Current Categorical Fellows

First Year Fellows

Anna Bakas, MD

Training Dates: 7/07/2021 - 7/06/2024

Anna is originally from Carmel, Indiana and attended Indiana University, where she was a Biology major with minors in Chemistry and Spanish.  She was the undergraduate commencement speaker at Indiana University in 2014, and then stayed at IU for medical school.  After finishing at IU School of Medicine (where she was AOA), she went on to Boston Children’s Hospital for her residency in pediatrics.  At BCH she is involved in several research projects, including an analysis of NEC in term infants with congenital heart disease and a retrospective cohort study of patterns of pediatric death in patients with advanced heart disease. On the personal side, Anna’s interests include hiking, fishing, running, skiing, traveling, playing piano, and reading novels.  

Brendan Floyd, MD

Training Dates: 7/07/2021 - 7/06/2024

Brendan was a resident in Stanford’s combined pediatrics/medical genetics program and has numerous degrees to his name, including a PhD in biochemistry and a M.Ed. in secondary education (he was previously a high school chemistry teacher).  He is currently working on a project studying the prevalence of thiamine deficiency in acute decompensated heart failure with Beth for which he received the Stanford Pediatrics Residency Mary Leonard Physician-Scientist Research Grant, and a separate study looking at an algorithm for genetic testing in infants with congenital heart disease with David Stevenson.  He has numerous publications and research posters to his name and received a Medical Student Teaching Award as an intern. He is a former marching band trumpet player and his hobbies include pasta making and baking.

Lyndsey Hunter-Adamson, MD

Training Dates: 7/07/2021 - 7/06/2024

Lyndsey is joining us from UCSF after earning her MD at St. Louis University in Missouri where she was AOA. In residency she worked with Satish Rajagopol on a prospective study assessing whether changes in BNP are associated with extubation failure in post-op CHD patients; she applied for and was awarded internal funding for the project with the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute Resident Research Funding Award. While in St. Louis, she also published a retrospective review of results from device closure for Fontan fenestration at her institution. In her free time, she is an avid hiker/backpacker, having backpacked for 30 days on the John Muir Trail. 

Azadeh (Azy) Issapour, MD

Training Dates: 7/07/2021 - 7/06/2024

Azadeh was a hospitalist in the Columbia CICU after having completed her residency there. She earned her undergraduate degree at Stony Brook and MD at Albert Einstein where she received the Dean’s Recognition Award in her last year for exceptional academic and clinical performance. During her CICU year she worked with Usha Krishnan on a PH study evaluating ambrisentan and tadalafil which she has presented internationally and at ACC. She is fluent in Persian, is a great cook, and enjoys snowboarding. 

Elisa McCarthy, MD

Training Dates: 7/07/2021 - 7/06/2024

Elisa completed her undergraduate work at Dartmouth with majors in Economics, Government, and Spanish. She completed a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at Johns Hopkins and then spent two years as a clinical research coordinator with our own Jeff Feinstein. She then went on to Loyola University in Chicago for medical school and was a resident in Pediatrics at Primary Children’s in Utah.  She has won multiple awards for innovation in medical education, has numerous publications, and is currently involved in several research endeavors, including a project related to transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement with Mary Hunt Martin. She was co-captain of Dartmouth's cross-country and track team in college and enjoys spending her free time outdoors (rock climbing, back country skiing, mountain biking, soccer and swimming, to name a few)!

Jeffrey Yang, MD

Training Dates: 7/07/2021 - 7/06/2024

Jeff joined our residency after having obtained his MD at UCSF and bioengineering degree at UC Berkeley.  He published as a first author in Heart Rhythm on pectoral nerve blocks after PM/ICD placement with our EP team and is currently working on several projects in our division. During these COVID times, he has become an expert on baking sourdough bread, finished an introductory course on ceramics, and was a former violinist in the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra.

Second Year Fellows

Desiree' Conrad, MD

Training Dates: 7/07/2020 - 7/06/2023

Desiree was an undergraduate student here at Stanford where she majored in French Studies, and stayed here for graduate work where she also obtained her masters in French Studies. After completing her Masters, Desiree went on to work as a Program Manager of Patient Education at Kaiser Permanente. She then went on to the University of Illinois College of Medicine for medical school and then went to Tulane-Ochsner for a Med-Peds residency. Desiree was named med-peds Intern of the Year in 2016 and was the Chief Resident of the Med-Peds program there. She worked on several projects at Tulane, including a research project on the assessment of health disparities in pediatric and ACHD cardiac surgical patients, and a QI project on pediatric hypertension screening. She also volunteered her time through a NGO in Rwanda earlier this year. Desiree has a strong interest in ACHD. On the personal side, her interests include running, baking, traveling, arts & crats, and puzzles (though not the crossword kind!).

Minnie Dasgupta, MD

Training Dates: 7/07/2020 - 7/06/2023

Minnie is joining us from our own residency program where she served as a chief resident. She completed her undergraduate work at Cal-Berkeley and medical school at UCLA. Minnie’s academic focus last year as chief was based on resident education, and she has been involved in a number of projects including an assessment of the safety of performing cardiac caths on PH patients and on kinetic GFR in patients with AKI following heart transplant (which she presented at PAS).

Zsofia (Zofi) Long, MD

Training Dates: 7/07/2020 - 7/06/2023

Zsofia completed her undergraduate work at LSU before going to UT Southwestern for medical school. She started residency at Oakland and then completed her Pediatrics training here at Stanford. This is her second round in our CVICU with some time spent in Florida in between, where she worked on several improvement projects in their Heart Center. She remains academically interested in anticoagulation in our patient population and recently presented several projects at PCICS and has several ongoing projects with both Doff and Raj. Zsofia has 3 children and 2 dogs, including a new puppy.

