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 in their first year 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

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. 


Pediatric Critical Care Fellows

Lindsey Troy, MD

I am interested in various aspects of mobile simulation for resuscitation and will be working with the REVIVE group under the leadership of Felice Su, MD to assess various aspects of simulation training.

Funding Sources: Laerdal Foundation for Acute Medicine

Michelle Olson, MD

My fellowship research under Dr. Su is focused in the field resuscitation science and medical education. I am currently using retrospective continuous monitoring data to studying the time to compressions during in hospital cardiac arrests. With this information I plan to implement an educational intervention aimed at the resuscitation team and study its effects.
I have an interest in team dynamics and communication and for my quality improvement research I am working on a collaborative project with unit and nursing leadership to improve the quality of medical rounds, both in efficiency and nursing participation.

Funding Sources: Philip Electronics

Meghna Patel, MD

My previous research has been focused on evaluation of cardiac function and pulmonary hemodynamics with novel echocardiographic techniques in neonates, particularly those with lung disease. 

I will begin my research here at Stanford focusing on echocardiographic markers of cardiac mechanics and cardiopulmonary interactions in critically ill children with sepsis. I will be working with Drs. Theresa Tacy, Bereketeab Haileselassie, and Rajesh Punn retrospectively and prospectively evaluating cardiac mechanics by strain echocardiography in patients with sepsis and septic shock, with the hope of providing more accurate measures of cardiac function and ultimately leading to improved monitoring and therapy.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.