Stanford Student Research

Each year, students from Stanford University, School of Medicine assist our team in developing research projects and questions. Students are paired with a member of our faculty based on their research interests. Many of our students get the opportunity to present their research at national conferences. If you are interested in learning more about our student research program, please email Katie Hastings, the research program manager, at katiegh@stanford.edu.

Students We Have Worked With

Blake Montgomery, MD

Resident

Blake Montgomery is from St. Louis, Missouri. He went to undergraduate school and medical school at University of Missouri Kansas City. He participated in a year of research at the National Institutes of Health through the Medical Research Scholars Program. Blake is involved in many interesting projects focused on improving our understanding of extremity and body casts, early onset scoliosis, multiple hereditary exostoses, limb deformities, infection and healthcare disparities.

Ghida El-Banna

Medical Student

Ghida EL-Banna is a first year medical student who is originally from Lebanon. She holds a BA in Biology from Smith College and Master of Public Policy from UMass Amherst. She is currently working on the clubfoot study with Dr. Frick to investigate activity levels in children treated for congenital clubfoot who may or may not have experienced a relapse. Outside of medicine, Ghida does policy work and this includes being the Vice Chair of Policy for the California Medical Student Association.

Gaby Joseph

Medical Student

Gaby Joseph, originally from Bellevue, Washington, is pursuing an MD at Stanford School of Medicine. He received his bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from Princeton where he was a four-year member of the soccer team, and where much of his interest in medicine, orthopedics, and research grew. With a desire to pursue a career in surgery, Gaby is interested in investigating surgical outcomes and the effects of translational research on improvements in practice.

Dana Leonard

Medical Student

Dana Leonard worked as a research coordinator in clinical research for the Orthopedic Spine Service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for three and a half years prior to medical school. At Stanford, she has worked with the Pediatric Orthopedics team on a range of topics including radiation exposure to orthopedic surgeons, the impacts of autism spectrum disorder on orthopedic outcomes, and the incidence of vascular injury in sternoclavicular dislocation.

 

Daniel Mayor

Medical Student

Daniel Mayor is from Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Harvard College in 2017, where he majored in Neurobiology. His lifelong involvement in sports brought him to the pediatric orthopedic department, where he’s worked on projects ranging from neuromuscular scoliosis to concussions. Daniel’s goal is to specialize in a field that brings together his interest in sports medicine and the nervous system.

 

Karthik Nathan

Medical Student

Karthik Nathan is an MS4/5 at Stanford. He grew up in Atlanta and went to Georgia Tech for undergrad, and is planning on applying into orthopaedic surgery for residency next year. Karthik worked in the Peds Ortho department on projects including Deciding Without Data, Caregiver Disability Forecasting, and Autism and Neuromuscular Scoliosis. When he’s not on rotations or working on research, he loves working out, playing frisbee/tennis/basketball/golf, going on hikes, and exploring new restaurants in the Bay Area.

Emily Phu Tran

Medical Student

Emily Phu Tran is a current Stanford medical student who yields from Las Vegas, Nevada. She is interested in pediatric orthopedics and will be working on an ACL length study with Dr. Shea.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uriel Rangel Sanchez

Medical Student

Uriel Rangel Sanchez is from Guanajuato, Mexico and grew up in Southern California. Before Stanford, he graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Uriel's projects with Pediatric Orthopaedics include work in opioid prescription policies and clinical decision making. He also has helped design several project logos!

 

 

 

 

 

Maechi Uzosike

Medical Student

Maechi Uzosike is currently a medical student at Stanford. He is from the Midwest (Cincinnati, Ohio), but went to school at Princeton for undergrad. Prior to medical school he did research on sickle cell disease at Johns Hopkins and also field research on velvet geckos at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia. With the Pediatric Orthopedics department, he is working on a wide array of projects from understanding physician decision making, to using big data to understand trends in treatments of fractures, and has a particular interest in understanding more on how and why we as providers make decisions. Outside of research in the department, he takes hiphop classes to keep up with dance, and is involved in SNMA (Student National Medical Association), and enjoys just relaxing with friends.

Thompson Zhuang

Medical Student

Thompson Zhuang received a BA in Chemistry from Princeton University in 2016, where he studied inorganic catalysis. After spending a post-graduate year at Princeton doing chemistry research, he is now a medical student at Stanford. Thompson is interested in understanding the vital roles that rising healthcare costs and health disparities play as socioeconomic determinants of health, so that targets for intervention can be identified to improve patient health and well-being.

Samuel Cohen

Medical Student

Sammy received his BS from the University of Southern California and is currently a medical student at Stanford. His research interests include patient-centered decision making, quality improvement, and understanding how health disparities impact access to orthopaedic procedures. In his free time, he enjoys running, hiking, and attending USC football games.

