructor, Pediatrics

Louis Halamek, MD
Professor, Pediatrics (Neonatal & Developmental Medicine) and by courtesy, of Obstetrics & Gynecology

David S. Hong, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery

Tulio A. Valdez, MD, MSc
Associate Professor, Otolaryngology (Head & Neck Surgery)

FY 2018

Scott Hoffinger, MD
Clinical Professor, Orthopedic Surgery
Project concept: Determine the need for fasciotomy in the extremities of “at-risk” patients” in order to accurately diagnose compartment syndrome, thereby decreasing prophylactic fasciotomy, and preventing the sequelae of missed diagnosis.

Wui Ip, MD
Clinical Instructor, Pediatrics
Project concept: Maintaining peripheral vascular access in hospitalized patients to minimize its failure rate.

Doff McElhinney, MD
Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery and of Pediatrics (Cardiology)
Project concept: Restoring tricuspid valve competence in patients with functional tricuspid regurgitation that provides symptomatic improvement.

Priya Prahalad, MD, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics (Endocrinology & Diabetes) 
Project concept: Improving timely deliver and accurate primary care medical advice to patients/caregivers to improve patient satisfaction. 

Thomas Robinson, MPH, MD
Professor, Pediatrics (General Pediatrics), of Medicine (Stanford Prevention Research Center) and by courtesy, of Health & Research Policy Health (Epidemiology)
Project concept: Making weight control widely available for overweight children in order to reduce childhood weight gain and associated risk factors.

Avnesh Thakor, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Radiology (Pediatric Radiology)
Project concept: Collection/sampling of menstrual blood non-invasively in women in order to monitor or detect diseases.

The Stanford Biodesign Program was an incredible experience which taught me the value of identifying the key need behind a medical problem in order that promising and innovative technologies can then be designed to improve patient care.  The course was well structured and provided me with numerous opportunities to learn about different aspects of the healthcare ecosystem ranging from coding and reimbursement to regulatory pathways.

 Avnesh Thakor, MD, PhD 
2018 MCHRI Biodesign Faculty Fellow; Assistant Professor of Radiology (Pediatric Radiology)