Greg Albers, MD
Albers, the Coyote Foundation Professor and professor of neurology and neurological sciences, was the principal investigator of a study that received a 2019 Distinguished Clinical Research Achievement Award from the Clinical Research Forum, a national organization that honors impactful peer-reviewed studies. Albers led the DEFUSE 3 Study, a multicenter clinical trial on stroke treatment that showed the largest positive treatment effect ever achieved in a stroke study, and that immediately led to new international guidelines to extend the treatment window for stroke.
E.J. Chichilnisky, PhD
Chichilnisky, the John R. Adler Professor and professor of neurosurgery and of ophthalmology, received a Research to Prevent Blindness Stein Innovation Award. The three-year, $300,000 award will support his study of visual processing in the human retina and how it relates to established animal models, including a new application for high-resolution electrical recordings in the areas of the retina responsible for high-acuity vision.
Amit Etkin, MD, PhD
Etkin was promoted to professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, effective March 1. His research examines the neuroscience of emotion and cognitive regulation, as well as basic aspects of neural circuit functioning, in healthy people and people with psychiatric disorders.
Julie Kauer, PhD
Kauer was appointed professor (research) of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, effective Jan. 1. Her research uses mouse models to understand the roles of synaptic plasticity in spinal cord circuitry, as well as the effects of pain, acute stress and drug addiction on synaptic plasticity in the brain.
Kilian Pohl, PhD
Pohl was appointed associate professor (research) of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, effective Nov. 1. His research uses computational science to identify biomedical phenotypes with the aim of improving the mechanistic understanding, diagnosis and treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders.
Laura Roberts, MD
Roberts, the Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor and chair and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is the 2019 recipient of the annual lifetime service award from the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training. The award recognizes a member who has provided significant service to the association, had an impact on psychiatric residency education nationally, demonstrated excellence in psychiatric residency education, and is committed to empowering and educating the next generation of psychiatrists.
Samuel So, MD
So, the Lui Hac Minh Professor in the School of Medicine and professor of surgery and director of the Asian Liver Center, has been chosen as a 2019 Asia Game Changer Award Honoree by the Asia Society. He was recognized for his efforts to eliminate hepatitis B and reduce the burden of liver cancer in Asia and in Asian-Americans.
Leah Backhus, MD, MPH
Backhus, associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery, was awarded $5,000 for the Levi Watkins Innovation and Leadership Development Scholarship from The Thoracic Surgery Foundation. She also won the Thoracic Surgery Residents’ Association’s 2019 McGoon Teaching Award, which is given annually to an outstanding young faculty member in cardiothoracic surgery in recognition of a commitment to resident education and mentorship.
Robert Castro, MD
Castro, clinical professor of pediatrics, has accepted an appointment to serve on the American Board of Pediatrics Subboard of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. His term ends Dec. 31, 2024.
Griswold, a third-year medical student, has been awarded a 2019 Gates Cambridge Scholarship from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to pursue graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in England. He plans to spend three years at Cambridge pursuing a doctorate in clinical neurosciences with a focus on neurosurgery, then return to Stanford to complete his medical degree.
Keyes, an MD-PhD student, will receive the national Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians Junior Leadership Award for his work promoting the advancement of LGBTQ+ health-related issues and the LGBTQ+ community.
Henry Lee, MD
Lee, associate professor of pediatrics, was elected to the membership of the American Pediatric Society. He focuses on improving the safety and quality of care for mothers and newborns by studying childbirth-related health care provisions at the population level and using simulation methodology to evaluate new protocols and products.
Eleni Linos, MD, DrPH
Linos was appointed professor of dermatology, effective Feb. 1. Her research aims to better understand the causes of skin cancer and apply the knowledge to cancer prevention using social media and smartphone technology. She also works to help cancer patients make informed treatment decisions that are tailored to individual preferences and personal characteristics.
Mitchell Lunn, MD
Lunn was appointed assistant professor of medicine, effective Feb. 1. His research focuses on improving the understanding of factors that influence the health of sexual and gender minority people, including health disparities, societal experiences, provider education and institutional climate. He co-directs the PRIDE Study, a national longitudinal study of sexual and gender minority adults.
