CVI Mentorship Program

for Early Career Researchers


The Cardiovascular Institute Mentorship Program connects early career cardiovascular scientists with faculty mentors for one-on-one career and research advice.

We welcome Mentee applications from any early career researcher (e.g. graduate student, medical student, resident, postdoc, fellow, or instructor) who is either a CVI member (join here) or whose primary research mentor is a CVI member. 

You must be currently studying or working at Stanford to participate in the program.

We welcome Mentor applications from any Stanford University faculty member.

CVI Faculty Mentors

Kevin Alexander, MD, FACC

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine

amyloidosis, heart failure, transplant, molecular biology

Euan A. Ashley, MCRP, DPhil

Associate Dean, School of Medicine, Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular), of Genetics, of Biomedical Data Science

Leah Backhus, MD, MPH, FACS

Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery

health services research, health disparities, cancer surveillance, career advice for MPH

Daniel Bernstein, MD

Alfred Woodley Salter and Mabel Smith Salter Endowed Professor in Pediatrics

cell signaling in cardiovascular disease, cardiomyopathy, hiPSC-CMs, right ventricular failure, mitochondrial dynamics and function

Vivek Bhalla, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Nephrology)

hypertension, kidney physiology, aldosterone, diabetes, chronic kidney disease

Helen Blau, PhD

The Donald and Delia Baxter Foundation Professor; Director, Baxter Lab for Stem Cell Biology

nuclear reprogramming, plasticity of the differentiated state, muscle stem cell biology, inflammaging, iPSC modeling of DMD cardiomyopathy

Vinicio de Jesus Perez, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine)

vascular biology, pulmonary vascular disease, drug-induced cardiopulmonary toxicity, endothelial biology, pericyte and smooth muscle cell biology

Alexander Dunn, PhD

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

biophysics, mechanobiology, microscopy, cryo-EM tomography

Jesse Engreitz, PhD

Assistant Professor, Genetics, and the Children’s Heart Center Basic Sciences and Engineering Initiative

genetics, genomics, CRISPR, vascular cells

Dan Ennis, PhD

Associate Professor of Radiology (VA Palo Alto)

cardiac MRI, cardiac mechanics, cardiovascular flow and motion, cardiac imaging biomarkers, cardiovascular devices

William Fearon, MD

Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)

interventional cardiology, coronary physiology, clinical trials

Michael Fischbein, MD, PhD

Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery

aorta, aneurysm, iPSC derived smooth muscle cells, precision medicine, multi-omics, cardiac surgery

Paul George, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology (Adult Neurology)

regenerative medicine, stem cells, biomaterials, electrical stimulation, stroke

Eric Gross, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

ischemia-reperfusion injury, aldehydes, opioids, anesthesia, surgery, e-cigarettes

Francois Haddad, MD

Clinical Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine

Paul Heidenreich, MD

Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular)

outcomes, economic analysis, health services, quality of care, health policy

Sarah Heilshorn, PhD

Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

biomaterials, drug delivery, regenerative medicine, stem cell biology, bioprinting

Ngan Huang, PhD

Associate Professor (Research) of Cardiothoracic Surgery

tissue engineering, biomaterials, angiogenesis, stem cells

Michael Kapiloff, MD, PhD

Associate Professor (Research) of Ophthalmology

signal transduction, cardiac hypertrophy, cardiac physiology, gene therapy

Ioannis Karakikes, PhD

Assistant Professor (Research), Cardiothoracic Surgery

Kiran Khush, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)

clinical research, heart transplant, donor selection, non-invasive biomarkers

Joshua Knowles, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine

genetics of cardiovascular disease, inherited lipid disorders, insulin resistance and diabetes, preventive cardiology, physician scientist training

Brian Kobilka, MD

Helene Irwin Fagan Chair in Cardiology

G-protein coupled receptors, membrane protein structure, biophysics

Jason T. Lee, MD

Professor of Surgery (Vascular Surgery)

aortic aneurysm, vascular surgery, aortic dissection, aortic stent-grafts

Nicholas Leeper, MD

Professor of Surgery (Vascular Surgery)

atherosclerosis, vascular biology, vascular medicine, efferocytosis

Eldrin Lewis, MD

Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)

heart failure, outcomes research, quality of life, clinical trials, and health care disparities

David Liang, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular), Emeritus

Ronglih Liao, PhD

Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)

myocardial biology and physiology, cardiac amyloidosis, animal models of heart disease

