Research Staff

Research Management

Katie Hastings, MPH - Research Program Manager

Katie oversees the research operations for the pediatric orthopedic surgery division. She provides general research support to faculty, staff, and students. She manages all regulatory matters, data acquisition, general study coordination, and facilitates 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.

For any questions regarding our program, please contact Katie at

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

Brian Vuong, BS - Clinical Research Coordinator

Brian is originally from San Diego, CA. He graduated from Brown University May 2019 with an Sc.B. (Honors) in Biomedical Engineering. Brian has previously conducted research on novel preservation systems for cartilage allografts in the Department of Orthopaedics at Brown University as well as synthetic biology research at NASA Ames Research Center. His research interests include biomechanics, devices and implants, and tissue engineering. Brian is the research coordinator for Dr. Kevin Shea, and is involved in several other projects in our division including spearheading the efforts of the hip dysplasia reserch with Dr. Stephanie Pun, assisting with biomechanics projects with medical students, and much more.

Shayna Mehta, BA - Clinical Research Coordinator

Shayna graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in biology in 2019. In her Junior and Senior year, she served as an undergraduate research assistant under Dr. Brett Owens at the Sports Injury Laboratory in Providence, Rhode Island where she co-authored two papers. Shayna also played on the Brown women’s basketball team for four years where she was team captain, and finished as the second all-time leading scorer in Brown's women’s basketball history. Originally from San Francisco, she is excited to be back in the Bay Area and working in Orthopedics to support our team! 

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.

Joanna Langner, MS - Clinical Research Coordinator

Joanna Langner earned her bachelor's degree in Human Biology and her master's degree in Community Health and Prevention Research, both at Stanford University. Her previous research focused on the impact of treading water on the hips of elite athletes, as well as prescribing practices for urinary tract infections. She will be working with Dr. Vorhies and the spine research team, and we are excited to have her on board!

Danika Baskar, BA - Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Danika graduated from Case Western Reserve University in May 2016 and earned her B.A. in International Studies with a concentration in global health. She is a medical student from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School who will be working primarily with Dr. Frick while exploring her interest in pursuing pediatric orthopaedic surgery. Danika previously worked at the Cleveland Clinic as a Research Assistant in the Pediatrics Division supporting various clinical studies aimed at improving pediatric health outcomes. During undergrad, she also worked in the Department of Cancer Biology at the Lerner Research Institute investigating the (OAS)-RNase L innate immune pathway. 

Matthew Rohde, BS - Clinical Research Coordinator

Matt originally hails from the Chicagoland Area and graduated from Northwestern University in 2019 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. He previously worked in the biomedical engineering and consulting space, where he designed endoscopic staplers at Johnson & Johnson Ethicon and otolaryngology devices at Feinberg School of Medicine. Matt is the research coordinator for Dr. Kevin Shea, and he is excited to live in the Bay Area to pursue his interest in orthopedic research.


Research Data Analyst

Nicole Segovia, BS - Research Data Analyst

Nicole is a research data analyst with Stanford University’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. She graduated from Cal Poly SLO with a bachelor’s degree in Statistics and has previously served as a statistical consultant for Cal Poly’s School of Education and as a research assistant for Stanford’s Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS).