Agnieszka Czechowicz, MD, PhD
Czechowicz was appointed assistant professor of pediatrics, effective Jan. 1. Her research focuses on understanding how blood-forming stem cells interact with their microenvironment and on developing new therapies to improve bone marrow transplantation.
Karlene Cimprich, PhD; James Ford, MD; and Aaron Straight, PhD
Cimprich, professor of chemical and systems biology; Ford, professor of medicine and of genetics; and Straight, associate professor of biochemistry, received $2.1 million from the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Their project examines how three-stranded DNA-RNA hybrids known as R-loops, associated with BRCA mutations, contribute to genomic instability and whether they can be developed as biomarkers to enable cancer detection.
Joe Forrester, MD
Forrester, administrative chief resident in general surgery, has received the Best Mini-Podium Award from the Pacific Coast Surgical Association for his presentation “Gene-directed surgery for hereditary diffuse gastric cancer: Effect on survival,” which was delivered at the organization’s annual meeting in February.
Robert Harrington, MD
Harrington, the Arthur L. Bloomfield Professor of Medicine and chair of the Department of Medicine, was elected as president-elect of the American Heart Association. He will be president in 2019-20. He is an interventional cardiologist whose interests include fostering scientific collaborations to conduct clinical research and the evaluation of antithrombotic therapies.
Sheri Krams, PhD
Krams was promoted to professor (research) of surgery, effective Feb. 1. In addition, she was awarded a $1.8 million, three-year grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to analyze samples from more than 1,000 children who have received organ transplants. The goal is to identify new immune-mediated biomarkers that are predictive of outcomes. Her research interests include mechanisms of rejection and tolerance in solid organ transplantation and the role of microRNAs and natural killer cells in viral and immune reactions to nonself human antibodies.
Kyle Loh, PhD
Loh was appointed assistant professor of developmental biology, effective Feb. 1. His research group at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine has created a road map that describes how embryonic stem cells can develop into a spectrum of over 20 different human cell types, enabling the generation of uniform populations of human liver progenitors, bone progenitors and heart progenitors.
Olivia Martinez, PhD
Martinez, professor of surgery, was awarded a $1.9 million, three-year grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Her project aims to increase the understanding of, and suggest potential improvements in diagnosis and treatment for, Epstein-Barr virus infections in children who have received organ transplants.
William H. Robinson, MD
Robinson was promoted to professor of medicine, effective Feb. 1. His research aims to understand the initiation, natural remission and progression of autoimmune diseases, particularly of rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis; to elucidate the development of osteoarthritis; and to develop therapeutics for these diseases.
Kuldev Singh, MD
Singh, professor of ophthalmology, received the subspecialty award from the American Glaucoma Society, which included delivering a keynote lecture at the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s annual meeting. At the November event, his lecture, “The glaucoma renaissance,” highlighted translational glaucoma research.
Upinder Singh, MD
Singh was promoted to professor of medicine, effective Aug. 1, 2017. Her research examines the determinants of virulence that the parasite Entamoeba histolytica uses to cause invasive colonic and hepatic disease. She also studies the epidemiology of Entamoeba infections, with the goal of identifying an entamebic molecular signature that correlates with the microbes’ invasive potential.
Nelson Teng, MD
Teng was promoted to professor of obstetrics and gynecology, effective Jan. 1. His research interests include new treatment modalities, biologic response modifiers and immunotherapy, in particular a class of naturally occurring human antibodies in the treatment of gynecologic malignancies.
Celina Yong, MD
Yong was appointed assistant professor of medicine, effective Dec. 1. Her research interests include socioeconomic, gender, racial and geographic disparities in quality of care and outcomes among cardiovascular disease patients. She also focuses on using low-cost, high-tech tools to improve the quality of cardiovascular care.
Aijaz Ahmed, MD
Ahmed was promoted to professor of medicine, effective Jan. 1. He is the medical director of the adult liver transplant program at Stanford Health Care. His work focuses on outcomes research in liver transplantation, and database analysis and translational research on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and viral hepatitis.
Alice Bertaina, MD, PhD
Bertaina was appointed associate professor of pediatrics, effective Oct. 1. She specializes in the field of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in pediatric patients affected by blood malignancies and non-malignant disorders.
