Matthew Mansh, B.S.
Matthew (Matt) Mansh is a fourth year MD candidate at Stanford University with a concentration in Molecular Basis of Medicine and Cancer Biology. He serves as an investigator of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Medical Education Research Group. Mr. Mansh grew up in a small suburb located just outside of Philadelphia, PA. He graduated with high honors obtaining degrees in Molecular Biology and Chemistry from Haverford College with a thesis entitled “A novel role for hedgehog signaling in axon guidance along the optic tract”.
As an undergraduate, he was involved in number of activities including HIV/AIDS volunteer work, student government, admissions, teaching, and peer mentorship. He became interested in LGBT issues while seeing patients both in LGBT-centered primary care clinics in Philadelphia and while working in a sexual health center during his Junior Year Abroad (JYA) at King’s College London’s School of Medicine in the United Kingdom.
He has a broad background in basic science research aimed primarily at investigating classic developmental signaling pathways. Before entering medical school, he spent two years studying embryonic stem cell biology and germ layer formation at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). At Stanford, he has previously worked in the Porteus Lab developing gene therapy approaches for the treatment of sickle cell disease that utilized patient-specific induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. Currently, he is pursuing a research year at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) working to apply principles of pharmacogenomics to the development of personalized clinical guidelines for the management of lung transplant recipients. He is a published author and has presented his research work across the United States and abroad.
Mr. Mansh is interested in internal medicine, oncology, family medicine and medical dermatology. He hopes to balance a career that combines longitudinal patient care, teaching, mentorship, research, and advocacy. Like his fellow investigators, he also envisions a world without LGBT health disparities and would like to serve his part towards obtaining this broad goal. In his free time, he enjoys long-distance running, shopping, tennis, video games, traveling abroad, and hopes one day to achieve his goal of becoming a walking film encyclopedia.