Meet Our Fellows

Welcome Class of 2022!

Anne Durstenfeld, MD

Liz Dorwart, MD

Monica Ruiz, MD

Matt Marx, MD

Zack Smith, MD

Class of 2020

Ali Arastu, MD

I was born in Southern California, spent my childhood internationally and returned to California as a teenager and consider the amazing state home. I studied Marine Biology at the University of Southern California and stayed at the same institution for medical school. I completed my general Pediatrics residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, during which I founded House of Stoked -- a not-for-profit organization dedicated to using the wilderness as a platform to empower vulnerable youth to care for their own health, as well as the health of the environment. My medical interests apart from Pediatric Critical Care extend to wilderness medicine, global health and health disparities. 

Outside of the hospital, I can be found exploring the wilderness, in good company, writing or eating - preferably all together. 

Vidit Bhargava, MBBS

I was born and raised in the picturesque city of Jaipur, India. I graduated from B.J. Medical college, Pune and developed an immense respect and love for children and dedicated my life to taking care of the little ones. My search for excellence in clinical training and cutting edge research set me on a path to pursue residency in pediatrics at University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston. I have since striven to achieve these goals and to serve children. My academic interests include caring for children with critical illnesses, complex congenital heart diseases, pediatric sedation and ICU delirium. I also enjoy knowledge sharing with medical community and have participated in several academic pediatric meetings throughout the nation.

Outside of medicine, I grew up travelling with dad on his photography expeditions to wildlife parks of India and developed an admiration for nature and wildlife. I continue to enjoy being close to nature. In my free time I enjoy biking, cricket, golf and console gaming. I am extremely grateful to learn nuances of pediatric critical care from the best mentors in the country. I am truly privileged to be a part of these children’s lives.

Quynh Nguyen, MD

I was born in Danang, Vietnam before immigrating to San Jose, California. I grew up in the bay area and attended Stanford University for college, majoring in Biology with a minor in Iberian Latin American Culture.  After completing medical school at University of California Davis, I finally decided to venture north to Washington for my pediatric residency.  I have been a part of the global health track at Seattle Children’s hospital, otherwise known as Research Education and Child Health, where I have had a chance to work in Kisii, a rural community in Kenya.  While I love doing work in global health focusing on community needs and injury prevention, I also discovered that I am fascinated by critical care medicine, and hope to build a career out of these interests through continuing my training at Stanford for critical care fellowship.  I am so excited to return home to my family in the bay area, and especially to my alma mater! Outside of medicine, I enjoy eating as much as cooking. I also love the outdoors, road trips, and spending time with family, friends, and my dog, Lucy.

Mahil Rao, MD / PhD

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I grew up loving Mister Rogers, the Penguins, and the Pirates. I moved up to a small town in New Hampshire to go boarding school where I met my lovely wife. I went to college at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland where I was fortunate enough to be introduced to the world of biomedical research. After graduating from college, I worked as a research technician for two years, then moved to St. Louis to join the MD/PhD program at Washington University School of Medicine. Residency took me to Cincinnati Children’s, where I discovered the challenges and rewards of pediatric critical care. In the long term, I hope to combine basic science research and clinical medicine to improve the quality of care that we are able to provide for our sickest children. I am thrilled to be beginning the next phase of my training at Stanford, an institution well-known not only for the excellent clinical care that it provides to children right now but also for the innovating work that will improve the quality of care that we provide for children in the future. My research interests, broadly speaking, are in the area of immune dysregulation, such as occurs in sepsis, trauma, and following organ transplantation. Outside of work, I love animals; my wife and I are proud parents of two wonderful kittens (actually full-grown orange tabbies who simply act like they are still kittens). I also enjoy running and baking with a special interest in cake decorating. My family and I live in Mountain View.

Second Year Fellows

Thomas LaRocca

I was born and raised in Menlo Park, just down the street from the hospital, and attended undergrad at UC Berkeley.  After graduation, I worked for Cor Therapeutics in South San Francisco focusing on vascular/platelet biology and mechanisms of thrombosis, continuing in this field at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.  I next headed to New York City joining the MD/PhD program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  It was here my interest in heart failure research began with a broad focus in gene therapy strategies for myocardial dysfunction.  After completion, I joined the pediatric residency program at UCSF and furthered my clinical training as a pediatric hospitalist at John Muir Medical Center with Stanford Children's Health.  

Lindsay, and our two children, Bowman and Cora, (three if you include our pup, Rosie), love the outdoors and picking around the Sierras on either skis or in hiking boots. If not on campus, I'm bouncing around with my family, cruising on my mountain bike or in the bay, sailing or open water swimming.  We love the Bay Area and I am thrilled to continue weaving a career within critical care medicine and to contribute to understanding pediatric heart failure with the team at Stanford.

Amrita Sinha

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! The proximity to family and friends, and the pleasant West Coast weather are wonderful perks.

I was born and raised in India, where I enjoyed traveling with my family and grew up surrounded by various cultures, learnt traditional dance forms and learnt to speak different languages. My experiences led me to appreciate the essence of service toward the community that morphed into my interest in medicine. I completed my medical schooling in Bangalore and went on to pursue a pediatrics residency at the MetroHealth Medical Center, CWRU, in Cleveland, go Cavs! There, I was drawn to critical care medicine given its strong ties with physiology, high acuity and fast paced structure. I was also able to pursue research in the areas of my interest including sedation, health care utilization and quality improvement which led me to develop an appreciation for the field of informatics. I hope to blend this interest of mine into the field of pediatric critical care and contribute to the growth of this fascinating field of medicine at Stanford, where cutting edge research is manufactured.