Mark Davis, PhD
Davis, professor of microbiology and immunology and the Burt and Marion Avery Family Professor, is leading a team that has received a $1.7 million Convergence 2.0 grant from Stand Up to Cancer. The funding will support the analysis of the immune systems of individuals who develop cancer versus those who do not, with the goal of finding predictive biomarkers of those most at risk.
Richard Frock, PhD
Frock was appointed assistant professor of radiation oncology, effective Jan. 1. His research interests include genome organization and editing, mechanisms of genomic instability, DNA double-strand break repair and chromosomal translocations.
Jeffrey Glenn, MD, PhD
Glenn was promoted to professor of medicine, effective Jan. 1. In addition, he was awarded a 2018 Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award. The awards, given by the Harrington Discovery Institute, aim to help early breakthroughs reach the clinic. Scholar-innovators receive $100,000, with an opportunity to qualify for up to $700,000, and can tap the expertise of a team of pharmaceutical industry specialists. Through the program, Glenn, who specializes in molecular virology, will work on the development of a broad-spectrum, single-dose therapeutic to treat the flu.
Joo Ha Hwang, MD, PhD
Hwang was appointed professor of medicine, effective Jan. 1. He specializes in early detection and treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies, in particular using endoscopic submucosal dissection, endoscopic ultrasonography and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. His research investigates the use of focused ultrasound for enhancing drug delivery to pancreatic tumors.
Nishita Kothary, MD
Kothary was promoted to professor of radiology, effective Dec. 1. Her clinical practice focuses on percutaneous and transarterial therapies for primary and metastatic liver cancer. Her research interests include radiogenomics and the use of advanced imaging for diagnosing and treating hepatocellular carcinoma.
Jonathan Long, PhD
Long was appointed assistant professor of pathology, effective Jan. 1. His group studies bioactive metabolite pathways that control mammalian metabolism and physiology. His research aims to discover new metabolite signaling pathways and to identify the enzymes, transporters and receptors that regulate the signaling.
Homero Rivas, MD
Rivas was promoted to associate professor of surgery, effective Jan. 1. He specializes in minimal access surgery, and serves as the director of innovative surgery and the co-director of the fellowship in minimally invasive surgery. His research interests include digital health and telemedicine, as well as the use of wearable technologies in the operating room.
Fatima Rodriguez, MD
Rodriguez was appointed assistant professor of medicine, effective Jan. 1. Her research examines racial, ethnic and gender disparities in cardiovascular disease prevention and includes efforts to develop new interventions to address these disparities.
Mirabela Rusu, PhD
Rusu was appointed assistant professor of radiology, effective Jan. 1. Her research focuses on developing analytic methods for biomedical data integration, with a particular interest in radiology-pathology fusion. She uses advanced machine learning and traditional data/image processing to create comprehensive, multiscale representations of biomedical processes and pathological conditions, allowing for in-depth characterization.
Katrin Svensson, PhD
Svensson was appointed assistant professor of pathology, effective Jan. 1. Her research focuses on identifying and studying previously unknown hormones and their functions in order to understand the molecular pathways of metabolic disease and develop therapeutics.
Dean Winslow, MD
Winslow, professor of medicine, received a Society Citation Award from the Infectious Diseases Society of America. The honor recognized his “extensive knowledge, deep compassion and wide-ranging experience over more than four decades.” In particular, he was recognized for his work with HIV drug resistance studies and his service as a flight surgeon in the military.
Samuel Yang, MD
Yang, associate professor of emergency medicine, was awarded a $3.8 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to fund a five-year project, in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, that will investigate the use of single-cell microfluidic devices for the rapid diagnosis of bloodstream infections, which could improve patient outcomes and the use of antibiotics.
Ke Yuan, PhD
Yuan, an instructor of pulmonary and critical care medicine, was named a 2017 Parker B. Francis Fellow. The fellowship provides $156,000 over three years to support the development of outstanding investigators beginning careers in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. With her mentor, Mark Nicolls, MD, professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine, Yuan plans to investigate the role of pericytes, a cell in blood microvessels, in the pathobiology of pulmonary arterial hypertension.
Shipra Arya, MD
Arya was appointed associate professor of surgery, effective Jan. 1. In addition, she was awarded the 2017 S. Timothy String President’s Award by the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery. The honor, which recognizes the best paper on vascular surgery presented at the association’s annual meeting, was given for the paper “High hemoglobin A1C associated with increased adverse limb events in peripheral arterial disease patients undergoing revascularization,” of which she was lead author. In addition, she was named a co-chair of the leadership committee of the Association of Academic Surgery.