Ruth O'Hara, PhD
O’Hara was promoted to professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, effective Dec. 1. Her research investigates the relationship between neurocognitive and neuropsychiatric symptoms across the life span, with emphasis on the identification of biological and sleep biomarkers of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders.
Zara Patel, MD
Patel was promoted to associate professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, effective Jan. 1. She specializes in advanced endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery, and her research interests include studying ways to avoid complications in sinus surgery, developing new devices and techniques for sinus and skull base surgery, and improving treatment for olfactory loss.
Jochen Profit, MD, MPH
Profit, associate professor of pediatrics, was appointed to the Committee on Assessing Health Outcomes by Birth Settings, a project within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The project aims to provide an evidence-based analysis of research findings about different birth environments, such as hospital versus home, focusing on the health outcomes of sub-populations of women. His term ends on March 31, 2020.
Melinda Telli, MD
Telli was promoted to associate professor of medicine, effective Jan. 1. She leads the breast oncology clinical research group at the Stanford Cancer Institute, and her research focuses on developing new therapies to treat triple-negative and hereditary breast cancers, including targeting tumors with DNA-repair defects.
Nolan Williams, MD
Williams was appointed assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, effective Feb. 1. He specializes in developing brain stimulation methodologies, and his research interests include understanding rapid-acting antidepressants and identifying biomarkers that predict responses to treatments such as brain stimulation for neuropsychiatric conditions.
Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD
Deisseroth, the D.H. Chen Professor and professor of bioengineering and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He was honored for pioneering molecular and optical tools for discovery and control of neuronal signals affecting behavior in health and disease.
Richard Hoppe, MD
Hoppe, the Henry S. Kaplan-Harry Lebeson Professor in Cancer Biology and professor of radiation oncology, will receive the inaugural American Radium Society Gold Medal Award in recognition of his exemplary professionalism, leadership, contributions to the field of medicine and service to the society.
Mark Nicolls, MD
Nicolls, the Stanford University Professor in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, was awarded a $2.3 million R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health. The four-year grant will support his study of the role of inflammation in lymphedema, a chronic condition caused by lymphatic obstruction that leads to disfigured and swollen extremities.
Teresa Nicolson, PhD
Nicolson was appointed professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, effective Jan. 1. Her research aims to understand the molecular basis of hearing and balance, with a focus on studying the function of deafness genes and developmental aspects of sensory hair-cell activity and synapse formation.
David Ouyang, MD
Ouyang, cardiology fellow, has been awarded the American College of Cardiology/Merck Research Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease and Cardiometabolic Disorders Award. The $70,000 award will support his study of big data analysis and machine learning in cardiovascular imaging.
Manali Patel, MD, and Lisa Goldman Rosas, PhD
Patel, assistant professor of oncology, and Rosas, assistant professor of health research and policy and of medicine, are among five principal investigators leading a new project funded by a $3 million California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine grant from the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. The grant supports proof-of-principle demonstration projects for patient populations suffering from cancer health disparities, with the aim of improving access, care and outcomes through collaboration between academic, community, nonprofit and private partners. Their project is focused on Monterey County
Corinna Zygourakis, MD
Zygourakis was appointed assistant professor of neurosurgery, effective Jan 1. She specializes in the comprehensive surgical care of the adult spine, including revision surgery, and treats complex spine disorders, such as spinal deformity and spinal tumors. Her research examines health care costs, quality of neurosurgical care and spine surgery outcomes.
Nidhi Bhutani, PhD
Bhutani was promoted to associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, effective Dec. 1. Her research focuses on understanding stem cell development, disease and regeneration in the musculoskeletal system, with the aim of improving clinical care.
Mary Hawn, MD
Hawn, the Stanford Medicine Professor of Surgery and professor and chair of surgery, was chosen by the executive council of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons as a 2019 Honorary Fellow. She was recognized for her contributions to the careers of many of the organization’s members and to surgery in the United States.