 

Mohammed Shaheen

Medical Student

Mohammed Shaheen received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Chicago and a JD from Harvard Law School.  He’s currently investigating surgical outcomes with the pediatric orthopedics team. He’s also interested in health disparities, global surgery and translational research. Outside of medicine and law, he enjoys working out, playing basketball, endurance running, and exploring the outdoors in Northern California.

 

Jeffrey Kwong

Medical Student

Jeffrey Wing Kee Kwong is a 5th year student at Stanford in the MD / MS in Epidemiology and Clinical Research program. His research interests are in the intersection between epidemiology and orthopaedic surgery, and he has worked with Dr. Vorhies on projects investigating the use of flexible titanium rods and the use of computer assisted navigation in scoliosis surgery. In his free time, he enjoys running, playing cello with friends, and watching TV dramas. In June 2021, he will be starting his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at UCSF.

Scholarly Work from Stanford Student Research

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Nathan K, Uzosike M, Sanchez U, Karius A, Leyden J, Segovia N, Eppler S, Hastings KG, Kamal R, Frick S. (December 15 2020) Deciding without data: clinical decision-making in pediatric orthopedic surgery. Int J Qual Health Care. 32(10):658-662. doi: 10.1093/intqhc/mzaa119. PMID: 32986101; PMCID: PMC7737158.

Joseph G, Mueller, Segovia N, Tileston K. (November 17 2020) Mindset correlates with health-related quality of life assessment in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Spine Deformity. doi: 10.1007/s43390-020-00243-w.

Montgomery BK, Perrone KH, Yang S, Segovia NA, Rinsky L, Pugh CM, Frick SL. (June 1 2020) Does the location of short-arm cast univalve effect pressure of the three-point mould? J Child Orthop. 14(3):236-240. doi: 10.1302/1863-2548.14.200034.

Montgomery BK, Perrone KH, Yang S, Segovia NA, Rinsky L, Pugh CM, Frick SL. (June 1 2020) Does the location of short-arm cast univalve effect pressure of the three-point mould? J Child Orthop. 14(3):236-240. doi: 10.1302/1863-2548.14.200034.

Montgomery BK, Storaci HW, Segovia NA, Young J (April 2020) Test of Strength: Figure-of-Eight versus Spiral Wrapping Technique for Fiberglass Casts. Cureus 12(4): e7843. doi:10.7759/cureus.7843.

Leonard DA, Segovia NA, Kaur J, Lucas J, Bishop J, Vorhies JS (February 2020) Posterior Sternoclavicular Dislocation: Do We Need "Cardiothoracic Backup"? Insights From a National Sample. J Orthop Trauma 34(2):e67-e71. doi: 10.1097/BOT.0000000000001685.

Tileston KR, Uzosike M, Segovia N, Rinsky LA, Imrie MN (January 1, 2020) Day of the Week of Surgery Affects Time to Discharge for Patients With Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. Orthopedics 43(1):8-12. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20191001-06.

Zhuang T, El-Banna G, Frick S (December 29, 2019) Arthrodesis of the Foot or Ankle in Adult Patients with Congenital Clubfoot. Cureus 11(12): e6505. doi:10.7759/cureus.6505.

Montgomery BK, Cahan EM, Frick S (December 23, 2019) Spinal Screening MRI Trends in Patients with Multiple Hereditary Exostoses: National Survey. Cureus 11(12): e6452. doi:10.7759/cureus.6452.

Book Chapters

Montgomery B, and Frick SL. Implants for Pediatric Lower Extremity Fractures. In Handbook of Orthopaedic Trauma Implantology. December 2020. Springer Nature, Manapakkam Chennai, India. 

National and Regional Presentations

El-Banna G, Baskar D, Frick S. (2021) Clubfoot Activity, Recurrence & Exercise Study (CARES): A pilot study. Podium presentation at POSNA annual meeting.

Vorhies J, Leonard D, Segovia N, Kaur J, and Nathan K. (2020, August-September) Does Autism Alter the Risk Profile for Idiopathic Scoliosis Surgery? Poster presentation at AAOS Annual Meeting.

Vorhies J, Leonard D, Segovia N, Kaur J, Lucas, Bishop J. (2020, August-September) Posterior Sternoclavicular Dislocation: Do We Need “Cardiothoracic Backup”? Podium presentation at AAOS Annual Meeting.

Montgomery B, Tileston K, Brody, Imrie M, Policy J, Rinsky L, and Vorhies J. (2020, August-September) Elongation, Derotation, Flexion Cast on Jackson Table. Podium presentation at AAOS Annual Meeting. Won Pediatric Evidence-Based Technique Award.

