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Class of 2024

Dipankan Bhattacharya, MD

Hi! I usually go by (Dr.) Dippy, so feel free to call me that! I was born in Kolkata, India and moved to the Bay Area when I was 12. I attended UC Berkeley (GO BEARS!!!) and then did my MD-PhD at Yale. For my PhD, I was in Dr. Mustafa Khokha’s lab and used CRISPR/ Cas9 to uncover the function of genes that we identified from sequencing our patients born with congenital birth defects! I chose Pediatrics simply because I am happiest in peds and even through the grueling residency schedule, working with kids always brings me a lot of joy and gives me hope :)

In residency, I pursued a project in advocacy by looking at how pediatric residents utilized interpreter services at our hospital, because, despite my best intentions and efforts, I never felt satisfied with the care I was delivering to my non-English speaking patients! Outside of work I love being in nature, especially by the water! I love going to my martial arts studio and working on fun projects like dancing and making parody videos! I am very excited to join the amazing PICU team at Stanford to complete my training, and I am looking forward to continuing working with, and learning from, all the amazing attendings, fellows, NPs, nurses, pharmacists, RT, PT, OT, and all the other essential staff that make up our PCCM family!

Alaina Critchlow, MD

I grew up outside of Seattle, Washington, but my family currently resides in Southern California. I have spent much of my adult life at Stanford and I am excited to continue my medical training here as part of the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine fellowship program. I earned a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University after which I spent several years as a research coordinator in Adolescent Medicine and Child Psychiatry, also at Stanford. I moved to Denver where I received my M.D. from University of Colorado School of Medicine and M.P.H. from Colorado School of Public Health. I returned to Stanford for Pediatrics residency and spent two years prior to fellowship as a hospitalist in the LPCH Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit.

Outside of medicine, I enjoy hiking, cooking, gardening, watching sports, and spending time with friends and family.

Karolina Grekov, MD

I’m originally from Sochi, Russia but I’ve lived in Southern California for most of my life. I grew up playing the piano and the viola and was able to travel the world with various orchestras throughout my youth, which instilled in me a love of languages and an interest in global health. I went on to study Spanish and Music at Southern Adventist University in Tennessee and ultimately decided to pursue a degree in medicine at Loma Linda University as well as a masters in Bioethics. I was originally drawn to medicine as a tangible means of helping others which has grown into a desire to develop my critical thinking and clinical skills in a high-acuity setting and to help patients and families navigate the emotional and spiritual aspects of illness. I completed my pediatric residency training followed by chief residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where I studied the effects of air pollution on children in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia as part of the global health track. I am interested in the intersection of Bioethics and Global Health -particularly as it pertains to communication and shared decision making.

Outside of medicine I enjoy spending time with my family, being outside, sewing, and tiny desserts. 

Brian Han, MD

I grew up here in Northern California until high school, when I moved to Korea for several years. I returned to the states for college and lived for several years in Chicago, attending Northwestern University for both undergrad and medical school. There I was first exposed to the care of critically ill complex children and decided to pursue a career in pediatrics. I was lucky enough to be able to come back to the Bay Area for pediatrics residency here at Stanford and just completed a cardiology fellowship here as well with a focus on quality improvement and the assessment of effective healthcare delivery. I am excited to remain at Stanford as a Critical Care Fellow as I finish my training with the plan to pursue a career as a cardiac intensivist!

Outside of the hospital, I enjoy playing and watching all kinds of sports, getting outdoors, and spending whatever free time I have with my wonderful wife, Ashley.

Agnes Reschke, MD

While I’m originally from South Africa, I’ve spent the majority of my life moving around the United States and am excited to have settled down in the Bay Area. After finishing high school in Chicago, I obtained my Bachelor of Science from Villanova University and went on to medical school at University of Kentucky. I then completed pediatric residency at Connecticut Children's Medical Center followed by a pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at Stanford. It was during this time that I discovered the emerging field of onco-critical care and made the decision to pursue a pediatric critical care fellowship. I’m thrilled to be staying at Stanford and hope to bring together the fields of pediatric oncology and critical care in a way that will improve the outcomes of critically ill pediatric oncology patients. My academic interests include immune dysregulation and immune responses to immunotherapies such as CAR T-cell therapy. My research to date has been working to better understand cytokine kinetics in patients treated with CAR T-cell therapy and I hope to continue this work and apply a real-time cytokine assay to be able to guide immunomodulatory therapy.

I moved to California with my golden doodle, Bennett, and spend my time outside of work taking him to the beach or the mountains, skiing in Lake Tahoe, sailing in Santa Cruz, or traveling.

Sheyla Richards, MD

Deerfield Beach in South Florida is my hometown and where my family is based. I moved to New York City and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociocultural Anthropology from Columbia University in 2012. During this time, I explored community-based research related to hypertension in communities of color. I graduated with an MD/MS in Biomedical Sciences – Global Health focus dual-degree from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons in 2018. During a research year in medical school, I lived in La Romana, Dominican Republic where I worked on community-based research projects with vulnerable populations and traveled the country. During residency at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, I’ve focused on evaluating a severity of illness score among hospitalized children in Gaborone, Botswana. I am thrilled to make the big move to the West Coast, begin my journey in Pediatric Critical Care at Stanford, and continue to develop my academic interest in Critical Care & Global Health.