Kenneth Mahaffey, MD

Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)

clinical trials, acute coronary syndromes, atrial fibrillation, hyperlipidemia

David Maron, MD

Clinical Professor, Medicine - Stanford Prevention Research Center

primary and secondary prevention of coronary artery disease

Alison Marsden, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology) and Bioengineering

biomechanics, cardiovascular devices,  computational modeling, finite element simulations, mechanobiology

Jonathan Myers, PhD

Clinical Professor (Affiliated), Medicine - Med/cardiovascular Medicine

mentoring on prevention and rehabilitation, inherited cardiovascular diseases, sports cardiology, epidemiology

Mark Mercola, PhD

Sanford and Joan Weill Scholar and Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular)

Sanjiv Narayan, MD

Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine

cardiac arrhythmias, atrial fibrillation, computational modeling, machine learning, bioengineering

Patricia Nguyen, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)

atherosclerosis, cardioimmunology, imaging

Mark R. Nicolls, MD

Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

vascular disease, immune response, lung transplantation, pulmonary hypertension, lymphedema

Koen Nieman, MD, PhD

Associate Professor Medicine (Cardiology) and of Radiology (CV Imaging)

cardiac CT, clinical research, coronary artery disease, ischemic heart disease, bypass graft imaging

Latha Palaniappan, MD, MS

Professor of Medicine (General Medical Disciplines)

John Pauly, PhD

Reid Weaver Dennis Professor of Electrical Engineering

4D flow MRI, quantitative MRI, dynamic contrast MRI, real-time MRI, machine learning for image processing and reconstruction

Marlene Rabinovitch, MD

Dwight and Vera Dunlevie Professor in Pediatric Cardiology

Kristy Red-Horse, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology

developmental biology, cardiovascular development, heart regeneration, coronary arteries

Sushma Reddy, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology) at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

congenital heart disease, heart failure, microRNA, microvascular dysfunction, mitochondria

Fatima Rodriguez, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)

health disparities, Hispanic/Latino, lipids, cardiovascular prevention, cardiovascular risk prediction

Elsie Ross, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Vascular Surgery) and of Medicine (BMIR)

peripheral artery disease, vascular surgery, big data, machine learning, clinical outcomes

Nazish Sayed, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor (Research) of Surgery (Vascular Surgery)

iPSCs, endothelial biology, vascular disease modeling, cardio-oncology, immune-mediated cardiovascular regeneration

Yasuhiro Shudo, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery (Adult Cardiac Surgery)

thoracic organ transplant, heart failure, bio-engineering, angiogenesis, biostatistics, robotics

Edda Spiekerkoetter, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine)

Marcia Stefanick, PhD

Professor (Research) of Medicine (Stanford Prevention Research Center) and OBGYN

women's health, physical activity and CV prevention (and risk factors)

Philip Tsao, PhD

Professor (Research) of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)

vascular disease, atherosclerosis, endothelial function, genetic epidemiology

Mintu Turakhia, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) at the Palo Alto VAHCS

outcomes research, data science, clinical trials, digital health, arrhythmia, electrophysiology

Cornelia Weyand, MD

Professor of Medicine (Immunology and Rheumatology)

immunometabolism, T-cell immune responses in vascular inflammation, macrophages in vascular inflammation, vasculitis, immune aging

Ron Witteles, MD

Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)

amyloidosis, cardio-oncology, sarcoidosis, heart failure

Paul Wang, MD

Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) and, by Courtesy, of Bioengineering

medical technology innovation, arrhythmias, clinical trials

Joseph Woo, MD

Chairman & Norman E. Shumway Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery

cardiovascular surgery, biomechanical engineering, molecular and cellular biology, clinical translational therapies, device development

Joseph Wu, MD, PhD

Director, Stanford CVI
Simon H. Stertzer, MD, Professor and Professor of Radiology

iPSC disease modeling, drug discovery, precision medicine, genomics, cardio-oncology, molecular imaging

Sean Wu, MD, PhD

Sanford and Joan Weill Scholar and Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)

cardiovascular disease mechanisms, drug discovery, precision medicine, genomics, stem cells, molecular imaging

Phillip Yang, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)

myocardial restoration, iPSC-derived secretomes and biologics, molecular and cardiac MRI, cellular bioenergetics, precision medicine