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Associate Professor of Neurology
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Elucidate biological functions of cytoskeletal associated proteins in neurons. Define the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration in null mice.
Jared and Mae Tinklenberg Professor and Professor, by courtesy, of Neurology
Current Research and Scholarly Interests We study cognitive processes and aging in our research center. Studies range from molecular biology to neuropsychology of cognitive processes.
Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated) [Shc], Neurology
Bio Maya Yutsis, Ph.D., ABPP-CN is a Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated) in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She is a neuropsychologist at the Stanford Alzheimer's Disease and Research Center (ADRC), Stanford Concussion and Sports Medicine Clinic, and Neuropsychology Service. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology at the Palo AltoUniversity in 2009, completed an APA approved clinical internship in neuropsychology at the Minneapolis VA Medical center and a two-year post doctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN in 2011. She received her board certification in Clinical Neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. Prior to coming to Stanford, she worked as a lead neuropsychologist at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program and Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) Telehealth Neuropsychology clinic and served as a director/preceptor of an APA-approved post-doctoral fellowship Neuropsychology Emphasis Area training program. She is currently a Newsletter Editor of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology, APA Division 40. Her research interests focus on computerized assessment and interventions for persons with acquired brain injury, sport-related concussion, and mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
PUBLICATIONS (Selected from 15)
Yam, A, Rickards, T, Pawlowski, C, Yutsis, M. (in Press). Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Approach for Functional Neurological Symptom (Conversion) Disorder: A Case Study. Rehabilitation Psychology
Duchnick, J, Ropacki, S.A., Yutsis, M.V., Petska, K., & Pawlowski, C.A., (2015). Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Programs: Comprehensive, holistic rehabilitation for community integration after brain injury. Psychological Services, 5.
Yochim, B, Beaudreau, S, Fairchild, JK, Yutsis, M, Raymond, N, Friedman, L, Yesavage, J. (2015). A Verbal Naming Test for use with older adults: Development and initial validation. Journal of International Neuropsychological Society, 21, 239-248.
Bergquist, T, Yutsis, M, Sullan, M. (2014). Satisfaction with cognitive rehabilitation delivered via the Internet in persons with acquired brain injury. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 6(2), 39-50.
Giese-Davis, J., Tamagawa, R., Yutsis, M., Twirbutt, S., Piemme, K., Neri, E., Taylor, C. B., Spiegel, D. (2012) Which symptoms matter? Self-report and observer discrepancies in repressors and high-anxious women with metastatic breast cancer. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Published online October 20, 2012.
Yutsis, M., Bergquist, T., Micklewright, J. Smigielski, J., Brown, A. (2012) Pre-treatment compensation use is a better correlate of activity limitations than cognitive impairment in persons with acquired brain injury. Brain Injury, 26(11),1297-1306.
Bergquist, T., Micklewright, J., Yutsis, M., Smigielski, J., Gehl, C., Brown, A. (2012) Achievement of client-centered goals by persons with acquired brain injury in comprehensive day treatment is associated with greater vocational and residential independence at discharge and 1 year follow-up. Brain Injury,26(11), 1307-1314
Forducey, PG, Glueckauf, RL, Bergquist, R, Maheu, MM, Yutsis, M (2012). Telehealth for persons with severe functional disabilities and their caregivers: Facilitating self-care management in a home setting. Psychological Services, 9(2), 144-162.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Neurology and Neurological Sciences
Bio Kristy did her undergraduate work at Bates College in Lewiston, ME where she received a BA in Biology in 2012. She then moved to Athens, GA where she obtained a PhD in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences from the University of Georgia in 2017. Her research investigated the role of the transcription factor HIF-1a in thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency-induced neurological damage. She joined the Buckwalter lab in late 2017 to continue researching mechanisms of neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation. She is interested in investigating the role of astrocytes in neuroinflammation following stroke. Ultimately, understanding how astrocytes mediate neuroinflammation in the context of disease and neurological injury may identify therapeutic targets to protect the brain following injury.
Fanglin Zhang, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Bio Dr. Zhang is a board-certified neurologist, in both neurology and clinical neurophysiology. She serves as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Dr. Zhang excels at the diagnosis and treatment of complicated neurological diseases and her clinical interests are broad, including intractable epilepsy and stroke urgent care.
With each patient, Dr. Zhang forms a strong alliance focused on overcoming neurological disease and improving quality of life. She practices a patient-centered and evidence-based medicine.
Dr. Zhang and her colleagues led the Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare Neurology & Neurological Sciences Department response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Efforts focused on the safety of patients and staff and minimizing disruptions to urgent and essential clinical services, such as stroke care.
Her COVID-19 response efforts also focused on fulfilling Stanford Health Care’s commitment to professional education and training. She enjoys training future neurologists. She has worked to ensure that Stanford Health Care medical students and residents to maintain momentum on their journey to becoming the neurology specialists of tomorrow.
In addition to delivering clinical care for a wide range of neurological conditions, Dr. Zhang enjoys conducting cutting-edge clinical research. Her work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, such as Neurological Sciences, Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, Neuroimage, Glia, Immunology, the Journal of Psychiatric Practice, Journal of Neuroimmunology, etc. Her current research interest includes clinical trials and a large cohort study of the impact of seizures on stroke outcomes.
Among her many honors, Dr. Zhang has won a grant award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Dr. Zhang shows a great enthusiasm in public welfare. She has earned recognition for volunteering her time and expertise at family health centers, hospitals, and schools.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Bio Dr. Niushen Zhang specializes in the treatment of headache and facial pain. Dr. Zhang has a special interest in complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of headaches and facial pain. She is the Director of the Headache Fellowship Program at Stanford.