Interests: hiking, leisure reading, cooking (new to seafood!), studying French and hosting soirées, painting, dancing.

Class of 2023

Michael Freedman, MD

Originally from the DC suburbs in Maryland, I earned my undergrad degrees in bioengineering, chemistry, and music at the University of Pittsburgh. I spent the next few years getting my feet wet with different experiences before committing to medical school, including raising chickens on a farm in the Israeli desert, and receiving my Masters in bioscience enterprise at the University of Cambridge. I ultimately fell in love with the Bay Area when I got a job doing computational modeling of various diseases and cost-effectiveness of interventions for the Gates Foundation and later, Genentech. Seeking to more directly improve the lives of patients, I received my MD at UCSF where I met my wife. We couples-matched for residency back to Pittsburgh where I received additional training in advocacy, service, and leadership. I couldn't be happier to join PCCM at Stanford for this next great adventure. My professional interests include health services research, computational modeling and predictive analytics, cost-effectiveness of therapeutic and preventive measures, and advocacy for harm-reduction policies. When I'm not in the PICU, I'm either spending time with my wife, making silly faces with my son, riding my bike up mountains, or spending time outside.

Maneesha Limaye, MD

 I grew up in Southern California and attended Stanford University for college, majoring in Humanities with a minor in Biology. After completing my MD/MPH at the University of Miami, I came back to the west coast for my pediatric residency at the University of California Irvine/CHOC. During my training, I found myself drawn to the ICU. It was there that I developed an interest in the management of abnormal hemostasis in critically ill children, which led me to work as a Hematology Hospitalist for the last year. I am excited to return to my alma mater and start a critical care fellowship where I hope to pursue this research interest further. Outside the hospital, I enjoy being outdoors, eating desserts (I can never decide between tiramisu and cheesecake), and taking road trips with my dog Sophie.

Paige Stevens, MD

I was born and raised in Loma Linda, California where my passion for pediatrics was inspired by watching my mom work as a pediatrician and medical educator at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.  I spent many of my early childhood weekends watching my mom round in the hospital with residents and always dreamed of one-day following in her footsteps. I graduated from the UC Riverside with a BS in Biology and then attended the Loma Linda University School of Medicine where I fell in love with critical care during my 4th year pediatric ICU rotation.  I moved just down the road for residency and chief residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and pursued my interests in academic medicine by completing the medical education track. My research interests include designing, implementing, and assessing curricula that teach pediatricians how to provide whole-person medical care that addresses the spiritual needs of patients and their families. Additionally, I am interested in competency-based assessment of simulation curricula. When not in the hospital, I enjoy spending time with family, going to church, exploring nature, playing volleyball, traveling, painting, and baking lava cakes.  I couldn’t be more thrilled to join the Stanford critical care community!

Class of 2022

Anne Durstenfeld, MD

Growing up, I moved back and forth between Singapore and the US a few times and then up and down the East Coast, so I am glad to finally put roots down in the Bay Area! I earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering at Yale and an MD from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. I completed pediatric residency at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx, New York, where I became hooked on the intellectual stimulation and high acuity environment of the Pediatric Critical Care Unit. A short trip to Kenya working as a pediatric hospitalist galvanized my ambition to make critical care concepts and technology applicable and useful to our peers in low-resource settings. My academic interests include medical education, global health, and health disparities. 

When I'm not at work, I love to spend time with my family, church family, and friends, preferably cooking and eating good food (particularly ice cream) or appreciating the outdoors! I am grateful and excited to start critical care fellowship at Stanford!

 

Liz Dorwart, MD

I grew up in New Braunfels, Texas near Austin and have been a LPCH/PICU Hospitalist for 3 years now. I am excited to now start a PCCM fellowship. I went to a small liberal arts school and then did my medical training at University of North Texas. I married my Canadian sweetheart and was torn between peds and ER.  Ultimately, I chose peds because kids are amazing and fill the soul with joy, and pediatricians are a fun group of cats to work with. My professional interests include resuscitation, teamwork, education and telemedicine/outreach. My greatest fear is being on a desert island without a cardigan or a scarf.

When I'm not in the PICU, you can find me gardening, hiking, reading, car karaoke, good food, pisco sours, funny socks and comedy shows. 

 

Monica Ruiz, MD

I was born and raised in Rio Grande City, a small rural town along the South Texas border - this is where I discovered my love of medicine at a young age by shadowing the family physician who cared for our community. I ultimately decided to attend UT Austin, where I received my BS in Neurobiology. During my time there I completed global health trips to Nicaragua, which is where I developed my passion for working in a low resource setting and understanding the social/environmental determinants of health, so began by love affair with public health. This led me to complete an MD/MPH at UT Health San Antonio. I unexpectedly found myself in love with caring for children with complex healthcare needs and stayed in San Antonio to complete my pediatric residency. I am so grateful and excited to be joining to Stanford PICU family!

