Research Collaborations by the Adamson Lab

  • Esmeralda Madrigal is part of the Neuro Rehab Lab Team at the Neurosurgery Department and is Program Director of the Polytrauma Network Site at the VAPAHCS. In addition she's a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 15+ years of experience and mental health expert.   She is currently serving as the Interim Program Director at the Assistive Technology Center overseeing the outpatient rehabilitation for veterans and service members with traumatic brain injury and polytrauma.
  • Dr. David Clark is Professor of Anaestheology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine at the VA Palo Alto Health Care Ssystem. He's involved in clinical and research activities to address why pain may become chronic after injuries and why over time opioids lose effectiveness when used to treat chronic pain.  Active in clinic and committees dedicated to improving pain management for veterans.  His remaining time is spent supervising a research focused on recovery after surgery and trauma while minimizing risks of analgesia.           
  • Dr. Joyce Chung is part of the Neuro Rehab Lab Team and is Site Director at the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems. In addition she is also a Program Analyst & Researcher for the Polytrauma System of Care and Rehabilitation Services at VAPAHCS. Her research focus is on  innovative approaches to care, evidence-based rehabilitation interventions, and practice guidelines to improve the lives of those affected by brain injury and mental health.
  • Dr. Kennedy received a PhD in Psychology and completed postdoctoral training at Stanford University. Her research focuses on optimizing human performance and decision making by testing the effectiveness of new technologies. Overseeing the Healthcare Modeling & Simulation (HM&S) education programs for healthcare professionals to learn the theory and practice of HM&S. Recipient of the Richard Hamming Award for Interdisciplinary Acheivement and Margret M. Baltes Doctoral Dissertation Award. 
  • Dr. Molly Timmerman is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and part of the Neuro Rehab Team at the Department of Neurosurgery. She is also an Affiliated Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation/Orthopedic Surgery  and  is the Medical Director of Regional Amputation Center and Polytrauma Network at the VAPAHCS She specializes in traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic headache management, and amputation medicine.
  • Dr. Nolan Williams is Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences  at Stanford School of Medicine and Director of the Stanford Brain Stimulation Lab. He has a broad background in clinical neuroscience and is triple board-certified in general neurology, general psychiatry, as well as behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry. In addition, he has specific training and clinical expertise in the development of brain stimulation methodologies under the illustrious and world expert Mark George, MD.
  • Dr. Laila Abdullah, is a a Lead Scientist at the Roskamp Institute. Her work is devoted to understanding the causes of and finding cures for neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders and addictions. Based in Sarasota, Florida, and utilizing a broad range of scientific approaches to understanding the causes of and potential therapies for these disorders with an emphasis on Alzheimer's disease.  She is part of a team whose motto is:  "Better science. Real discovery" committed to discovering new treatments to support recovery for all. 
  • Mr. Pawan Galhotra the Program Director for the Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center and the Stroke Specialty Program within the VAPAHCS. He has significant experience in acute, post-acute, long-term and ambulatory healthcare operations in the public and private sector, quality and resource utilization management, budget control, workforce, market,  and business development. Mr. Galhotra combines his passion for improving quality in health care with expertise in TBI and as a CARF surveyor reviewed major healthcare organizations worldwide.

Multidisciplinary Team

Patient Centric

Collaboration has many benefits, (i) Encourages creativity: multiple contributors provide a unique view and greater expertise, (ii) Deeper research: collaboration leads to more  indepth research, (iii) Publication impact: more authors result in publication in higher impact factor journals.

  • Daniel Ennis PhD is A/Professor of Radiology  and Director of Radiology Research at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. An experienced MRI scientist focused on developing advanced translational MRI methods for quantitatively assessing structure, function, flow, and remodeling  cardiovascular disorders in adults and children.  He was the PI on several NIH studies at UCLA  leding a group of clinicians and scientists developing and evaluating advanced cardiovascular imaging.



  • Dr. Albert Y. Leung is Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain at the UC San Diego, School of Medicine. He is the founder of the Anesthesia Pain Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatment clinic. In recent years, he's completed several novel studies validating the efficacy and mechanisms of rTMS in alleviating MTBI related headache and other service related chronic pain conditions with correlated functional imaging studies. He is at the forefront of promoting TMS as a treatment for pain.
  • Dr. Matthew Leineweber is Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at San Jose State University. His research focuses primarily on evaluating human motion biomechanics, medical device design, rehabilitation engineering, medical imaging, and soft tissue mechanics. His work has examined topics ranging from the design optimization of a novel knee prosthesis for lower-limb amputees, to the use of ultrasound techniques and emerging technologies for analyzing skeletal muscle injury. 

Global Collaborations by the Adamson Lab

Standing on the shoulders of giants

Collaboration is Key

Researchers, patients, and the wider community benefit when collaborations happen.

Benefits  of collaboration