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Ryan Christopher Padrez
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - General Pediatrics
Bio Ryan is a pediatrician and Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University's Division of General Pediatrics. His primary clinical practice is at Gardner Packard Children's Health Center. In addition to his work at Stanford, Ryan also serves as the Medical Director for The Primary School, a new integrated health and education model that serves low income children and families in East Palo Alto, CA. His work and leadership focuses on the intersection and reform of primary pediatric care and childhood education. He works to integrate systems and promote models that ensure high quality care is accessible to all children.
Ryan graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Human Biology and earned his MD at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He completed his pediatric residency at UCSF and participated in UCSF's Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) program. He went on to complete a chief resident year at The San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.
Clinical Professor, Pediatrics - Critical Care
Current Research and Scholarly Interests In my administrative role, I oversee the development and maintenance of clinical decision support tools within the electronic medical record. These clinical decision support tools are designed to enhance patient safety, efficiency, and quality of care. My research focuses on rigorously evaluating--1) how these tools affect clinician knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors; and 2) how these tools affect clinical outcomes and efficiency of health care delivery.
Jonathan P. Palma
Clinical Professor, Pediatrics - Neonatal and Developmental Medicine
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Interventional informatics to achieve examples of a learning healthcare system; optimization of commercial EMRs to support complex clinical workflows in newborn intensive care; clinical decision support; real-time clinical dashboards; electronic sign-out tools; IT-supported patient/family communication.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Bio Dr. Pantaleoni is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine. She devotes her clinical time as a General Pediatric Hospitalist to the care of hospitaized children and their families at both Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and El Camino Hospital, in the Packard El Camino unit (PEC). She is also an Educator 4 CARE (E4C) at Stanford University School of Medicine and greatly enjoys fostering clinical skill development and professional identity formation with the Stanford medical students. Her scholarly interests surround undergraduate medical education, humanism in medicine and physician wellness.
Adjunct Professor, Pediatrics - Stem Cell Transplantation
Bio My principal research interests have been the assessment of the immunological consequences of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation including both acute and chronic graft versus host disease and immune reconstitution and the use of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation to treat genetic diseases. My laboratory was the first to suggest that chronic graft versus host disease was an autoimmune disease directed at histocompatibility antigens shared by donors and recipients. The observation leaded to the assessment of the role of thymic dysfunction in the pathogenesis of chronic graft versus host disease. As a pediatric immunologist I have investigated the role of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation initially in the treatment of primary immune deficiency diseases and later the treatment of metabolic diseases, which lead to my involvement in the early gene transfer clinical trials.
Clinical Associate Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Current Research and Scholarly Interests My research interests involve the epidemiology, treatment and diagnosis of pediatric and young adult brain tumors. I am also interested in long-term neurologic effects and designing clinical trials to treat brain and spinal cord tumors.
Anca M. Pasca, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital
Current Research and Scholarly Interests The research focus of the lab is to understand molecular mechanisms underlying neurodevelopmental disorders associated with premature birth, neonatal and fetal brain injury with the long-term goal of translating the lab’s findings into therapeutics. The research team employs a multidisciplinary approach involving genetics, molecular and developmental neurobiology, animal models and neural cells differentiated from patient-derived induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. In particular, the lab is using a powerful 3D human brain-region specific organoid system developed at Stanford (Nature Methods, 2015; Nature Protocols, 2018) to ask questions about brain injury during development.
Clinical Instructor, Pediatrics
Bio Alok Patel is a pediatric hospitalist, medical journalist, on-camera expert, producer, and devotee of creative, engaging science communication tactics. He is currently working as a special correspondent for ABC7 News Bay Area, medical analyst for WGN-Chicago, and is a regular contributor to other digital and television news outlets. Additionally, he is the co-host of PBS/Nova's "Parentalogic", a parenting-meets-pediatrics, digital, comedy education program, and the host of Nova's science podcast, Nova Now.
Patel worked as a medical producer for CNN, producing two seasons of the medical mystery show, "Something's Killing Me." He also worked on digital health shows for ABC News, New York, and NBC News. He also hosts a popular web series for Medscape, the "Hospitalist Retort", which is a critical review of topics directly affecting hospitalist medicine.
Alongside several other physicians, Patel helped create and now sits on the board of directors for the Association for Healthcare in Social Media, the first 501c-3 dedicated to medical communication on social media platforms. He was also on the founding team of Medumo, a healthcare start-up which automated patient education for treatments and procedures. Medumo was acquired by Philips USA in 2019.
Patel is involved in several advocacy efforts, most notably related to sex-trafficking intervention, mental health education, and addressing science misinformation.
Anisha I Patel
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics) at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Patel's research interests focus on reducing socioeconomic disparities in chronic diseases, including childhood obesity. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Patel has led numerous studies to encourage healthy beverage intake among children and adolescents. These studies include analyses of large national data sets, conduct of randomized controlled trials in schools, child care, and community settings to examine how interventions to increase children’s intake of water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages impact child health, and the evaluation of policy efforts to improve the healthfulness of beverages offered in schools and community settings.
Dr. Patel has a diverse funding portfolio ranging from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research Program, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Patel has presented her research to local, national and international audiences. She has also been recognized for her research with awards from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Public Health.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Bio Lisa Patel received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. After college, she worked in Egypt, Brazil, and India on international development projects with community-based organizations and non-profits, focusing on conservation and development efforts. She then obtained her Master's in Environmental Sciences from the Yale School of Forestry and went on to be a Presidential Management Fellow for the Environmental Protection Agency, coordinating the US Government's efforts on clean air and safe drinking water projects in South Asia in collaboration with the World Health Organization. Realizing the critical and inextricable links between children's health and environmental issues, she obtained her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and completed her residency in pediatrics at UCSF. For the last several years, she has used her extensive experience working for government, community organizations, and non-profits to advocate for children's health priorities in the US. She is previously the co-chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics Advocacy Committee, California Chapter 1 (AAP-CA1) and in her time helped launch the inaugural Advocating for Children Together conference for Northern California that is now a yearly occurrence. She co-founded the Climate and Health task force for AAP-CA1, and is the Advocacy and Policy Lead for the Sean Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research. She is also the rotation director for the pediatric resident's Community Pediatrics and Child Advocacy Rotation.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - Cardiology
Current Research and Scholarly Interests My current academic focus is in chronic heart failure and ventricular assist device.
Lecturer, Pediatrics - Center for Biomedical Ethics
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Hunger in Europe during World War I and its aftermath.
Instructor, Pediatrics - Neonatal and Developmental Medicine
Current Research and Scholarly Interests I am interested in the neonatal immune system, particularly the immune system of premature infants, and how it impacts the short and longterm health of this vulnerable population.