E&PH Leadership

Melissa Bondy, Ph.D. 

Inaugural Department Chair 

Dr. Bondy joined the Stanford community in October 2019. In addition to providing leadership for the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, she will also "serve in the newly created role of associate director for population sciences at the Stanford Cancer Institute, where she will spearhead the research enterprise of the institute’s population sciences program, which is designed to reduce the burden of cancer and improve outcomes for patients with cancer...

Dr. Bondy earned a PhD in epidemiology at the University of Texas School of Public Health.  Before coming to Stanford, she spent nearly two decades at Baylor College of Medicine. In 2001, she became director of the Childhood Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Center, a joint center of Baylor College of Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center and Texas Children’s Hospital. Ten years later, she took on a new role as the associate director of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine’s Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center, where she focused much of her research on understanding heredity patterns and genetic susceptibilities in brain and breast cancer...

Bondy serves on the National Cancer Institute’s board of scientific advisers and is a member of the external advisory board for several NCI-designated cancer centers. In 2018, she received the visiting scholar award from the NCI Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics." Click here to read the full story

Martha Kessler

Director of Finance and Administration (DFA)

Ms. Kessler has 20 years experience directing organizational finances, staffing and administration at Stanford University. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Finance and Administration for the Department of Health Research and Policy, Population Health Sciences, Basic Science Shared Services Consortium and the Department of Structural Biology. She received the Marsh O'Neill Research Award in 2015 for participating in the perfect NIH score on the Clinical Translational Science Award. She also is the Stanford coordinator for pet-assisted therapy for pet visits to de-stress students, staff and faculty events around campus.