Tran, E., Chen, Dingel, Terhune, Segovia, Ganley, Fabricant, Green, Stavinoha, Shea. (2020, January). ACL Length in Pediatric Patients: A Retrospective MRI Study. Podium presentation at the 7th annual meeting of PRISM, Glendale, AZ.

Ellis, H., Edmonds, Yen, Wilson, Tran, Cannamela, Shea. (2020, January) Challenges in Small Knee Arthroscopy: A Qualitative and Quantitative Infantile Cadaveric Experience. Scientific poster presentation at the 7th annual meeting of PRISM, Glendale, AZ.

Leonard, Segovia, Kaur, Nathan, Vorhies. (2020, July) Does Autism Alter the Risk Profile for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Surgery? E-Poster presentation at the 2020 EPOS Meeting, Porto, Portugal.

Montgomery, Tileston, Kaur, Kim, Segovia, Imrie, Policy, Rinsky, Vorhies. (2020, July) Using a Modified Jackson Table for Elongation, Derotation, Flexion Casting. E-Poster presentation at the 2020 EPOS Meeting, Porto, Portugal.

Vorhies J, Montgomery B, Tileston K, Kim D, Segovia N, Imrie M, Policy J, Rinsky L. (2020, May) Technique for Elongation, Derotation, Flexion Casting Using a Modified Jackson Table (video abstract). Accepted for podium presentation at 2020 Virtual POSNA Conference.

Montgomery B, Perrone, Yang, Segovia N, Rinsky L, Pugh C, Frick SL. (2020, May) Cast Univalve Location Matters: Determines Pressure at the Three-Point Mold. Poster presentation at 2020 Virtual POSNA Conference.

Tran E, Vuong B, Storaci H, Tam, Segovia N, Shea KG. Biomechanics and Histology of Pediatric Discoid Meniscus Saucerization and Meniscectomy. E-poster at Virtual 2020 WOA Conference.

Vuong B, Segovia N, Randhawa S, Trivedi S, Tran E, Shea KG. Growth of the Pediatric Knee Meniscus: a Cadaveric Study. E-poster at Virtual 2020 WOA Conference.

El Banna G, Frick SL. Clubfoot Activity, Recurrence & Exercise (CARES): A Pilot Study. E-poster at Virtual 2020 WOA Conference.

Joseph G, Tileston K, Segovia N, Koltsov J. Racial and Socioeconomic Status Effects Treatment of Spinal Epidural Abscesses Podium Presentation at Virtual 2020 WOA Conference.

Montgomery B, Joseph G, Segovia N, Koltsov J, Vorhies J, Tileston K. (2020, October) Race and Income Affect Treatment of Common Pediatric Orthopaedic Fractures. E-poster presentation at 2020 AAP Conference.

Imrie, M., Stavinoha, Uzosike, McGlothlin, Segovia, Pun. (2019, May). Curve Characteristics and Clinical Outcomes in Post Sternotomy/Thoracotomy Scoliosis Undergoing Definitive Spinal Fusion. Eposter presented at the POSNA annual meeting, Charlotte, NC.

Frick, S., Nathan, Kamal, Eppler, Leyden, Uzosike, Sanchez, Karius, Segovia. (2019, May). Deciding Without Data: Clinical Decision Making in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery. Paper presented at the POSNA annual meeting, Charlotte, NC.

Frick, S., Montgomery, Pugh, Perrone, Rinsky, Yang. (2019, July). Does Univalve Location Differentially Effect Pressures at the Three-Point Mold? Rapid Fire oral presentation at 83rd annual WOA meeting, Monterey, CA.

Vorhies, J., Kaur, Montgomery (2019, July). Novel Technique for Early Onset Scoliosis Casting Using Jackson Table. Eposter presented at 83rd annual WOA meeting, Monterey, CA.

Vorhies, J., Kaur, Leonard. (2019, July).  Does Autism Alter the Risk Profile for Idiopathic Scoliosis Surgery? Rapid Fire oral presentation at 83rd annual WOA meeting, Monterey, CA.

Imrie, M., Pun, S., Uzosike. (2019, July). Motor Delay in Pavlik Harness Us. Rapid Fire oral presentation at 83rd annual WOA meeting, Monterey, CA.

Vorhies, J., Leonard, Bishop, Segovia, Kaur. (2019, September). Posterior Sternoclavicular Dislocation: Do We Need “Cardiothoracic Backup”? Insights from a National Sample. Oral Presentation for annual OTA meeting, Denver, CO.          

Vorhies, J., Montgomery, Kaur, Tileston. (2019, July). Onset Scoliosis Casting Using Jackson Table. Oral Presentation for annual IMAST meeting, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Van Nortwick, Leonard, Valone. (2019, September). Methods for Reducing Intra-Operative Breast Radiation Exposure in Orthopaedic Surgeons. Iposter presented for annual ASSH meeting, Las Vegas, NV.