Eran Bendavid, MD
Bendavid was promoted to associate professor of medicine, effective Dec. 1. His work uses empirical and modeling approaches to study the impacts of changing economic, political and natural environments on the major causes of death and disability in resource-strapped regions.
David Camarillo, PhD, and Gerald Grant, MD
Camarillo, assistant professor of bioengineering, and Grant, associate professor of neurosurgery, have received a $1 million, four-year grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to develop and share approximately 1,000 mouthguard sensors with head-injury researchers nationwide. That will allow for the collection of additional data, in collaboration with other researchers, to investigate the effect of head impacts on brain health.
Gary Darmstadt, MD
Darmstadt, professor of pediatrics and associate dean for maternal and child health, has received a $2 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to determine the gestational age and preterm birth rates in low-resource settings using newborn metabolic profiles. In addition, he has received a $2 million grant from the United Arab Emirates to support a forthcoming Lancet series focused on building evidence on how transforming gender norms can improve health outcomes.
Brooke Howitt, MD
Howitt was appointed assistant professor of pathology, effective Dec. 1. Her research focuses on classifying and evaluating neoplasms of the female genital tract.
Michael Howitt, PhD
Howitt was appointed assistant professor of pathology, effective Dec. 1. His research explores the relationship between intestinal tuft cells, the immune system and microorganisms. His work aims to expand therapeutic options for treating gastrointestinal inflammatory disease.
James Korndorffer Jr., MD
Korndorffer was appointed associate professor of surgery and vice chair of education for the Department of Surgery, effective Dec. 1. His research focuses on using technology, including simulation, to improve teaching and training in the field of surgery.
Catherine Krawczeski, MD
Krawczeski was promoted to professor of pediatrics, effective Dec. 1. Her research focuses on the outcomes of critically ill pediatric heart patients after cardiopulmonary bypass. She directs the pediatric cardiology fellowship and is the medical director of cardiovascular intensive care at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.
Parag Mallick, PhD
Mallick was promoted to associate professor (research) of radiology, effective Jan. 1. His research uses multiscale systems approaches to accelerate diagnostics and personalized medicine.
Latha Palaniappan, MD
Palaniappan, professor of medicine, received a health leadership award from the India Community Center in Milpitas, California, for her work on understudied populations in medicine and her efforts to encourage these communities to participate in clinical research. Her research focuses on the effects of physical activity on the management of diabetes, particularly in Asian populations, which have higher rates of diabetes.
Theo Palmer, PhD
Palmer was promoted to professor of neurosurgery, effective Jan. 1. His research examines how neural stem cells respond to genetic and environmental factors, and how these responses influence the integration of newly generated neurons into functional neural circuits. Specifically, he examines neurodevelopmental disease risk genes that can become problematic when combined with an illness experienced by the mother during pregnancy.
Sergiu Pasca, MD
Pasca, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, was awarded a 2018 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science. The honor, which recognizes young immigrants who have demonstrated exceptional promise early in their careers, includes a $50,000 cash award. He received the prize for developing realistic models of the human brain and unearthing fundamental insights into the biology of neuropsychiatric diseases like autism.
Alan Schatzberg, MD
Schatzberg, the Kenneth T. Norris, Jr., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of the Stanford Mood Disorders Center, received a 2017 Julius Axelrod Mentorship Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. The honor is given to a college member who has made an outstanding contribution to neuropsychopharmacology by mentoring and developing future leaders.
Vittorio Sebastiano, PhD
Sebastiano, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, received a $100,000 research grant from the American Federation for Aging Research. The awards are given to early career investigators to support research on aging and age-related diseases. His project will investigate aging reversal in cells using transient reprogramming.
Mehrdad Shamloo, PhD
Shamloo was promoted to professor (research) of neurosurgery, effective Dec. 1. His work focuses on understanding normal and pathological brain functions in neurological disorders, such as stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and autism, and on developing experimental therapeutics.
Tait Shanafelt, MD
Shanafelt was appointed professor of medicine, effective Nov. 1. His clinical work and research focus on the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and other low-grade lymphoid leukemias. He is Stanford Medicine’s chief wellness officer and directs the WellMD Center.