Dáibhid Ó Maoiléidigh, PhD
Maoiléidigh was appointed assistant professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, effective Jan. 1. He employs mathematical and computational approaches to understand how the hearing and balance organs of the inner ear process sensory input.
Theresa Tacy, MD
Tacy was appointed professor of pediatrics, effective Nov. 1. She is the medical director of fetal cardiology, and she specializes in echocardiography, including diagnosing and treating fetal heart defects and diseases.
Courtney Wusthoff, MD
Wusthoff was promoted to associate professor of neurology and neurological sciences, effective Dec. 1. Her research uses electroencephalography to examine the underlying pathophysiology of risk factors in newborns with, or at risk for, brain injury, with an aim toward identifying protective treatments.
Paul Yock, MD
Yock, the Martha Meier Weiland Professor in the School of Medicine, professor of bioengineering and director of the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign, received the 2019 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize from the National Academy of Engineering. The $100,000 award recognizes innovations in medical devices that enable minimally invasive angioplasty treatment of advanced coronary artery disease.
Megan Albertelli, DVM, PhD
Albertelli was promoted to associate professor of comparative medicine, effective Nov. 1. Her research focuses on genetic variation in breast and prostate cancers, and the development and refinement of mouse models of cancer and celiac disease. She also investigates ways to improve the welfare of animals in laboratory settings.
Ruben Alvero, MD
Alvero was appointed professor of obstetrics and gynecology, effective Dec. 1. His clinical focuses include infertility, polycystic ovary disease, endometriosis and reproductive surgery. His research aims to improve the understanding and treatment of unexplained infertility.
Harry Greenberg, MD
Greenberg, the Joseph D. Grant Professor in the School of Medicine and professor of medicine and of microbiology and immunology, is the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Achievement Award in Basic Science from the American Gastroenterological Association. The award honors a senior investigator whose work has significantly advanced the science or practice of gastroenterology, or both, and includes a $5,000 honorarium.
Kopetsky, chief information officer for Stanford Children’s Health, was awarded the 2018 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year award by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Under Kopetsky’s leadership, Stanford Children’s Health has undergone large-scale advances in enterprise systems and customer service.
Nicholas Leeper, MD
Leeper, associate professor of surgery and of medicine, has been awarded an Emerging Investigator Award by the National Institutes of Health. The seven-year, $5.9 million grant will support his research on clonal expansion, resistance to efferocytosis (the removal of dead or damaged cells) and innate immunity in atherosclerosis.
Robert Ohgami, MD, PhD
Ohgami was promoted to associate professor of pathology, effective Dec. 1. His research focuses on classifying and understanding hematopoietic diseases such as Castleman disease, acute myeloid leukemia and T- and B-cell disorders using molecular technologies, digital imaging approaches and computational methodologies.
Nidhi Rohatgi, MD
Rohatgi, clinical associate professor of medicine, has been named one of the 10 top hospitalists of 2018 by ACPHospitalist, a publication of the American College of Physicians. The editorial board selected her from nominees across the nation for her dedication to patient care. She was honored for her work improving transitions in care, preventing medical complications in surgical patients and preventing hospital-acquired delirium.
Maria Grazia Roncarolo, MD
Roncarolo, the George D. Smith Professor in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine and professor of pediatrics and of medicine, received the 2019 Translational Pioneer Award from Cell & Gene Therapy Insights. The award recognizes the contributions of her translational research studies, which have led to greater understanding of the mechanisms underlying immune tolerance in stem cell transplantation, and have been fundamental to the development of novel stem cell and gene therapies for patients with genetic and acquired diseases of the hematopoietic and immune systems.
Lisa Shieh, MD, PhD, and David Svec, MD, MBA
Shieh, clinical professor of medicine, and Svec, clinical assistant professor of medicine, received the Malinda Mitchell Award from Stanford Health Care for their work to decrease inappropriate use of intermediate intensive care unit level care. The award, which recognizes excellence in quality and service, is named for the former president and chief executive officer of Stanford Health Care.