Outside of medicine, I enjoy exploring new places, trying various cuisines, learning new dance styles and indulging in the art of yoga. I also love face timing with my dog back home in India!

Sherry Gu

I was born in Nanjing, China, but shortly after, moved and have lived all over the US; I've spent most of my time in NYC, FL, and DC. I completed a seven year BA-MD program at the George Washington University, where I earned a BS in Biology and minored in Psychology.  In college, I thoroughly enjoyed working with children through various hospital-based and community programs, and so Pediatrics was an easy choice. It was during my residency at Tulane University in New Orleans that I discovered my passion for high-quality, evidence-validated practice and research, which drives my interest in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, particularly in quality improvement.  

Outside of medicine, I enjoy being outdoors, running, traveling, yoga, the theater, eating and cooking good food, and indulging in non-medical literature.

I am thrilled to continue my journey across the USA on the west coast in fellowship at Stanford!

Natalie Wilson

I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon where I grew up learning about medicine from my mother, who is a pediatrician and an amazing role model. From a young age, I wanted to follow in her footsteps. After high-school, I took a two year detour to dance as an apprentice with Oregon Ballet Theatre, before returning to academia at Portland State University. I graduated with an undergraduate degree in Micro and Molecular Biology and went on to attend medical school at Oregon Health & Science University.  

Along with my husband, Andi, and our two cats, I then made the trek across the country to the green mountains of Vermont for my pediatric residency. While I was captivated with the physiology in the PICU during medical school, it was in residency that my fascination with pediatric critical care grew. I found myself further drawn to the challenge of navigating complex interactions with patients and their families.  

I am incredibly thrilled to be a part of the Pediatric Critical Care team at Stanford! In addition to learning the art and science of critical care, I hope to pursue my interests in medical education and simulation. Outside the hospital, I enjoy backpacking, board games, and trying new recipes.

Hannah Canty

I was born in the San Francisco Bay Area.  When I was five, we moved to the Inland Northwest, where I started playing the harp when I was six.  We returned to California when I was eleven.  I attended UCLA for undergrad and studied physiology knowing that I wanted to go into medicine.  There, I was able to continue pursuing my love of music by playing my harp in the UCLA Philharmonia. 

For medical school, I travelled across the country to Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton, PA.  I realized quickly that I loved pediatrics and decided to return west for pediatric training at Oregon Health and Science University.  I quickly fell in love with Pediatric Critical Care because I enjoy the physiology in action and being there for families and patients during the challenging moments in the PICU.  At OHSU, I also did qualitative research regarding post-partum depression.  When I am not in the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my dog Sherlock and with my family, doing yoga, going to church, and playing my harp.

Class of 2019

Rod Ghassemzadeh

Dr. Rod Ghassemzadeh will join the University of Pittsburgh/Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh CVICU as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics.


Lara Murphy

Dr. Lara Murphy will be a Clinical Instructor & Research Fellow in Bioinformatics at Stanford.


Urs Naber

Dr. Urs Naber has accepted a PICU Attending position at Valley Children's Madera and is Chief Operating Officer of Zeit Medical.


Mais Yacoub

Dr. Mais Yacoub will be a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at University of Nevada Las Vegas/Children's Hosptial of Nevada PICU.

Class of 2018

Meghna Patel

Dr. Meghna Patel has joined the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at Stanford University as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit.

Lindsey Troy

Dr. Lindsey Troy has joined the the Division of Pediatric Critical Care at the University of Utah School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics.

Michelle Olson

Dr. Michelle Olson will join the Division of Critical Care at at Virginia Commonwealth University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics upon completing her fellowship in September 2018.

Class of 2017

Dane Jacobson

Dr. Dane Jacobson has joined the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine as a Clinical Instructor while he pursues a secondary fellowship in Clinical Informatics.

Zahidee “Saidie" Rodriguez

Dr. Zahidee “Saidie" Rodriguez has joined Emory University School of Medicine as a Pediatric Cardiology fellow at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta Georgia.

Daniel Tawfik

Dr. Daniel Tawfik has joined the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine as an Instructor as he completes his Master of Science in Health Services Research Program and pursues a career studying organizational and operational features of high-performing healthcare systems.

David Werho

Dr. David Werho has joined the Division of Cardiology at University of California San Diego Rady Children’s Hospital as an Assistant Professor and continue his research in cardiac intensive care outcomes and medical education.

Class of 2016

Mindy Ju  

Dr. Mindy Ju joined University of California, San Fransisco as a Clinical Instructor at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Mission Bay in a Pediatric Simulation Fellowship.

Katherine Kruse

Dr. Katherine Kruse continued at Stanford in the Center for Biomedical Ethics as a post-doctoral research fellow following her PCCM fellowship. She is currently a Pediatric Intensivist at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota where she continues her focus on biomedical ethics and palliative care.

Catherine Ross

Dr. Catherine Ross joined Harvard University as an Instructor at Boston Children’s Hospital. She continues her research in resuscitation science and pediatric cardiopulmonary arrest.