Meet Our Fellows
Class of 2023
Michael Freedman, MD
Originally from the DC suburbs in Maryland, I earned my undergrad degrees in bioengineering, chemistry, and music at the University of Pittsburgh. I spent the next few years getting my feet wet with different experiences before committing to medical school, including raising chickens on a farm in the Israeli desert, and receiving my Masters in bioscience enterprise at the University of Cambridge. I ultimately fell in love with the Bay Area when I got a job doing computational modeling of various diseases and cost-effectiveness of interventions for the Gates Foundation and later, Genentech. Seeking to more directly improve the lives of patients, I received my MD at UCSF where I met my wife. We couples-matched for residency back to Pittsburgh where I received additional training in advocacy, service, and leadership. I couldn't be happier to join PCCM at Stanford for this next great adventure. My professional interests include health services research, computational modeling and predictive analytics, cost-effectiveness of therapeutic and preventive measures, and advocacy for harm-reduction policies. When I'm not in the PICU, I'm either spending time with my wife, making silly faces with my son, riding my bike up mountains, or spending time outside.
Camille Hamilton, MD
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, but went across the country to Massachusetts to attend Wellesley College for undergrad, where I majored in biology and French. I came back to Los Angeles to attend medical school at UCLA, then staying on for my pediatrics residency at Mattel Children’s Hospital. As a member of the global health track in residency I had the opportunity to work at the Hospital Central de Maputo in Mozambique, as well as focus more locally in helping to organize a Los Angeles toolkit for recently immigrated children. I am drawn to Pediatric Critical Care for the opportunity to work with complex physiology in a high acuity setting while being present for families and patients during some of their most challenging moments. I’m thrilled to be joining the Stanford Pediatric Critical Care team and looking forward to growing my clinical skills while exploring research into ultrasound and medical education. When not at the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my wonderful husband Bryce and our dog Izzy, going hiking and backpacking, working on my garden, cooking, and reading.
Maneesha Limaye, MD
I grew up in Southern California and attended Stanford University for college, majoring in Humanities with a minor in Biology. After completing my MD/MPH at the University of Miami, I came back to the west coast for my pediatric residency at the University of California Irvine/CHOC. During my training, I found myself drawn to the ICU. It was there that I developed an interest in the management of abnormal hemostasis in critically ill children, which led me to work as a Hematology Hospitalist for the last year. I am excited to return to my alma mater and start a critical care fellowship where I hope to pursue this research interest further. Outside the hospital, I enjoy being outdoors, eating desserts (I can never decide between tiramisu and cheesecake), and taking road trips with my dog Sophie.
Paige Stevens, MD
I was born and raised in Loma Linda, California where my passion for pediatrics was inspired by watching my mom work as a pediatrician and medical educator at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. I spent many of my early childhood weekends watching my mom round in the hospital with residents and always dreamed of one-day following in her footsteps. I graduated from the UC Riverside with a BS in Biology and then attended the Loma Linda University School of Medicine where I fell in love with critical care during my 4th year pediatric ICU rotation. I moved just down the road for residency and chief residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and pursued my interests in academic medicine by completing the medical education track. My research interests include designing, implementing, and assessing curricula that teach pediatricians how to provide whole-person medical care that addresses the spiritual needs of patients and their families. Additionally, I am interested in competency-based assessment of simulation curricula. When not in the hospital, I enjoy spending time with family, going to church, exploring nature, playing volleyball, traveling, painting, and baking lava cakes. I couldn’t be more thrilled to join the Stanford critical care community!
Class of 2022
Anne Durstenfeld, MD
Growing up, I moved back and forth between Singapore and the US a few times and then up and down the East Coast, so I am glad to finally put roots down in the Bay Area! I earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering at Yale and an MD from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. I completed pediatric residency at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx, New York, where I became hooked on the intellectual stimulation and high acuity environment of the Pediatric Critical Care Unit. A short trip to Kenya working as a pediatric hospitalist galvanized my ambition to make critical care concepts and technology applicable and useful to our peers in low-resource settings. My academic interests include medical education, global health, and health disparities.
When I'm not at work, I love to spend time with my family, church family, and friends, preferably cooking and eating good food (particularly ice cream) or appreciating the outdoors! I am grateful and excited to start critical care fellowship at Stanford!
Liz Dorwart, MD
I grew up in New Braunfels, Texas near Austin and have been a LPCH/PICU Hospitalist for 3 years now. I am excited to now start a PCCM fellowship. I went to a small liberal arts school and then did my medical training at University of North Texas. I married my Canadian sweetheart and was torn between peds and ER. Ultimately, I chose peds because kids are amazing and fill the soul with joy, and pediatricians are a fun group of cats to work with. My professional interests include resuscitation, teamwork, education and telemedicine/outreach. My greatest fear is being on a desert island without a cardigan or a scarf.
