Stanford Combined Pediatrics Medical Genetics Residency Program

Program Overview

Residents in the Stanford Combined Pediatrics-Medical Genetics Program benefit from a unique educational environment. Clinical training occurs primarily at Lucile Packard Children's HospitalStanford Hospital and Clinics, and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Residents also rotate through the clinical genetics laboratories at the Stanford Medical Center for experience in biochemical genetics, cytogenetics and molecular genetics. A variety of clinical and basic science research opportunities are available to trainees within the Division of Medical Genetics and Department of Pediatrics and in the wider Stanford University School of Medicine community.

Residents also have access to the broad course offerings of the School of Medicine. An especially rich curriculum in the scientific underpinnings of clinical genetics is offered through the M.S. in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling program. Our four-year program prepares our graduates to sit for the Clinical Genetics Board Examination administered by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG) and the Pediatrics Board Examination administered by The American Board of Pediatrics. We are able to accept two residents per year.

The residency program seeks to attract physicans of diverse backgrounds and experience interested in pursuing careers in Pediatrics and Medical Genetics. 

Clinical Curriculum

The first year is devoted to rotations in Pediatrics.  The second and third year are split evenly between Pediatrics and Medical Genetics. In the second and third year residents will gain experience in the general genetics clinicmetabolic genetics cliniccleft and craniofacial clinic, neurogenetics clinic and genetic skin diseases clinic. In the final year, clinical responsibilites are significantly decreased to allow time for research and professional development, as there is 6 months of individualized curriculum. Medical Genetics rotations in the fourth year include cancer genetics clinicprenatal genetics clinic and the clinical lab rotations in biochemical geneticscytogenetics and molecular genetics. Fourth year residents continue to participate in a weekly half-day general genetics clinic to provide opportunity to see follow-up patients. Residents can also participate in the Down Syndrome Clinic and undertake away electives.


Residents are encouraged to undertake a mentored research project during their training. Trainees encourage to present their work at regional and national meetings including the David W. Smith Workshop on Malformations and Morphogenesis and other annual meetings (e.g. ASHGWSPRACMG, and SIMD.)

Competitively awarded fellowships administered by the Department of Pediatrics are available to support additional clinical, translational or basic science research training. 

How to Apply

Applications for training to start July 2020 or later will be accepted via ERAS beginning in September  prior to the start date. Promising applicants will be invited to a one day on-site interview. 

Required Materials:

1. CV
2. Three letters of reference
3. USMLE Scores
4. Copy of medical school transcript
5. Personal statement 


Potential applicants are encouraged to contact our program coordinator year-round with any questions, requests for information or guidance in the application process.

Program Contacts

David Stevenson, MD
Program Director

Carrie Rassbach, MD
Associate Program Director

Mary Riordan, Medical Genetics Residency and Fellowship Coordinator
Carrie Johnson, Pediatric Residency Coordinator
Stephanie Martinez, Local Residency Coordinator 

Tel: 650-724-7191

Mailing address:
Stanford Medical Genetics Residency Program
300 Pasteur Drive H-315
Palo Alto, CA 94305


Meet Our Residents

1st Year Residents

Alison Schildt

Medical School: Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine

Courtney Verscaj

Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine

2nd Year Resident

Ryan Gates, MD

Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine at Galveston

Ryan is interested in dysmorphology and clinical genetics, specifically diagnosis and early intervention for children with neurodevelopmental diseases.  He also has a passion for medical education and bioinformatics and hopes to incorporate each of those into his future practice.


3rd Year Resident

Brendan Floyd, MD, PhD

Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine

Graduate: PhD (Biochemistry) University of Wisconsin-Madison


4th Year Resident

Akash Kumar, MD, PhD

Medical School:  University of Washington

Graduate:  MA (Bioengineering) Stanford University

                    PhD University of Washington

Akash is passionate about applying advances in genomics to patient care. He thinks that the best approach to improve outcomes for children with complex congenital medical conditions stems from earlier diagnosis and intervention. To that effect, his current research goals are 1) to develop new genomic methods that identify children at risk for complex congenital diseases earlier, 2) to understand the molecular mechanisms of neurodevelopmental disease in children that may serve as potential avenues for treatment, and 3) to improve access and implementation of genomics more broadly in the clinic.

Additional Information

Resident Benefits

For information on benefits available to residents at the Stanford University Medical Center please see the Graduate Medical Education Website.

Stanford Area Housing

Information of housing near the medical center is available through the Office of Graduate Medical Education.