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Rania Awaad, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Current Research and Scholarly Interests As the Director of the Muslims and Mental Health Lab, Dr. Awaad is dedicated to creating an academic home for the study of mental health as it relates to the Islamic faith and Muslim populations. The lab aims to provide the intellectual resources to clinicians, researchers, trainees, educators, community and religious leaders working with or studying Muslims.
David M. Axelrod, MD
Clinical Professor, Pediatrics - Cardiology
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Virtual Reality Congenital Heart Disease experience: The Stanford Virtual Heart. Currently engaged with 19 academic medical centers across the globe using our Stanford Virtual Heart to educate students and trainees, and research our VR experience as a means for training and education. Also developing next generation modeling and image interaction with Stanford engineers and educators, to promote personalized surgical training in VR and advanced educational programs in congenital heart disease.
Professor of Pathology
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Genetic and cell biological analyses of signals controlling cell polarity and morphogenesis. Frizzled signaling and cytoskeletal organization.
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health
Bio Dr. Ayati completed his residency at UC Davis and his fellowship at Stanford University. During his residency at UC Davis, Dr. Ayati received the Award of Excellence in Clinical Teaching. Dr. Ayati worked at hospitals such as Lodi Memorial Hospital in Lodi, California, and as an Emergency Medicine Attending at Veteran Affairs in Palo Alto, California. Dr. Ayati worked as a Stanford Medical Director at Los Altos and Palo Alto Subacute and Rehabilitation centers and he is currently serving as a medical advisor for many Skilled Nursing facilities and also memory care units and assisted living facilities in Northen California. Dr. Ayati has a broad spectrum of practice and knowledge of general medicine and primary care in various settings, from office to Emergency room and acute and Sub-acute care. Dr. Ayati?s main areas of research and clinical focus are in the physiology of aging and on finding practical and yet innovative ways of addressing the wellbeing and needs of the population in any age category. Dr. Ayati is an advocate of his patient?s physical and mental health at any age in addition to disease management and prevention. Dr. Ayati is currently a member of the Ethnogeriatric and Quality and Policy Performance Committees of the Americal Geraitric Society. He also serves as a Community Health Advisor for Alzheimer Association, Northen California and Nevada Chapter. Dr. Ayati is the author of ?Paths to Healthy Aging?. Dr. Ayati is also a guest educational speaker on several radio stations such as National Public Radio (NPR) and San Francisco?s KQED and international and national conferences. He also testified in the Senate of the US, Special Committee of Aging in 2018 to address the challenges of aging populations in the US.
Dr. Ayati strives to provide reliable information, effective strategies, and simple guidelines for patients of all ages to avoid or manage chronic diseases and to have a significantly better quality of life.
Dr. Ayati?s main focus and passion are in:
Raising awareness about Over Medication and Drug Cascade issues in the elderly population as well as highlighting prevention strategies
Helping patients better understand and voice their end of life care choices and medical intervention wishes
Bringing into focus the numerous social, economical, political and health challenges and hardship the elderly face in our society as well as finding solutions to address their needs
Being the voice of the elderly in finding innovative and yet practical solutions to promote their physical and mental health and well being
Clinical Instructor, Neurosurgery
Bio Dr. Ayer completed his undergraduate education at Queen?s University with a degree in life sciences and an honors thesis in immunology. He then completed his medical training at Wake Forest University and his neurosurgical training at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where during residency he also obtained a Master of Business Administration from Kellogg School of Management.
As a clinical instructor at Stanford, Dr. Ayer will be focused on the surgical treatments of movement disorders, epilepsy and pain. Dr. Ayer has clinical interests in surgical treatment for epilepsy, movement disorders, skull base approaches, hydrocephalus and spine surgery. His research has focused on bioelectronic tools for the treatment of neurosurgical pathology and is interested in developing novel brain computer interfaces and biosensors for the restoration of sensorimotor function.
In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, hockey, hiking, and traveling.?