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  • Mehrdad Ayati

    Mehrdad Ayati

    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

  • Farzad Azimpour

    Farzad Azimpour

    Adjunct Professor, Medicine

    Bio Farzad is a cardiologist and design strategist running the Advanced Innovation Incubator in the Advanced Technology unit at Edwards Lifesciences.

    Leading with a patient-centered and needs-driven approach, his team is responsible for specifying unmet clinical needs in structural heart disease, generating new concepts to solve those needs, and experimenting with early-stage prototyping and feasibility testing in order to translate concepts to clinical and commercial pathways ahead.

    Academically, Farzad serves as Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine where he teaches creative design strategy for health and medical technologies at the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign. He also serves as Fellowship Director to the Edwards Lifesciences Innovation Fellowship Program for cardiovascular physicians and surgeons.

    Prior to his current roles, Farzad served as Chief Medical Officer at Myia Labs (an ACC-backed digital health start-up) and Director of Health at IDEO. He completed his training in medicine and cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic and the University of Minnesota?s Lillehei Heart Institute respectively. He served as Chief Cardiology Fellow and NIH T32 research fellow designing and testing new technologies for augmented vascular access and cardio-embolic stroke protection, and completed his post-doctoral education as the St. Jude Medical and Dean?s Innovation Fellow at Stanford Biodesign.

    Farzad holds a bachelor?s degree in biological sciences from the University of Texas at Austin, an MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch, and a post-doctoral designation in Biodesign from Stanford University School of Medicine.

    He is the recipient of Phi Beta Kappa distinction and the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award.

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