Faculty Leadership

Mark R. Cullen, MD

Director, Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences
Professor of Medicine  

Prior to coming to Stanford in May 2009, Dr. Cullen was Professor of Medicine and Public Health and Director of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program at Yale. An internationally known expert in occupational medicine, the focus of Dr. Cullen’s research has been on the physical and social aspects of work that contribute to disparities in health, function and mortality; and development of new observational methods to study them. 


Lisa Chamberlain, MD

Associate Faculty Director, Policy and Advocacy
Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics) Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

Dr. Lisa Chamberlain is known for her work in pediatric health inequities, focusing on the non-clinical factors that contribute to health disparities, particularly in California. She is nationally known for her work in community pediatrics and child health advocacy, with two national awards for her work in these areas. Her recent research endeavors are tightly policy-focused: she is currently exploring the variation in access to hospital based pediatric care for children with chronic illness in California, utilizing the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) private dataset as well as the California Children's Services dataset (CCS).


Lisa Goldman-Rosas, PhD, MPH

Associate Faculty Director, Community Engagement
Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences
Instructor of Medicine (School of Medicine)

Dr. Goldman Rosas, research interests include: “Incorporation of the upstream determinants of health in collaboration with communities,” Dr. Goldman Rosas states, “is the key to addressing health equity in the US.” Dr. Goldman Rosas’ research focuses on reducing the prevalence of obesity and related comorbidities among low-income minority children and their families in the United States. She is passionate about combining a community-based approach with rigorous research methods to address health equity. Her current research seeks to document multiple determinants of obesity ranging from the family context to the policy level.


Lorene Nelson, PhD, MS

Associate Faculty Director, Research
Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences
Associate Professor of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology)

Dr. Nelson's research program is focused on the epidemiology and complex etiology of neurodegenerative disorders, including Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and multiple sclerosis. Dr. Nelson is also leading strategic initiatives that involve a growing number of population health scientists at Stanford. Her goal is to develop innovative and transdisciplinary approaches to address the critical determinants of population health, including but not limited to strategies that can be addressed in our rapidly changing health care system.


Latha Palaniappan, MD, MS

Associate Faculty Director, Education
Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences
Professor of Medicine (Primary Care and Population Health)

Latha Palaniappan MD, MS, is an internist and clinical researcher. Her research has focused on the study of diverse populations, chronic disease and prevention. Dr. Palaniappan specifically seeks to address the gap in knowledge of health in Asian subgroups and other understudied racial/ethnic minorities (PACS 5R01DK081371, CASPER R01HL126172, and CAUSES R01MD007012). During her time at Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), she led the organization-wide initiative to collect patient race/ethnicity and language information, enabling PAMF researchers to conduct disparities research using electronic health records.