Manpreet Singh, MD
Singh was promoted to associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, effective Nov. 1. She directs the Stanford Pediatric Mood Disorders Program. Her work focuses on characterizing the origins and pathways for developing mood disorders, and conducting translational research to protect and preserve brain function after symptoms begin. In addition, she was selected to receive the 2019 American Psychiatry Association’s Blanche F. Ittleson Award, which includes a $2,000 honorarium and recognizes a psychiatrist whose work has had significant impact on child and adolescent psychiatry.
Joy Wu, MD, PhD
Wu, assistant professor of medicine, has joined the Endocrine Society’s leadership team as a member of its council. In her role representing basic science, she will work toward the society’s mission to promote optimal health by advancing endocrine science, education and care.
Matias Bruzoni, MD
Bruzoni was promoted to associate professor of surgery, effective Nov. 1. He directs the pediatric surgery fellowship and the Hispanic Center for Pediatric Surgery at Stanford Children’s Health. His research and clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery in neonates, weight loss surgery in adolescents, surgical oncology and inflammatory bowel disease.
Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD
Deisseroth, the D. H. Chen Professor and professor of bioengineering and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, was elected to the 2018 class of fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. Deisseroth pioneered optogenetics, a way of controlling cells with light, and hydrogel-tissue chemistry, a way of making biological tissues transparent and accessible for labeling and imaging biomolecules.
Donald Frush, MD
Frush was appointed professor of radiology, effective Nov. 1. His research centers on pediatric body computed tomography, including technology assessment, techniques for pediatric multidetector CT examinations, assessment of image quality, CT radiation dosimetry and risk communication.
Zihuai He, PhD
He was appointed assistant professor (research) of neurology and neurological sciences and of medicine, effective Nov. 1. His research focuses on statistical genetics and integrative analysis of -omics data, with an aim to develop methodologies for identifying and interpreting biological pathways involved in diseases, particularly neurological disorders.
Peter Kim, PhD
Kim, the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor of Biochemistry, received an Arthur Kornberg and Paul Berg Lifetime Achievement Award in Biomedical Sciences from the Stanford Medicine Alumni Association. The award recognizes the lifetime achievements of School of Medicine alumni in the biomedical sciences. After discovering how proteins cause viral membranes to fuse with cells, a process required for infection by many viruses, Kim designed molecules that stop membrane fusion by HIV and pioneered efforts to develop vaccines based on similar principles. He is continuing his efforts to create vaccines, including against HIV.
Nicholas Leeper, MD
Leeper, associate professor of surgery and of medicine, received the Falk Catalyst Research Award from the Dr. Ralph and Marian Falk Medical Research Trust. The award program provides one year of seed funding to support high-risk, high-reward projects that address critical scientific and therapeutic roadblocks. The $300,000 grant will fund his study of nanoparticles to stimulate efferocytosis, the process of clearing dead and diseased cells from atherosclerotic plaque with the goal of preventing heart attack and stroke.
Sergiu Pasca, MD
Pasca, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, won the 2018 Daniel H. Efron Research Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. The award, which includes $1,500, recognizes outstanding basic research contributions to neuropsychopharmacology. He was recognized for pioneering a way to create balls of human brain cells that mimic the architecture of the cerebral cortex and for uncovering mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders.
Shannon Wiltsey Stirman, PhD
Stirman was promoted to associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, effective Nov. 1. Her research focuses on developing and testing implementation strategies to facilitate the use of evidence-based psychosocial interventions in routine care settings.
Adam Wang, PhD
Wang was appointed assistant professor of radiology, effective Nov. 1. His research focuses on developing technologies for advanced X-ray and CT imaging, including novel system design, model-based image reconstruction, spectral imaging and radiation transport methods.
Monte Winslow, PhD
Winslow was promoted to associate professor of genetics and of pathology, effective Nov. 1. His research focuses on uncovering rules that govern tumor progression and metastasis, and discovering new therapeutic targets across the continuum of cancer progression, including the lethal metastatic stage.
Sherry Wren, MD
Wren, professor and vice chair of surgery, was the inaugural recipient of the #SheForShe award from Women in Surgery Africa for supporting the development of women surgeons in the region. WiSA is a membership group that provides support to female surgeons, surgeons in training and medical students in the 14 member countries of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa.
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