Scientific Advisory

All applicants receive reviewer comments regardless of award.  Prior to submission or resubmission, applicants to any of the Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI) funding program may request a meeting with a reviewer for scientific and protocol development advice.  To request a meeting with a reviewer please contact MCHRI Administration.

Review and Selection Criteria

Members of the MCHRI and former award recipients are invited to participate as reviewers.  Separate review panels are convened for each of the MCHRI funding programs.  Each review panel has a Panel Chair or two Co-chairs.  There may be more than one panel within each program depending on the number of applications received and reviewers available for any particular cycle.  The Review and Selection Criteria for MCHRI funding programs follow an NIH model.  Each proposal is assigned at least two reviewers.

Reviewers who have met with applicants prior to submission or resubmission for scientific advice are automatically recused from those applicants’ proposals.  Other conflicts of interest are considered.  Reviewers are not assigned to proposals for which they are listed and/or identified as a mentor, co-investigator, or collaborator.  Reviewers are also not assigned to applicants in the same division and/or department.

Reviewers provide written comments and a score on each proposal assigned.  Scoring is based on the NIH 1-9 scale.  Panels meet 6 to 8 weeks after the submission deadline.  Final scores from the review meetings determine the ranking of proposals.  A separate Funding Committee, including the MCHRI directors and panel chairs, determines funding cutoff for each cycle.  The cutoff score varies each cycle depending on the applicant pool and the availability of funds.


Reviewers play a critical role in helping MCHRI adjudicate its funding programs, including evaluating proposals, providing written critiques, and contributing to larger panel discussions for each cycle. The Faculty Scholar/Harman Faculty Scholar, Transdisciplinary Initiatives, Bridge, Instructor K-Award, Master’s Tuition Programs are all reviewed by members of the MCHRI Executive Committee.


Faculty Scholar Program

  • Harvey Cohen, MD, Co-Chair
  • David K. Stevenson, MD, Co-Chair

Pilot Program

  • Paul Grimm, MD, Co-Chair
  • Gary Shaw, PhD, Co-Chair
  • Beth Beadle, MD, PhD
  • Yair Blumenfeld, MD
  • Paul Bollyky, MD, PhD
  • Clark Andrew Bonham, MD
  • Anne Dubin, MD
  • Michael Eisenberg, MD
  • Adam Frymoyer, MD
  • Brice Gaudilliere, MD, PhD
  • Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD
  • Lynne C. Huffman, MD
  • Fernando Mendoza, MD
  • Richard Reimer, MD
  • David Rosenthal, MD
  • Douglas Sidell, MD
  • Julia Simard, ScD
  • Laura Simons, PhD

Clinician Educator Program

  • Bertil Glader, MD, PhD, Co-Chair
  • Deirdre Lyell, MD, Co-Chair
  • Suzan Carmichael, MS, PhD
  • Kay Daniels, 
  • Grace Gengoux, PhD
  • Henry Lee, MS, MD
  • Annette Nasr, PhD
  • Lauren Schneider, PsyD

Clinical (MD) Trainee Program

  • Daniel Bernstein, MD, Co-Chair
  • Gerald Grant, MD, Co-Chair
  • Cristina Alvira, MD
  • Tandy Aye, MD
  • Cynthia Campen, MD
  • Elizabeth Egan, MD, PhD
  • Gregory Enns, MD
  • Hayley Gans, MD
  • David Maahs, MD, PhD
  • Carlos Milla, MD
  • Julie Parsonnet, MD
  • Kate Shaw, MD
  • Kenneth Weinberg, MD
  • Darrell Wilson, MD
  • Courtney Wusthoff, MD


Postdoctoral Support Program

  • Jeffrey Feinstein, MS, MD, Panel Chair
  • Julien Sage, PhD, Panel Chair
  • Kathleen Sakamoto, MD, PhD, Panel Chair
  • Virginia Winn, MD, PhD, Panel Chair
  • Justin Annes, MD, PhD
  • Rosa Bacchetta, MD
  • Nidhi Bhutani, PhD
  • Jeremy Dahl, PhD
  • Kara Davis, DO
  • Vinicio de Jesus Perez, MD
  • Luis de Lecea, PhD
  • Kevin Grimes, MA
  • David S. Hong, MD
  • Joshua Knowles, PhD
  • Ross Metzger, PhD
  • Stephen Montgomery, PhD
  • Michael Moseley, PhD
  • Anupama Narla, MD
  • Guillem Pratx, MS, PhD
  • Sushma Reddy, MD
  • Edda Spiekerkoetter, MD
  • Daniel Spielman, PhD
  • Avnesh Thakor, MS, MD, PhD
  • Katja Weinacht, MD, PhD
  • Sean Wu, MD, PhD
  • James Zehnder, MD