Carla Shatz, PhD
Shatz, the Sapp Family Provostial Professor, David Starr Jordan Director of Stanford Bio-X and a professor of neurobiology and of biology, is a winner of the 2017 Harvey Prize in Science and Technology. The $75,000 prize recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to humankind. She is being honored for her discoveries about the development of visual circuits in the brain.
Sidhartha Sinha, MD
Sinha was appointed assistant professor of medicine, effective Dec. 1. His research focuses on understanding the microenvironmental changes in the inflamed versus normal gut, with the goal of identifying therapeutic targets for people with gastrointestinal immune-mediated disorders. He also uses machine learning to understand patient and societal perceptions related to gastrointestinal diseases on social media and in other unstructured data sources.
David Spain, MD
Spain, professor of surgery, the David L. Gregg, MD, Professor and chief of trauma and critical care surgery, has received a four-year, $2.5-million grant from the National Institute on Minority Heath and Health Disparities. The grant will allow Spain, along with Eve Carlson, PhD, from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, to develop and test a screen to accurately identify people, including members of several minority groups, at high risk for mental health problems following serious illnesses or injuries.
Gary Steinberg, MD, PhD
Steinberg, the Bernard and Ronni Lacroute-William Randolph Hearst Professor in Neurosurgery and Neurosciences and chair of neurosurgery, has received an American Ingenuity Award in life sciences from Smithsonian magazine. The honor recognizes outstanding innovators in a variety of fields. His work uses stem cell transplants to the brain to help stroke patients recover neurologic functions, even years following a stroke.
David K. Stevenson, MD
Stevenson, the Harold K. Faber Professor of Pediatrics and senior associate dean for maternal and child health, has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was selected for distinguished contributions in neonatology and pediatrics, particularly for his work on neonatal jaundice, bilirubin production and heme oxygen biology. His clinical and research focus is on neonatal jaundice and the prevention of preterm birth.
Seda Tierney, MD
Tierney was appointed associate professor of pediatrics, effective Dec. 1. She directs the Pediatric Vascular Research Laboratory and is the director of research for the Non-Invasive Imaging Laboratory at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Her research focuses on noninvasive assessment of vascular health in children and the use of telehealth to deliver interventions to improve cardiovascular health.
Jong Yoon, MD
Yoon was promoted to associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, effective Oct. 1. His research focuses on developing new treatments for schizophrenia and psychosis by examining the neural mechanisms driving the conditions.
Charles K.F. Chan, PhD
Chan was appointed assistant professor of surgery, effective Nov. 1. His group is investigating how stem cell niches change during tissue regeneration and aging and in diseases such as cancer.
Howard Chang, MD, PhD
Chang, professor of dermatology and the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor of Cancer Genomics, will receive the 2018 National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology. The $25,000 award honors a young scientist who has made a recent notable discovery. He was recognized for his “insightful discoveries of long noncoding RNAs and technologies unveiling the noncoding genome.”
Jonathan Chen, MD, PhD
Chen was appointed assistant professor of medicine, effective Nov. 1. His research focuses on mining clinical data sources to inform medical decision making.
Michael Cherry, PhD
Cherry, professor of genetics, has been awarded a $1.2 million grant as part of the National Institutes of Health Data Commons Pilot Phase. The four-year pilot project will explore how to make digital information available on collaborative platforms. With other investigators, he is responsible for the Alliance of Genome Resources data set, which will serve as a test case for the pilot project.
Ronald Dalman, MD
Dalman, the Walter Clifford Chidester and Elsa Rooney Chidester Professor of Surgery, was elected to a three-year term on the board of governors of the American College of Surgeons representing the Society for Vascular Surgery. With more than 80,000 members, the American College of Surgeons is the world’s largest organization of surgeons.
Lane Donnelly, MD
Donnelly was appointed professor of radiology, effective Nov. 1. His work focuses on quality and patient safety in pediatric radiology. He is the chief quality officer at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.
Aaron Gitler, PhD
Gitler, professor of genetics, was awarded the 2017 Friedrich Merz Guest Professorship at Goethe University Frankfurt. The honor, which includes $20,000 euros (about $24,000) and travel to Germany, was created to invite a highly respected scientist in pharmaceuticals or medicine to travel to the university to share his or her research and network with local researchers. Gitler was selected for his work in mice that halted the progression of the motor neuron disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) for more than a year.
