Faculty

Physicians on the pediatric hospital medicine team are general pediatricians who have completed a three-year residency in pediatrics and board-certified in general pediatrics.

They are involved in various hospital committees to improve patient safety, education and leadership. They also work to develop patient care guidelines that help us provide consistent, reproducible, safe care for our young patients. Division members are engaged in scholarship in many areas, including clinical research, quality improvement, medical education, advocacy, global health, and clinical informatics. A recent summary of division scholarship is available on the PHM division website. 

Scholarly interests for some faculty members of our division who work at LPCHS are listed below. A full listing of PHM faculty is on the division website. For more information about each faculty member, click on the name to view their Stanford CAP profile.


Christine Acuna, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
 

Scholarly interests: Performance and quality improvement, streamlining workflows in patient care, and breastfeeding education and support. 
 


Hannah Bassett, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
 

Scholarly interests: Understanding how physicians, hospitals, and health systems can better address and mitigate the financial impact of healthcare on families and patient; standardizing the provision of high value care for patients through clinical effectiveness.


Sunniya Basravi, DO
Clinical Assistant Professor

Scholarly interests: Optimizing safe and effective procedural sedations for pediatric patients, simulation education, disparities in healthcare especially among immigrant families, and global health.
 


Kevin Chi, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Scholarly interests: Medical education, longitudinal learning threads spanning UME and GME, professional identity formation, clerkship education.


 


Whitney Chadwick, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
 

Scholarly interests: Patient safety/quality Improvement, clinical Informatics, clinical pathway, electronic ordersets, medication safety, medication reconciliation, behavioral challenging patients, clinical documentation.




Jennifer Everhart, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Medical Director, Packard at El Camino (PEC)

Scholarly interests: Patient- and family-centered care, patient- and family-centered communication, provider-provider communication (e.g. handoffs), and the impacts of optimized communication on patient safety, quality of care, and medical education. 


Sarah Hilgenberg, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Associate Program Director, Pediatrics Residency Program

Scholarly interests: Innovations in physician-patient-family communication, promotion of learner autonomy, curriculum design, simulation, and medical education.


Rebecca Ivancie, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Scholarly interests: Medical education research around resident education at night, including reviewing and updating the National Nighttime Curriculum; quality improvement and patient safety, with ongoing projects in lab workflow, inter-provider communication, and oxygen-weaning protocols in bronchiolitis.


Joseph Kim, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Chief, Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Associate Chief Medical Officer, Stanford Children’s Health

Scholarly interests: Quality improvement, health care disparities, leadership.
 


Rishi Mediratta, MD
Clinical Instructor

Scholarly interests: Creating and validating a neonatal mortality score within neonatal intensive care units in Ethiopia, designing a quality improvement program in Ethiopia to improve the triage of children who present with respiratory distress , assessing the use of health education videos to improve neonatal health education among community health workers in Ethiopia.


Julie Pantaleoni, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Scholarly interests: Medical education, physician wellness.

 


Terry Platchek, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Vice President of Performance Improvement, Stanford Children’s Health

Scholarly interests: Increasing value in healthcare delivery with specific focus on improving clinical processes using a "Lean" business strategy and engaging clinicians in systems based clinical improvement efforts.


Debbie Sakai, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
 

Scholarly interests: Medical education, shared decision making, and resuscitation.


 


Amit Singh, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
 

Scholarly interests: Relationship-centered communication, clinical informatics/health information technology, pediatric hospital medicine fellowship.


James Trietsch, DO
Clinical Assistant Professor
 

Scholarly interests: Training and maintaining competence in resuscitation and CPR, teaching trainees to recognize early warning signs of decompensation and need for early intervention, triage skills for providers to improve admission flow and patient management.


Victoria Ward, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Scholarly interests: Digital health education for community networks in low and middle-income countries, assessment and interventions for preterm birth in low resource settings, evaluation of Gates Foundation funded maternal child health programs in India, investigation of the global prevalence of human trafficking and best practices for the care of survivor.

Francisco Alvarez, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Associate Chief, Regional Pediatric Hospital Medicine Programs

Scholarly interests: Leadership training and mentorship, community hospital medicine quality improvement and safety, evidence-based care and clinical practice guidelines development, quality improvement and patient safety.


Rebecca Blankenburg, MD, MPH
Clinical Professor
Associate Chair of Education, Department of Pediatrics

Scholarly interests: My educational research interests focus on building a more diverse, inclusive and equitable learning environment and helping develop a sense of belonging, professional identity formation, and competence through longitudinal coaching and scholarly mentorship.


Kathleen Boyd, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Scholarly interests: Medical education, curriculum development, improving communication especially in the context of family centered rounds, quality improvement/improving clinical outcomes, improving coordination of care and communication among subspecialty teams.


Ian Chua, MD, MHPE
Clinical Assistant Professor

Scholarly interests: Educational scholarship and program development pertaining to transitional learners such as medical students, interns, and junior faculty, as well as professional development including topics in wellness, workplace satisfaction, and leadership. My curricular interests are in value-based education with patient engagement and patient experience.


Lauren Destino, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Associate Chief, Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Scholarly interests: Site co-Investigator for the I-PASS study at Stanford; site Principal Investigator for the PCORI grant, Bringing I-PASS to the Bedside: A Communication Bundle to Improve Patient Safety and Experience. Her research interests include communication among the care team (inclusive of patients and families), patient flow throughout the hospital, and value centered improvement.


Jessica Gold, MD, MS
Clinical Assistant Professor
 

Scholarly interests: Gender equity in medicine, physician motherhood and parental leave, physician wellness, children with medical complexity.

 


Courtney Hallum, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
 

Scholarly interests: Evidence-based medicine, clinical care pathways, patient safety and quality improvement projects.
 


Kim Hoang, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Scholarly interests: Graduate medical education, residency coaching, provider-patient communication including shared decision making, diversity/inclusion/equity.
 


Anna Lin, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Assistant Medical Director, Office of Emergency Management, Stanford Healthcare and Stanford Children’s Health

Scholarly interests: Emergency management/disaster response, pediatric procedural sedation, resident nighttime education.


Keith Morse, MD, MBA
Clinical Assistant Professor

Scholarly interests: Operational and research informatics, with an emphasis on meaningful deployment and evaluation of machine learning in clinical settings.



Jack Percelay, MD
Clinical Professor

Scholarly interests: Brief resolved unexplained events (BRUE), pediatric hospital medicine systems of care, pediatric hospitalist roles in community hospitals.


Caroline Rassbach, MD, MA(Ed)
Clinical Associate Professor
Program Director, Pediatrics Residency Program

Scholarly interests: Medical education including learner assessment, program development and mentoring and coaching in medicine.
 


Alan Schroeder, MD
Clinical Professor
Associate Chief of Research, Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Scholarly interests: My goal is to identify common interventions performed on children that do not have a well-established risk-benefit profile and to try to fill those knowledge gaps with the hopes that we can “safely do less”. My research has mostly focused on UTI, bronchiolitis, febrile infants, CT imaging, and third molar extractions.


Nita Srinivas, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Program Director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship

Scholarly interests: Using quality improvement (QI) methods to improve the diagnosis and management of common pediatric infections, training future leaders in QI, mentoring residents and fellows in their QI work.


Marie Wang, MD, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship

Scholarly interests: Management of common pediatric infections in hospitalized children, evaluation of the febrile young infant, improving appropriate antibiotic use, quality improvement.