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Ronald L. Dalman MD
Walter Clifford Chidester and Elsa Rooney Chidester Professor of Surgery
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Vascular biology, arterial remodeling, aneurysm development; innovative treatment strategies for AAA, animal models of arterial disease, arterial remodeling and flow changes in spinal cord injury, genetic regulation of arterial aneurysm formation
Ruth G. and William K. Bowes Professor in the School of Engineering and Professor, by courtesy, of Mechanical Engineering and of Surgery
Bio Dauskardt and his group have worked extensively on integrating new materials into emerging technologies including thin-film structures for nanoscience and energy technologies, high-performance composite and laminates for aerospace, and on biomaterials and soft tissues in bioengineering. His group has pioneered methods for characterizing adhesion and cohesion of thin films used extensively in device technologies. His research on wound healing has concentrated on establishing a biomechanics framework to quantify the mechanical stresses and biologic responses in healing wounds and define how the mechanical environment affects scar formation. Experimental studies are complimented with a range of multiscale computational capabilities. His research includes interaction with researchers nationally and internationally in academia, industry, and clinical practice.
Clinical Associate Professor, Surgery - Vascular Surgery
Bio Dr. Tina Desai earned her MD (1991) from the Brown University Medical Education Program in Providence, Rhode Island. She then completed a surgical residency in General Surgery at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics, including a 2-yr research fellowship. She completed her Vascular Surgery Fellowship training at the University of Chicago Hospitals (1999).
Dr. Desai has additionally completed a year-long fellowship in Medical Ethics at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago (2008).
Dr. Desai has previously served on the surgical faculty at the University of Chicago as Assistant Professor of Surgery and Director of Endovascular Services until 2010, and as Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago after joining NorthShore University HealthSystem in the Division of Vascular Surgery until 2015.
In July 2015, Dr. Desai joined the faculty of Stanford University Division of Vascular Surgery and maintains a primary practice at Marin General Hospital.
Dr. Desai has a special interest in endovascular and surgical treatment of abdominal and thoracic aortic pathology, carotid artery occlusive disease, and peripheral vascular disease. She also has an interest in visceral ischemic syndromes and thoracic outlet syndrome. Dr. Desai’s research interests include mesenteric ischemia, vena cava filters in deep vein thrombosis, medical ethics, and the development of structured clinical documentation systems. She maintains a strong interest in resident and fellow education.
Frederick M. Dirbas
Associate Professor of Surgery (General Surgery) at the Stanford University Medical Center
Current Research and Scholarly Interests My research interests are focused on minimizing the impact of breast cancer from a diagnostic and therapuetic standpoint. Breast MRI is a powerful tool to facilitate the screening for and staging of breast cancer, and can be valuable adjunct to guide breast surgery. Oncoplastic surgical techniques optimize cosmesis after breast cancer surgery. Accelerated radiotherapy after lumpectomy decreases radiotherapy treatment times from 6 weeks to just 1 to 5 days.
Postdoctoral Research fellow, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Current Research and Scholarly Interests I received my PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2013.July at the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB), National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), under the supervision of Dr Wenxin Wang (NFB), Dr Yolanda Garcia (NUIG) and Prof Abhay Pandit (NFB). My PhD thesis was based on injectable hydrogel system development and stem cell therapy for wound healing. I also worked on multidisciplinary projects involved in non-viral polymeric gene transfection vectors; minicircle DNA vectors development and application; and PEG-based polymeric hollow nanospheres for drug delivery.
After my PhD study, my research focuses on developing and optimizing the injectable hydrogel for stem cell delivery, interested on manipulating the 3D hydrogel microenvironment affecting the stem cell fate and behaviours. More recently, I started my exchange postdoctoral fellowship between Stanford University Medical School (United States) and University College Dublin (Ireland), funded by the Irish Research Council (IRC), to develop a stem cell skin substitute for the treatment of the diabetic foot ulcers.
- Functional polymers for tissue engineering and 3D printing
- Natural biomaterials (e.g. collagen, hyaluronic acid, fibrinogen) for tissue engineering
- Thermo-responsive polymers and injectable hydrogels
- Hyperbranched and dendritic polymer for non-virus gene delivery
- Minicircle DNA vector construction for gene therapy
- Stem cell therapy for wound healing
Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery - General Surgery
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Technical aspects of minimally invasive pancreatic and liver surgery
Minimally invasive strategies for the management of pancreatic necrosis
Management of severe acute pancreatitis – academic vs community treatment
Multidisciplinary treatment of HCC; institutional barriers to appropriate referral/ care
Endocrine/exocrine insufficiency after pancreatectomy; volumetric assessment
Natural history and management of pancreatic cysts