Robert Harrington, MD
Harrington, professor and chair of medicine and the Arthur L. Bloomfield Professor, was awarded the Clinical Research Prize for 2017 from the American Heart Association. He was recognized for outstanding achievement in clinical cardiovascular science. He designs and leads clinical trials to improve care for patients with coronary heart disease, with a particular focus on reducing complications from blood clots.
Siddhartha Jaiswal, MD, PhD
Jaiswal was appointed assistant professor of pathology, effective Nov. 1. His research focuses on the biology and clinical impact of somatic mutations in hematopoietic stem cells that arise during aging.
William Kuo, MD
Kuo was promoted to professor of radiology, effective Nov. 1. His research focuses on advanced vena cava filter retrieval; catheter-directed therapy for acute pulmonary embolism; and inferior vena cava, or IVC, filter outcomes. He directs the Stanford IVC Filter Clinic, the interventional radiology fellowship program and the integrated interventional radiology-diagnostic radiology residency program.
Grace M. Lee, MD
Lee was appointed professor of pediatrics, effective Nov. 1. Her work focuses on developing quality metrics for use in pediatrics, evaluating the impact of payment policies on health outcomes, preventing health care-associated infections and conducting near real-time surveillance to monitor the safety of medical product use.
Tracey McLaughlin, MD
McLaughlin was promoted to professor of medicine, effective Sept. 1. Her research focuses on obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. She is a co-founder of the diabetes task force at Stanford Health Care.
John Morton, MD
Morton, associate professor of surgery, was named clinical editor of the Bariatric Times. He is the chief of bariatric and minimally invasive surgery and directs the bariatric and minimally invasive surgery fellowship at Stanford.
Mindie Nguyen, MD
Nguyen was promoted to professor of medicine, effective Nov. 1. Her research focuses on the epidemiology and treatment outcomes of liver cancer, chronic hepatitis B and C and nonalcoholic fatty liver diseases. She is the hepatology clerkship director and the director for the hepatology fellowship.
Jon Park, MD
Park was promoted to professor of neurosurgery, effective Oct. 1. Clinically, he specializes in minimally-invasive spine surgery. His research focuses on nonfusion dynamic spinal stabilization and on both artificial disc and regenerative spinal technologies.
Carolyn Rodriguez, MD, PhD
Rodriguez, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, has received an Eva King Killam Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. The honor recognizes an early career researcher who has made outstanding contributions to translational research in neuropsychopharmacology. She was recognized for her work investigating the role of glutamatergic pathways in obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Joshua Salomon, PhD
Salomon was appointed professor of medicine, effective Aug. 1. His research focuses on priority-setting in U.S. and global health policy, including measurement and valuation of health outcomes, modeling patterns and trends in major causes of death and disability, and on evaluation of health interventions and policies. He directs the Prevention Policy Modeling Lab, a multi-institution research consortium that conducts health and economic modeling related to infectious disease.
Abraham Verghese, MD
Verghese, professor of medicine and the Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor, received the Jonathan E. Rhoads Commemorative Lecture & Award from the American Philosophical Society, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Department of Surgery. His lecture highlighted physicians such as Che Guevara and Frantz Fanon whose medical conscience puts them in conflict with those in power. Verghese is an internist and medical educator whose interests include the patient-physician relationship and the bedside exam.
Euan Ashley, FRCP, DPhil
Ashley has been promoted to professor of medicine, effective Sept. 1, 2017. His research develops methods to use genome sequencing data to improve the diagnosis of genetic disease and to personalize the practice of medicine. Ashley directs the Clinical Genome Program and the Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease at Stanford, and is principal investigator of the MyHeart Counts study.
Dimitri Augustin, MD
Augustin, a postdoctoral scholar in nephrology and an innovation fellow with the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign, was named a diversity and inclusion fellow for the American Society of Nephrology. The one-year position offers the opportunity to contribute to the society’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Manisha Desai, PhD
Desai, professor of medicine and of biomedical data science, has received the Outstanding Mentorship Award from the American Statistical Association’s Section on Statistical Consulting. The honor recognizes leadership in the mentoring and career development of students, statisticians and statistical investigators.
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