Meet Our Fellows

Meet the Fellows


Class of 2018

Michelle Olson, MD

I grew up a small town in the Catskill Mountains in upstate NY where I developed a sense of community and appreciation for nature. I went to Penn State for undergrad where I enjoyed Big Ten football games and developed a passion for learning and medicine. Intrigued by my neuroscience curriculum I went on to work in a lab studying the interactions of the motor and sensory cortex in rats prior to starting medical school in Hershey, PA. I developed my love for pediatrics at Hershey and made the decision to explore more of the country by moving to Atlanta, GA to complete my pediatric residency at Emory.  I am drawn to critical care because of the teamwork it takes to to care for such complex patients and the interesting varied pathology. I am enjoying exploring the Bay Area and enjoying running, hiking and rock climbing in my free time.

Class of 2019

Lara Murphy, MD

I was born in North Jersey and grew up there and in Queens, NY until moving to upstate New York for high school and then Fort Lauderdale, FL for undergraduate at NSU where I got my BS in Biology and minored in Chemistry and Psychology. I took a year off before medical school while I pursued research in genetics and behavioral science, traveled, enjoyed Miami, and made extra money waitressing. I went to Thomas Jefferson University for medical school in Philadelphia where I surprised myself and fell in love with Pediatrics after years of expecting to go into surgery like my Dad! I was excited to move to sunny California where I completed my residency at UC Irvine/CHOC, and discovered that Pediatric Critical Care was the perfect fit for my interest in high acuity, medical complexity, procedures, applied physiology, and caring for critically ill children.
 
Outside of medicine I enjoy traveling, yoga, singing, tinkering with my camera and trying to be a photographer, discovering new restaurants and enjoying wine, hiking, riding my bike, spending time with my awesome family, friends, and boyfriend, and playing with my new cat Rambo! He’s the best! I am beyond thrilled to start my fellowship training here at Stanford and can’t wait to see how this new chapter of my career will unfold!

Urs Naber, MD

I grew up in Swabia, a region in southern Germany known for innovation. The PICU fellowship at Stanford is a dream come true, as I get to apply my Schwabisch love of tinkering in this best-in-class medical and entrepreneurial environment. I enjoy pediatric critical care because we get to deal with everything, from intense human interactions to advanced physiology. I became interested in the field while working in pediatric hematology and oncology and bone marrow transplant as a resident in Germany, where I also went to medical school. During my US pediatric residency at Dartmouth, I combined my interests in innovation and pediatric critical care medicine as a medical device fellow with the New England Pediatric Device Consortium.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my wife and our two sons, cooking, gardening, hiking and creating things with my hands. It would also be nice to read a book without thinking about medicine!

Mais Yacoub, MD

I was born and raised in a small village in Syria, then attended medical school at Damascus University, Faculty of Medicine. There, I first developed my passion for pediatrics medicine after working with children with special needs and their families. I followed this passion further during my pediatrics residency at The University of Arizona in Tucson. I enjoy spending my free time traveling, experiencing art and architecture, and enjoying food!

Words alone are not enough to express how thrilled I am to start my fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at Stanford! I am looking forward to receiving a great training and I hope to always carry forward the message of love, compassion, and excellence that is my country and the Middle East.

Rod Ghassemzadeh, MD

Growing up in Connecticut with a science-loving family, dinner time conversations were dominated by discussions of medical facts and stories. As such, it was no surprise to anyone that I wanted to become a physician when I grew up. After working with children in various school-based and community programs, being a pediatrician became my life's ambition. I completed my undergraduate studies and medical school at the University of Connecticut. During that time, I also had a life changing experience traveling to Ho Chi Mihn City in Vietnam to help start a educational exchange program with a large city hospital. It was then that I got my first exposure to the management and surgical repair of congenital heart disease. I completed my pediatric residency training at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx. From there, I went on to do a pediatric cardiology fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic. During my time there, I had the opportunity to pursue my areas of interest, including housestaff education, continuous improvement projects, and cardiac critical care. My research involved studying the patterns of longitudinal strain by 2D echocardiography in pediatric heart transplant recipients. Continuing my journey across the US, I am excited to head to the West Coast for pediatric critical care fellowship at Stanford.

Second Year Fellows

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.

First 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 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.