S-SPIRE is committed to:

·         improving the value of healthcare through research that informs policy and implementation;
·         promoting a surgical health services research community through mentorship and collaboration;
·         developing innovative mixed methodologies.

Our interdisciplinary team includes clinical and research faculty with expertise in implementation science, health economics, bioinformatics, and quantitive, qualitative, and mixed methodologies. 

Upcoming Events

Seminar in Global Surgery and Anesthesia

Presented by Stanford Department of Surgery
and School of Medicine

Biweekly Tuesdays, January 9 - March 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm
Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge (LKSC) 304/305

Featuring the following course instructors:

Lisa Marie Knowlton, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Department of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care
Stanford University Medical Center

Tiffany E. Chao, MD, MPH

GI/Trauma Surgery
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated)
Stanford University Medical Center

2018 American College of Surgeons Quality and Safety Conference, Call for Abstracts

Abstracts which have been submitted or recently presented at other meetings are eligible for presentation at the ACS Quality and Safety Conference

Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2018

The Wallace H. Coulter Translational Research Grant Program at Stanford University

Deadline to Apply:
Feb. 16, 2018 at 11:59 pm PT

Amount of funding: $100,000 direct costs for one year. Awarded for promising Stanford innovations in medical devices, diagnostics, mobile health and biotechnology.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their projects with the Coulter Program DirectorGordon Saul before submission.

13th Annual Academic Surgical Congress Presenters

Dr. Tiffany Sinclair
General Surgery Resident
Stanford Health Care

Format: Oral Presentation
Title: "Impact of Growth and Nutrition on Risk of Acquired Diseases of Prematurity and Perinatal Mortality"

Dr. Lindsay Sceats
Postdoctoral Medical Fellow
General Surgery
Stanford University

Format: Oral Presentation
Title: "Lost in Translation: A Mixed Methods Pilot Study of Informed Consent in the Medical Mission Setting"

Format: Quickshot Presentation
Title: "Frequency and Timing of Complications Following Abdominoperineal Resection: A NSQIP Analysis

Dr. Deshka Foster
Postdoctoral Medical Fellow
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Stanford University

Format: Quickshot Presentation
Title: "Acta2, Tnc, and Col24a1 Expression are Associated with Fibroblast Formation of Abdominal Adhesions"

Dr. William Kethman
General Surgery Resident
Stanford University

Format: Quickshot Presentation
"Risk Factors and Economic Implications of Opioid Poisoning in Trauma"



Stanford Seed Grants for Research on Women's Health

The Stanford Women and Sex Differences in Medicine (WSDM) Center

Congratulations Dr. Girod

The Stanford Women and Sex Differences in Medicine (WSDM) Center has selected Dr. Sabine Girod, to receive a WSDM Seed Grant for her proposal entitled "The Effect of Sex in Psychological Distress and Opioid Use in the Treatment of Chronic Temporomandibular Joint, Lumbar, and Anorectal Pain".

Co-principal investigators include: Dr. Arden Morris, Professor of Surgery; Dr. Cindy Kin, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Dr. Loretta Chou, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery; and Dr. Debra Safer, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.”


New Addition to
The S-SPIRE Center
Dr. Sylvia Bereknyei Merrell

Sylvia Bereknyei Merrell, DrPH, MS

Dr. Merrell is a Research Scholar specializing in qualitative and mixed methods research. She has over 13 years experience in high-level support of research projects at Stanford, including research design, implementation and dissemination, specifically, qualitative and mixed methods research. She has significant content expertise in the following research areas: patient-physician communication, intraoperative team communication, and language barriers. Dr. Merrell also works closely with educators to design and implement medical education curricula and research across the learning spectrum. Additional interests include capacity building in research methodology for medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty.

2017 Intermountain Grant Recipient

The one-year grants to researchers at Stanford and Intermountain Healthcare are aimed at improving health care

Congratulations Dr. Sox Harris

Project Title: Setting A Foundation For Collaborative Surgical Health Services Reseach.

In 2016, Stanford University and Intermountain Healthcare began collaborating on joint clinical, research and education projects. Intermountain Healthcare is a not-for-profit health system based in Utah. The one-year seed grants of up to $75,000 are being awarded to projects jointly led by PIs form Stanford and Intermountain.

AcademyHealth's Surgical and Perioperative Interest Group Advisory Committee

The Interest Group is a community of MDs, RNs, policymakers and researchers that collaborate on work that informs policy

Congratulations Dr. Sox-Harris

Dr. Alex Sox-Harris named to Academy Health’s Surgical and Perioperative Interest Group Advisory Committee.

Dr. Sox-Harris looks forward to working within the Advisory Committee to encourage the Interest Group’s growth and impact.