In my free time I enjoy running, lifting weights, dancing (salsa mostly), hiking, beach time and batting cages! Have two nieces and nephew back home which make me incredible happy for modern day technology, such as facetime.

 

Matt Marx, MD

I am a native Californian but spent most of my upbringing split between family in New Orleans and Philadelphia. It was in New Orleans where I earned my MD at Tulane followed by residency in DC at George Washington U. I was working in the ICU at CHOP in Philadelphia and am excited to join PCCM’s fellowship and continue my Critical Care/Global Health interest and make a trip or two to Tanzania! Joining me is my partner, Brittany, who is a PhD in Latin American History and Women’s studies. I'm looking forward to the nice weather and diverse culture while being able to visit my brother who lives north of Sacramento!

 

Zack Smith, MD

Although I was born in Florida, I spent the majority of my childhood in North Carolina where I became an avid fan of Carolina Basketball. I attended Elon University for my undergraduate studies where I received a degree in American History. After graduation, I completed a Postbaccalaureate Cancer Research Training Fellowship with the HIV and AIDS Malignancy Branch of the National Cancer Institute. I then returned to North Carolina and completed both medical school and pediatric residency at UNC-Chapel Hill. It was during this time that I found my passion of caring for critically-ill children in low-resource settings. Following my graduation from residency, I completed a Fogarty Global Health Postdoctoral Fellowship in Lilongwe, Malawi where I investigated digital auscultation and computerized lung sound analysis in the evaluation of pediatric pneumonia. I extremely excited to be joining the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Stanford University where I hope to hone my skills as an intensivist and continue working to improve the care of children in low and middle-income countries. Outside of the hospital, I am incredibly proud to be married to my amazing spouse Victoria. Along with our dog Einstein, we enjoy long-distance running, music festivals, being on the water, and pretty much anything outdoors.

 

Class of 2021

Hannah Canty

Dr. Hannah Canty is doing an advanced 4th year CVICU fellowship at DC Children's.

 

Sherry Gu

Dr. Sherry Gu is a PICU attending at Kaiser Santa Clara.

 

Thomas LaRocca

Dr. Tom LaRocca is a Clinical Assistant Professor with Stanford at John Muir/LPCH.

 

Amrita Sinha

Dr. Amrita Sinha is continuing her fellowship with an advanced year in Stanford's Clinical Informatics Division.

 

Natalie Wilson

Dr. Natalie Wilson is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester, NY.

 

Class of 2020

Ali Arastu

Dr. Ali Arastu is a PICU attending at Valley Children's Madera and remains adjunct faculty at Stanford University.

 

Vidit Bhargava

Dr. Vidit Bhargava is a PICU attending at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

 

Quynh Nguyen

Dr. Quynh Nguyen is a PICU attending at Miller Children's Hospital, Long Beach.

 

Mahil Rao

Dr. Mahil Rao is continuing with Stanford as a Postdoc Research Scholar.

Class of 2019

Rod Ghassemzadeh

Dr. Rod Ghassemzadeh is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at University of Pittsburgh/Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh CVICU.

 

Lara Murphy

Dr. Lara Murphy is a Clinical Instructor & Research Fellow in Bioinformatics at Stanford.

 

Urs Naber

Dr. Urs Naber is a PICU Attending position at Valley Children's Madera and is Chief Operating Officer of Zeit Medical.

 

Mais Yacoub

Dr. Mais Yacoub is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at University of Nevada Las Vegas/Children's Hosptial of Nevada PICU.

Class of 2018

Meghna Patel

Dr. Meghna Patel is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit  in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at Stanford University.

Lindsey Troy

Dr. Lindsey Troy is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Michelle Olson

Dr. Michelle Olson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pedatrics,  Division of Critical Care at at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Class of 2017

Dane Jacobson

Dr. Dane Jacobson is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at University of Nevada, Reno as well as a Pediatric Intensivist for Mednax, Inc.

Zahidee “Saidie" Rodriguez

Dr. Zahidee “Saidie" Rodriguez is a Pediatric Cardiology fellow in the Emory University School of Medicine at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta Georgia.

Daniel Tawfik

Dr. Daniel Tawfik is an Instructor with the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine as he completes his Master of Science in Health Services Research Program and pursues a career studying organizational and operational features of high-performing healthcare systems.

David Werho

Dr. David Werho is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiology at University of California San Diego Rady Children’s Hospital and continues his research in cardiac intensive care outcomes and medical education.

Class of 2016

Mindy Ju  

Dr. Mindy Ju is a Clinical Instructor at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Mission Bay in a Pediatric Simulation Fellowship.

Katherine Kruse

Dr. Katherine Kruse is a Pediatric Intensivist at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota where she continues her focus on biomedical ethics and palliative care.

Catherine Ross

Dr. Catherine Ross is an Instructor for Harvard University at Boston Children’s Hospital. She continues her research in resuscitation science and pediatric cardiopulmonary arrest.