Research & Quality

We are committed to developing clinician scientists and clinician educators and ensure that all of our fellows are actively engaged in the scientific discovery process throughout their fellowship. Fellows begin by identifying a research mentor and project in their first 6 months of fellowship training.

Our PCCM fellows are diverse in their scholarly interests! Read their bios below to appreciate the scope of their interests, scholarly research and quality improvement endeavors, and funding sources. Fellows have presented their research at national scientific meetings held by the Pediatric Academic Societies, American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Thoracic Society, Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society, and the Pediatric Critical Care World Congress. 

Our faculty members have mentored fellows in basic science and translational research projects, global health, quality improvement, and palliative care research. 

Senior Faculty Basic Science programs: 

   - Investiation of the role of BFKB in pulmonary angiogenesis and vascularization, discovering novel proteins in the

     developing lung secretome - Alvira Lab

   - Investigation of pulmonary vascular tone regulation and oxygen sensing, regulation of pulmonary barrier functions, 

      understanding the roleof hypoxia-inducible factor-1 in lung development - Cornfield Lab 

    - Elucidating the mechanisms and management of opioid-induced tolerance/withdrawal, and developing novel

      measures of chronic stress - Anand Lab

Clinical and translational research programs include investigations in: 

     - Clinical pharmacology and pharmacometrics 

     - REVIVE resuscitation and simulation

     - Solid organ transplantation 

     - Biomedical informatics

     - Global health initatives

     - Quality and process improvement

     - Pallative care and ethics

Stanford Programs our PCCM Fellows have participated in during fellowship: 

     - Clinical Effectiveness Leadership Training Program

     - Intensive Course in Clinical Research 

     - Biodesign Innovation Fellowship 

     - Clinical Excellence Research Center Design Fellowship

     - Stanford Society of Physician Scholars

     - Masters Program in Health Research and Policy

     - Stanford EM Ultrasound Fellowship

Other Research Opportunities available to PCCM Fellows: 

The PCCM division is nested in a renowned Children's Hospital, at a leading Medical School and a premier University - thereby allowing unparalleled opportunities for research, with access to distinguished mentors in every field for our PCCM fellows. The Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Reseach and Education sponsors a variety of mentored career development and research training programs including an NIH KL2. The Department of Pediatrics offers competitive Masters Degree Programs (Education, Health Research Policy, Biomedical Informatics, Epidemiology & Clinical Research, Community Health & Prevention Research). The PCCM Division is also involved in multi-center clinical trials in collaboration with the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators (PALISI) network and other leading research groups. 

The Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University creates a comprehensive research training program designed to provide outstanding training to prepare our fellows to excel as sub-specialty clinicians, researchers, teachers, and become leaders within the field of pediatrics. More information regarding these programs can be found on the Department of Pediatrics website: 

Pediatric Critical Care Fellows

Mais Yacoub, MD

Research plans include working with the department of Pediatric Nephrology related to interest in acute kidney injury (AKI) in critically ill children and factors affecting/markers of recovery from AKI.

For quality improvement, I would like to be involved in nutrition in critically ill children and simulation.


Yacoub M, Birchansky B, Mlynash M, Berg M, Knight L, Hirsh K, Su F. Quantitative diffusion-weighted MRI predicts outcomes in survivors of pediatric cardiac arrest. Critical Care Medicine 2018. Presented at 47th Critical Care Congress, San Antonio.


Urs Naber, MD

I have a strong interest in medical technology and am currently applying for a fellowship position in the biodesign innovation fellowship. If I’m accepted, I’ll start the program in the second year of my PCCM fellowship. I’m also working on a project with Dr. Sunny Anand to objectify pain sensation in sedated patients and will be submitting an IRB proposal shortly.


Singleton MN, Allen KF, Naber UH, Li Z, Nett ST, Braga MS. Rolling Refresher Simulation Improves Performance and Retention of PICU Nurse Code Cart Management. 46th Critical Care Congress (SCCM Poster 2017)

Nally LM, Conner E, Paige S, Mooney KL, Naber U, Richards R, Wright G. Multi-disciplinary evaluation of a 5-month-old with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy related to a functional adrenocortical tumor. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2018

Lara Murphy, MD

I have a longstanding interest in Immune-mediated disease processes, and plan to research factors affecting immune dysregulation in critically ill children.

Mahil Rao, MD

I am interested in mechanisms of immune tolerance following organ transplant.

Quynh Nguyen, MD

My research interests include Global health, injury prevention, and sepsis.

Nguyen, Quynh Uyen P; Saynina, Olga; Huffman, Lynne; Pirrotta, Elizabeth A.; Wang, Nancy E. Epidemiology and outcomes of pediatric unintentional falls presenting to US Emergency Departments: What role do developmental disabilities play? Pediatric Academic Societies. April 2019.

Vidit Bhargava, MD

I am interested in pursuing research in procedural sedation and analgesia. I am also interested in pursuing and developing ultrasound education for trainees. 

Bhargava V, Arya S, Choudhary S, Jain SK. Storage of Amniotic fluid does not deteriorate its biochemical activity. Pediatric Academic Society (Poster 2017)

Ali Arastu, MD

With my 501(c)(3) non-profit House of Stoked, I am interested in the development and implementation of physician-led wilderness interventions for vulnerable youth. My research focus is on optimizing the wilderness as a platform for physicians to deliver health interventions for youth affected by socio-economic factors, chronic disease and toxic stress. 

Rod Ghassemzadeh, MD

My previous research was focused on the pattern of strain echocardiography in pediatric heart transplant patients. My current research interests include biomarkers in critically ill patients with congenital heart disease, mechanical support, artificial intelligence, and bioinformatics. 

Sherry Gu, MD

I am most interested in neurocritcial care research specifically in the areas of  advancing the usage of whole exome sequencing to guide management of status epilepticus, and also ICU delirium and strategies to reduce the incidence.  

Hannah Canty, MD

During residency, I completed a qualitative research study that examined women’s perspectives on postpartum depression follow up in pediatric clinics.  This study engendered a passion for qualitative and mixed methods research that I want to bring to pediatric critical care medicine.  Specifically, my goal is to look at post-ICU syndrome for families and to understand and develop a curriculum to help families with adjusting to, and thriving with, a child with a new medical baseline.  In addition, I want to develop expertise in these research methodologies so that I can not only do my own research, but also mentor others who want to conduct studies using those research methods.


Canty HR, Sauter A, Zuckerman K, Cobian M, Grigsby T. Mothers’ perspectives on follow-up for postpartum depression screening in primary care. J Dev Behavior Pediatr. 2018.

Amrita Sinha, MD

As I join the division of pediatric critical care medicine at Stanford, the journey toward my growth as a physician gets exponentially more interesting and exciting! In my time in the medical field so far, I have been able to pursue research in my areas of interest including health care utilization and quality improvement which has led me to develop a keen interest in the field of informatics. I am interested in interactive health information technologies in inpatient pediatrics and its impact on the quality of patient care. I look forward to being involved in interesting projects involving informatics during my stint here as a fellow. I hope to become a leader in the field and to enrich the field of pediatric critical care with the knowledge gained.

Natalie Wilson, MD

I am interested in researching resuscitation science, simulation, and medical education, and how we as physicians can be more effective teachers and communicators.

Thomas LaRocca, MD

My broad research interests include cardiac myocyte signal transduction and its impact on mitochondrial metabolism and contractility in the setting of heart failure.  In addition, understanding how gene transfer technologies may be utilized in the failing myocardium.