Educational Excellence Spotlights
The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery proudly supports individuals who pursue advanced degrees, including a master's degree or doctorate, while in practice, training, or residency at Stanford. Collaboration with campus departments and their graduate programs have included Bioengineering, Epidemiology and Population Health, and Mechanical Engineering.
Amanda Steele, PhD
PhD in Bioengineering, Stanford (2019)
Dr. Steele is a former postdoctoral research fellow in Dr. Joseph Woo's laboratory. She received her PhD in Bioengineering from Stanford’s Department of Bioengineering in 2019.
Elan Burton, MD, MHA
MHA, University of Minnesota (2019)
Dr. Burton practices at SHC, VAPAHCS, and SCVMC, and specializes in coronary bypass grafting, valve surgery, aortic surgery, and minimally invasive coronary bypass grafting.
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Lyndsay (Stapleton) Smith, PhD
PhD in Bioengineering, Stanford (2020)
Dr. Smith is a former graduate research fellow in Dr. Joseph Woo's laboratory. She received her PhD in Bioengineering from Stanford's Department of Bioengineering in 2020.
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Andrew Goldstone, MD, PHD
PhD in Epidemiology, Stanford (2016)
At Stanford, Dr. Goldstone conducted numerous observational studies published in top medical journals, some of which led to changes in professional guidelines for the management of valvular heart disease.
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Yuanjia Zhu, MD
PhD in Bioengineering, Stanford
Dr. Zhu is interested in enhancing surgical outcomes and improving processes and technology in the OR by advancing surgical devices or streamlining complex operations.
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Current and Graduated Students
Michael Ma, MD
MS in Bioengineering, Stanford (Expected 2022)
Cayley Bowles, MD
PhD in Epidemiology, Stanford (Expected 2024)
Peter Chiu, MD
MS in Epidemiology, Stanford (2016)
PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford (Expected 2025)
PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford (Expected 2021)
PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford (Expected 2023)