Bio

Clinical Focus


  • Preventive Cardiology
  • Internal Medicine

Academic Appointments


Administrative Appointments


  • Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco (1998 - 2010)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford (2010 - Present)

Honors & Awards


  • Fellow, AHA 34th Seminar on the Epidemiology and Prevention of CVD (2008)

Professional Education


  • Residency:University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Registrar (1998) TX
  • Internship:University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Registrar (1996) TX
  • Fellowship:Stanford University (2010) CA
  • Board Certification: Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (1998)
  • Medical Education:University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (1995) TX
  • MPH, UC Berkeley (2003)
  • Residency, UT Southwestern, Dallas, Internal Medicine (1998)

Research & Scholarship

Clinical Trials


  • Cardiovascular Health in Postpartum Women Diagnosed With Excessive Gestational Weight Gain Not Recruiting

    The investigators will test the efficacy of a tailored behavioral lifestyle modification program to support cardiovascular health in postpartum women with excessive gestational weight gain. This program will include a mobile health texting component postpartum to support changes in nutrition and physical activity. The investigators will randomize women into either the control arm (usual care) or the intervention (usual care + mobile health program postpartum). The women will be recruited during their 3rd trimester once they have been identified as gaining too much weight according to the 2009 IOM guidelines during pregnancy.

    Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial.

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Publications

All Publications


  • Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy. Current atherosclerosis reports Naderi, S., Tsai, S. A., Khandelwal, A. 2017; 19 (3): 15-?

    Abstract

    Although pregnancy-related deaths are rare in the USA, they are on the rise and have more than doubled in the last 20 years. A substantial portion of these deaths are related to cardiovascular disease, specifically hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP). In this review, we will discuss the definitions and proposed pathophysiology of HDP as well as its potential role in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.Placental hypoperfusion may lead to an imbalance in proangiogenic and antiangiogenic factors, notably an increase in soluble fms-like tyrosine kinsase-1 (sFlt-1), thereby leading to endothelial dysfunction. Progress has been made in terms of determining the factors which lead to preeclampsia. Potential novel biomarkers for predicting preeclampsia risk have been identified through this research. Preeclampsia not only has important implications for the health during pregnancy but also for future cardiovascular risk. However, the exact mechanism by which it increases cardiovascular risk and the degree of risk it portends are yet to be elucidated.

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s11883-017-0648-z

    View details for PubMedID 28229431

  • Association of the cardiometabolic staging system with individual engagement and quality of life in the US adult population. Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.) Tsai, S. A., Xiao, L., Lv, N., Liu, Y., Ma, J. 2017

    Abstract

    The aim of this study was to examine the relationships of Cardiometabolic Disease Staging (CMDS), a validated five-stage system for assessing risk for diabetes, cardiovascular mortality, and all-cause mortality, with measures of individual engagement and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in the US adult population.Data from the 2011-2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey were used to derive the CMDS stages, five participant engagement measures, and four HRQOL measures among adult participants???40 years of age. Analyses accounted for the complex sampling design and sample weights.Higher CMDS was associated with greater participant awareness of cardiometabolic risk, but after adjusting for covariates, only Stage 4 remained significant (odds ratio: 5.08; 95% CI: 3.25, 7.94). Higher CMDS was associated with receiving recommendations to engage in a healthy lifestyle, not meeting 2008 physical activity guidelines, and fewer leisure time moderate activities after controlling for covariates. For HRQOL measures, Stage 4 was associated with a higher likelihood of perceiving health as fair or poor (odds ratio: 4.85; 95% CI: 2.42, 9.73).Higher CMDS was associated with greater individual awareness of risk, less leisure time physical activity, and worse self-rated health. CMDS is a clinically practical method for identifying individuals for targeted preventive strategies.

    View details for DOI 10.1002/oby.21907

    View details for PubMedID 28712159

  • Gender Differences in Weight-Related Attitudes and Behaviors Among Overweight and Obese Adults in the United States. American journal of men's health Tsai, S. A., Lv, N., Xiao, L., Ma, J. 2016; 10 (5): 389-398

    Abstract

    Few studies have used nationally representative data to focus specifically on gender differences in weight-related outcomes. This article examines gender differences in weight-related outcomes across the body mass index (BMI) spectrum in overweight and obese adults. Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2009-2010 was analyzed. Weight-related outcomes were accurate weight perception, weight dissatisfaction, attempted weight loss, successful weight loss, and weight loss strategies. Compared with women, overweight and obese men were less likely to have accurate weight perception (odds ratio [OR] = 0.36; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.30-0.44), weight dissatisfaction (OR = 0.39; 95% CI = 0.32-0.47), and attempted weight loss (OR = 0.55; 95% CI = 0.48-0.63). The modifying effect of gender on these associations decreased as BMI increased. By BMI 35, the mean probability of women and men to have accurate weight perception and weight dissatisfaction was 90%; attempted weight loss was 60% (women) and 50% (men). At lower BMIs, men had up to 40% less probability than women for these weight loss outcomes. Men who attempted weight loss were more likely than women to lose and maintain ?10 lb over 1 year (OR = 1.41; 95% CI = 1.20-1.65) and increase exercise and eat less fat as weight loss strategies; women were more likely to join weight loss programs, take prescription diet pills, and follow special diets. A need exists for male-specific interventions to improve overweight and obese men's likelihood for accurate weight perception, attempted weight loss, and ultimately, successful weight loss.

    View details for DOI 10.1177/1557988314567223

    View details for PubMedID 25595019

  • Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Prevention Practice in Primary Care Tsai, S. A., Ravenell, J., Fernandez, S., Schoenthaler, A., Kenny, K., Ogedegbe, G. edited by Gorin, S. S. Oxford University Press. 2014: 120?149
  • Trends in menopausal hormone therapy use of US office-based physicians, 2000-2009 MENOPAUSE-THE JOURNAL OF THE NORTH AMERICAN MENOPAUSE SOCIETY Tsai, S. A., Stefanick, M. L., Stafford, R. S. 2011; 18 (4): 385-392

    Abstract

    The aim of this study was to evaluate recent trends and the adoption of practice recommendations for menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) use from 2001 to 2009 by formulation, dose, woman's age, and characteristics of physicians reporting MHT visits.The IMS Health (Plymouth Meeting PA) National Disease and Therapeutic Index physician survey data from 2001 to 2009 were analyzed for visits in which MHT use was reported by US office-based physicians. Estimated national volume of visits for which MHT use was reported.MHT use declined each year since 2002. Systemic MHT use fell from 16.3 million (M) visits in 2001 to 6.1 M visits in 2009. Declines were greatest for women 60 years or older (64%) but were also substantial for women younger than 50 years (59%) and women 50 to 59 years old (60%). Women 60 years or older accounted for 37% of MHT use. Lower dose product use increased modestly, from 0.7 M (2001) to 1.3 M (2009), as did vaginal MHT use, from 1.8 M (2001) to 2.4 M (2009). Declines in continuing systemic MHT use (65%) were greater than for newly initiated MHT use (51%). Compared with other physicians, obstetrician/gynecologists changed their practices less, thereby increasing their overall share of total MHT visits from 72% (2001) to 82% (2009).Total MHT use has steadily declined. Increased use of lower dose and vaginal products reflects clinical recommendations. Uptake of these products, however, has been modest, and substantial use of MHT continues in older women.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/gme.0b013e3181f43404

    View details for Web of Science ID 000288781800009

    View details for PubMedID 21127439

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