SCI Spotlight

Elena Kozak, PhD, MA

Non-English speaking cancer patients and their families can hit barriers at every turn. Did you know that over 80 different languages are spoken by our patients? Stanford Interpretation and Translation Services assist with both verbal and written translation. Their most requested languages are Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Cantonese, and Russian. Followed closely by American Sign Language (ASL), Korean, and Farsi. We sat down with interpreter/translator Elena Kozak, PhD, MA, to learn more.

April is Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month. We spoke to SCI member A. Dimitrios Colevas, MD to learn more about the disease.

We are so excited to have Steven Corsello, MD, join Stanford Medicine! During Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month we sat down with Dr. Corsello to learn about his brand new lab, emerging GI therapies, and so much more.

Melody Smith, MD, MS

A big welcome to Division of Blood & Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy's new faculty member Melody Smith, MD, MS. During  Black History and Cancer Prevention Month, we sat down with Dr. Smith to learn more.

Andrea Chaikovsky, PhD

Congratulations to Andrea Chaikovsky, who recently successfully defended her PhD! We caught up with the newly minted Dr. Chaikovsky to learn more.⁣

In the Spotlight

We are proud to feature the voices of cancer research at Stanford, from the bench to the clinic.  The SCI Spotlight connects with Stanford cancer researchers and trainees to provide insight into the work we are doing to diagnose, treat, and prevent cancer.  


We are always looking for ways to highlight the accomplishments of our faculty, trainees, and staff. Please reach out to sci-communications@stanford.edu if you have any awards or publications you would like us to amplify.