Physician Scientist Track

Stanford Society of Physician Scholars (SSPS)

The Stanford Society of Physician Scholars (SSPS) was begun in 2009 to focus on the academic development of residents and fellows from Clinical Departments across the Stanford University School of Medicine. The program provides a clear pathway for young physician scientists to progress seamlessly from residency to fellowship, enriched along the way by seminars focused on professional development, scholarship, and leadership.

All Scholars are personally mentored by successful physician scientists, selected on the basis of their ability to help support the career development of trainees. Opportunities exist to partner with medical students engaged in the School of Medicine's Scholarly Concentration Program to result in meaningful collaborations in a wide range of scholarly projects and for Scholars to develop critical mentorship skills.

All residents on the Physician Scientist Track are automatically included in the Stanford Society of Physician Scholars.

Stanford Pediatric Residents Who Have Been Inducted into SSPS


  • Jon Miller, MD, PhD: Pediatrics Resident
  • Becca Saenz, MD, PhD: Pediatrics Resident
  • Danielle Shin, MD, PhD: Pediatrics Resident 
  • Dennis Spencer, MD, PhD: Pediatrics Resident


  • Jason Reminick, MD, MBA: Pediatrics-Anesthesia Resident 


  • Sharon Paige, MD, PhD: will be a Pediatric Cardiology Fellow


  • Zachary Sellers, MD, PhD: will be a Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellow 


  • Elysia Alvarez, MD, MPH: now a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellow at Stanford 
  • Anna Harbison, MD: now a Pediatric Cardiology Fellow at CHLA 
  • Trung Pham, MD, PhD: now a Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellow at Stanford 
  • Abi Pitts, MD: general pediatrician 
  • Terrell Stevenson, MD: hospitalist; will be a Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellow 
  • Matt Wallenstein, MD: now a Neonatology Fellow at Stanford 


  • Brian Flaherty, MD: now a Pediatric Critical Care Fellow at University of Utah 
  • Rebecca Kunder, MD, PhD: now Pediatric Rheumatology Fellow at Stanford 
  • Eric Nelson, MD, PhD: now Post-Doc/Global Health Fellow at Stanford