Research Staff

Research Management

Christian Klemt, MSc PhD - Research Program Manager

Christian Klemt completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Berlin Institute of Technology. He joined Queen Mary, University of London to pursue a masters degree in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on musculoskeletal mechanics. To broaden his interest in musculoskeletal biomechanics, Christian joined Imperial College London in 2015 for a PhD aiming to customize musculoskeletal shoulder modelling utilizing Magnetic Resonance Imaging in order to more precisely assess joint functionality and joint stability for both native joints as well as joint replacements. Following the completion of his PhD, he joined the Bioengineering Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School to study in-vivo hip and knee biomechanics of patients with total joint replacement. Additionally, Christian’s Post-Doctoral research involved the retrospective analysis of patient data to identify risk factors for poor patient outcomes and implant failure. Recently, Christian developed and validated artificial intelligence technology to predict post-operative outcomes and complications for patients following hip and knee arthroplasty surgery in order to assist clinical decision-making. 

In his free time, Christian enjoys meeting family and friends. He likes travelling to explore new cultures. He also has a keen interest in sports including soccer and cycling.  

If you have any questions about the research program, please contact Christian at cklemt@stanford.edu.

Amishi Jobanputra, MS - Clinical Trials Manager

Amishi joins the pediatric orthopedic surgery division as the Clinical Trials Manager. She has her Master’s in Biochemistry and has gathered experience working in quality control, quality assurance, pre-clinical research, and phase 1B to 4 clinical trials. She has been directly involved in developing various research studies and projects including investigator initiated studies (IND). She manages clinical research operations for the pediatric orthopaedic surgery division and works with research coordinators and PIs in study set up, feasibility, budgeting, regulatory, data management, sponsored trials and student/residents/fellow projects.

Clinical Research Coordinators

Ann Richey, BA - Clinical Research Coordinator

Ann is from Northeastern Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December 2019 with a BA in Psychology and Legal Studies and a Certificate in Criminal Justice. She worked for two years as an undergraduate research assistant in a lab studying the neuroscience of early life adversity. She moved to the Bay Area after graduation to pursue new research opportunities in children’s health and is excited for the opportunity to help children receive the best health care through research at Stanford’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Halle Freiman, MS MD - Clinical Research Coordinator

Halle grew up on the Upper West Side of New York City. She graduated from Colgate University in 2013 where she earned her B.A. in Art History and Middle Eastern Studies. While she always wanted to pursue medicine, she fell with art at a young age when one of her teachers continuously took their class to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (her favorite place in NYC). After Colgate she then went on to complete a post-baccalaureate in pre-medical studies at Fordham University and then a master's in biomedical sciences at Tufts University. Halle travelled to Dublin, Ireland to complete her medical degree and graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in May 2021. With her unique background Halle loves explaining the intersection between art and medicine and hopes to continue this exploration throughout her career. She is a lifelong athlete and loves all things sports! She played soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse competitively growing up and then rugby in college and Gaelic football while attending medical school. Even though she is a city girl, she loves being outdoors and exploring what this amazing planet has to offer. Halle will be applying to orthopaedic residencies in the future and is excited about all that the world of orthopaedics has to offer.

Hiba Naz, BS – Clinical Research Coordinator

Hiba is from Houston, Texas and graduated from University of California, Davis in September 2019 with a degree in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior. During her undergraduate she worked at the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research at UC Davis Health. She continued working at UC Davis Health after her graduation on several studies exploring barriers to cancer care for adolescent and young adults (AYAs) in low-and-middle-income countries in Latin America, barriers to AYAs’ participation in cancer clinical trials, symptom management for heart failure patients, and implementation of tobacco cessation services at UC Davis Health. Hiba is excited to support research and improve patient care and outcomes at Stanford’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Vanessa Taylor, BS - Clinical Research Coordinator

Vanessa is from Corvallis, Oregon and she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon in 2022. Studying Human Physiology and Sports business, she gained experience in Orthopedic and Biomechanics research as a research assistant. During her undergraduate she also completed a Sports Performance internship with the University of Oregon Football team exploring data analysis related to how competitive training techniques affect athletes. Vanessa will be working with Dr. Shea and is very excited to learn and advance her skills in orthopedic research.

Xochitl Bryson, BA - Clinical Research Coordinator

Xochitl is from Anaheim, CA, and graduated with a B.A. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Spanish Language & Literature from UC Davis in 2021. During her undergraduate career, she worked at the UC Davis Medical Center as a member of the research team within the Department of Emergency Medicine. At Stanford, Xochitl works for Dr. John Vorhies in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery focusing on spine research. Xochitl is incredibly excited to be a part of this team and working toward improving patient care and outcomes through research.  

 

Research Data Analyst

Nicole Segovia, MPH - Biostatistician

Nicole is a biostatistician with Stanford University’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and a Bay Area local. She graduated from Cal Poly SLO with a BS in Statistics and from Imperial College London with a Master’s in Public Health. From designing a study to analyzing the data and writing the manuscript, please reach out to her for help!

Former Team Members

Katie Hastings, MPH

Katie was the prior Research Program Manager for the pediatric orthopedic surgery division. She provided general research support to faculty, staff, and students. She managed all regulatory matters, data acquisition, general study coordination, and facilitated sound study development. She has a background in public health, and aims to expand the program’s involvement in public health topics and community-based participatory research.

Katie is currently pursing a PhD in Population and Health Sciences at UBC-Vancouver while collaborating with our department on ongoing research projects.