Aaron Phillips, MD

Training Dates: 7/07/2020 - 7/06/2023

Aaron is joining us from Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC. He obtaining his MD at Loma Linda University. During residency he did some work in quality improvement (e.g. family-centered rounds) and in evaluating the feasibility of direct-to-consumer telemedicine visits in pediatric cardiology (costs to families, insurance reimbursements, and patient distance traveled). He is from Bend, Oregon and plays guitar in his free time.

Ali Reza Rais Sadati, MD, PhD

Training Dates: 7/07/2020 - 7/06/2024

Ali joined us after completing 2 years of pediatrics training at Boston Children’s where he started on the accelerated research pathway in pediatrics. Ali completed medical school in Finland before completing two PHDs at the University of Helsinki with specific background work in: 1) Clinical Research with a focus on long-term outcomes of pediatric cardiac surgery, and a 2) Biotechnology looking at a gene-based approach to experimental heart transplant rejection. His work has been rewarded with the 1st prize in the Young Investigator Award at the Association for European Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology Meeting. He is an author on 19 publications with 9 as first author in reputable journals including JACC, Circ and EJCS. He has presented his work in multiple podium and poster presentations at international meetings and has already obtained grant support.

Third Year Fellows

Christine Bui, MD

Training Dates: 7/07/2019 - 7/06/2022

Christine grew up in sunny southern California, then attended college at Yale University where she majored in Biology, studied abroad at Oxford, and learned to love snow. She attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, then traveled to Texas for residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital. She is interested in combining adult congenital cardiology and palliative care.

Christine's hobbies include cooking family recipes, digital photography, and cheering for the sports teams of each new hometown she's adopted. She speaks Spanish and Vietnamese.

Brynn Connor, MD

Training Dates: 7/07/2019 - 7/06/2022

Brynn has spent the majority of her life in Southern California, growing up in Los Angeles and completing her undergraduate education at UCSD. She ventured east for her medical training at Georgetown and is excited to return to the west coast! Her interests include running, hiking, sailing, and discovering the best brunch spots in each city. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in adult congenital heart disease.

Katherine (Katie) Hansen, MD

Training Dates: 7/07/2019 - 07/06/2022

Katie was born in Indonesia and grew up in Mexico, Gabon, China, and San Diego, CA. She attended Stanford where she completed a B.A. in Human Biology and an M.A. in Religious Studies. She played on the Stanford Water Polo Team and the US Women's National Water Polo Team. After college she worked in medical clinics in San Diego and San Francisco and in medical research in neurosurgery, radiology, and community health. She then went to medical school at UC San Diego before coming back to Stanford for her pediatrics residency training. Her personal interests include outdoor adventures with her husband and dogs, ocean sports, triathlons, international travel, and hosting dinner for friends.

Brittany Navarre, MD

Training Date: 7/07/2018 - 12/31/2021

Brittany grew up in the small town of Cle Elum, WA. She attended Washington State University where she received her BA in Neuroscience and met her husband, Tim. Between college and medical school she completed a 2 year research fellowship at the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Baltimore, MD. She then went to medical school at the University of Washington. She just completed her pediatric residency at Phoenix Children's Hospital and is excited to be moving back West for cardiology fellowship. Hobbies: Trail running, mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, karate, yoga and anything outdoors.

Flora Nuñez Gallegos, MD, MPH

Chief Fellow

Training Dates: 07/07/2019 - 07/06/2022

Flora was born in El Salvador but grew up in Los Angeles. She is an alumnus of the Stanford School of Medicine of Medicine 2015. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. While in medical school she took a year away to obtain her Master of Public Health from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She completed her residency and served as Chief Resident at the Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital Pediatric program. She has a passion for advocacy and addressing barriers to health care access particularly as they relate to underserved children.

She is excited to be back at the Farm with her husband, an Emergency Medicine physician, and their sweet baby boy Noah. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, trying new wine, and hopes to finally learn how to cook.

Jessica Sanchez, MD

Training Dates: 7/07/2019 - 7/06/2022

Jessica grew up in sunny Arizona, where she attended the University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!) and received her B.S. in Physiology. She took some time after undergrad to try the research life for a couple years working in a cardiovascular physiology lab, before continuing on to medical school at the University of Arizona. She ventured to the east coast and did her pediatric intern year at University of Connecticut, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, and later transferred and completed her pediatric residency training at Boston Children's Hospital/Boston Medical Center. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, loves to travel, and you can often find Jess and her husband Pablo out salsa dancing! She is very excited to back in the west coast for fellowship.

Anne Taylor, MD

Chief Fellow

Training Dates: 7/07/2019 - 7/06/2022

Anne grew up in Michigan where she spent summers on the water in Traverse City. She attended Harvard where she majored in Molecular and Cellular Biology and was a member of the springboard diving team. Following graduation, she worked as an analyst for The Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC performing strategy and operations research for oncology groups across the country. She completed medical school at the University of Colorado where she developed a love for the mountains and learned to ski. She made her way further west for pediatric residency at Stanford.

In her free time, Anne enjoys spending time with family and friends (human and canine) at the beach, in the mountains, and in wine country.

Fellowship Program Leadership

Scott Ceresnak, MD

Program Director, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship

Alisa Arunamata, MD

Associate Program Director, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship

Neha Purkey, MD

Associate Program Director, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship

Lupe Romero-Villanueva

Fellowship Coordiator

Holly Lewin

Fellowship Coordinator