When I'm not in the PICU, you can find me gardening, hiking, reading, car karaoke, good food, pisco sours, funny socks and comedy shows.
Monica Ruiz, MD
I was born and raised in Rio Grande City, a small rural town along the South Texas border - this is where I discovered my love of medicine at a young age by shadowing the family physician who cared for our community. I ultimately decided to attend UT Austin, where I received my BS in Neurobiology. During my time there I completed global health trips to Nicaragua, which is where I developed my passion for working in a low resource setting and understanding the social/environmental determinants of health, so began by love affair with public health. This led me to complete an MD/MPH at UT Health San Antonio. I unexpectedly found myself in love with caring for children with complex healthcare needs and stayed in San Antonio to complete my pediatric residency. I am so grateful and excited to be joining to Stanford PICU family!
In my free time I enjoy running, lifting weights, dancing (salsa mostly), hiking, beach time and batting cages! Have two nieces and nephew back home which make me incredible happy for modern day technology, such as facetime.
Matt Marx, MD
I am a native Californian but spent most of my upbringing split between family in New Orleans and Philadelphia. It was in New Orleans where I earned my MD at Tulane followed by residency in DC at George Washington U. I was working in the ICU at CHOP in Philadelphia and am excited to join PCCM’s fellowship and continue my Critical Care/Global Health interest and make a trip or two to Tanzania! Joining me is my partner, Brittany, who is a PhD in Latin American History and Women’s studies. I'm looking forward to the nice weather and diverse culture while being able to visit my brother who lives north of Sacramento!
Zack Smith, MD
Although I was born in Florida, I spent the majority of my childhood in North Carolina where I became an avid fan of Carolina Basketball. I attended Elon University for my undergraduate studies where I received a degree in American History. After graduation, I completed a Postbaccalaureate Cancer Research Training Fellowship with the HIV and AIDS Malignancy Branch of the National Cancer Institute. I then returned to North Carolina and completed both medical school and pediatric residency at UNC-Chapel Hill. It was during this time that I found my passion of caring for critically-ill children in low-resource settings. Following my graduation from residency, I completed a Fogarty Global Health Postdoctoral Fellowship in Lilongwe, Malawi where I investigated digital auscultation and computerized lung sound analysis in the evaluation of pediatric pneumonia. I extremely excited to be joining the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Stanford University where I hope to hone my skills as an intensivist and continue working to improve the care of children in low and middle-income countries. Outside of the hospital, I am incredibly proud to be married to my amazing spouse Victoria. Along with our dog Einstein, we enjoy long-distance running, music festivals, being on the water, and pretty much anything outdoors.
Class of 2021
Thomas LaRocca, MD, PhD
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, 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! 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, MD
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, MD
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, MD
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 2020
Dr. Ali Arastu is a PICU attending at Valley Children's Madera and remains adjunct faculty at Stanford University.
Dr. Vidit Bhargava is a PICU attending at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.
Dr. Quynh Nguyen is a PICU attending at Miller Children's Hospital, Long Beach.
Dr. Mahil Rao is continuing with Stanford as a Postdoc Research Scholar.
Class of 2019
Dr. Rod Ghassemzadeh is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at University of Pittsburgh/Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh CVICU.
Dr. Lara Murphy is a Clinical Instructor & Research Fellow in Bioinformatics at Stanford.
Dr. Urs Naber is a PICU Attending position at Valley Children's Madera and is Chief Operating Officer of Zeit Medical.
Dr. Mais Yacoub is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at University of Nevada Las Vegas/Children's Hosptial of Nevada PICU.
Class of 2018
Dr. Meghna Patel is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at Stanford University.
Dr. Lindsey Troy is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
Dr. Michelle Olson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pedatrics, Division of Critical Care at at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Class of 2017
Dr. Dane Jacobson is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at University of Nevada, Reno as well as a Pediatric Intensivist for Mednax, Inc.
Zahidee “Saidie" Rodriguez
Dr. Zahidee “Saidie" Rodriguez is a Pediatric Cardiology fellow in the Emory University School of Medicine at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta Georgia.
Dr. Daniel Tawfik is an Instructor with the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine 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.
Dr. David Werho is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiology at University of California San Diego Rady Children’s Hospital and continues his research in cardiac intensive care outcomes and medical education.
Class of 2016
Dr. Mindy Ju is a Clinical Instructor at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Mission Bay in a Pediatric Simulation Fellowship.
Dr. Katherine Kruse is a Pediatric Intensivist at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota where she continues her focus on biomedical ethics and palliative care.
Dr. Catherine Ross is an Instructor for Harvard University at Boston Children’s Hospital. She continues her research in resuscitation science and pediatric cardiopulmonary arrest.