Clinical Focus

  • Internal Medicine

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Associate Program Director, Stanford Internal Medicine Residency (2017 - Present)
  • Co-Medical Director, Pacific Free Clinic, Cardinal Free Clinics (2015 - Present)

Honors & Awards

  • Charles Dorsey Armstrong Award, Clinical Excellence in Caring for Patients by a Senior Resident, Stanford Internal Medicine Residency (June, 2014)
  • Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, Outstanding Resident Role Model, Stanford Medical School (June, 2014)

Professional Education

  • BA, Harvard University, Chemistry (2003)
  • Residency:Stanford University Dept of Medicine (2014) CA
  • Board Certification: Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (2014)
  • Medical Education:Stanford University (2011) CA


All Publications

  • Immersion medicine programme for secondary students. The clinical teacher Minhas, P. S., Kim, N., Myers, J., Caceres, W., Martin, M., Singh, B. 2017


    Although the proportion of ethnicities representing under-represented minorities in medicine (URM) in the general population has significantly increased, URM enrolment in medical schools within the USA has remained stagnant in recent years.This study sought to examine the effect of an immersion in community medicine (ICM) programme on secondary school students' desire to enter the field of medicine and serve their communities. The authors asked all 69 ICM alumni to complete a 14-question survey consisting of six demographic, four programme and four career questions, rated on a Likert scale of 1 (completely disagree) to 5 (completely agree), coupled with optional free-text questions. Data were analysed using GraphPad prism and nvivo software.A total of 61 students responded, representing a response rate of 88.4 per cent, with a majority of respondents (73.7%) from URM backgrounds. An overwhelming majority of students agreed (with a Likert rating of 4 or 5) that the ICM programme increased their interest in becoming a physician (n = 56, 91.8%). Students reported shadowing patient-student-physician interactions to be the most useful (n = 60, 98.4%), and indicated that they felt that they would be more likely to lead to serving the local community as part of their future careers (n = 52, 85.3%). Of the students that were eligible to apply to medical school (n = 13), a majority (n = 11, 84.6%) have applied to medical school. URM enrolment in medical schools within the USA has remained stagnant in recent years DISCUSSION: Use of a community medicine immersion programme may help encourage secondary students from URM backgrounds to gain the confidence to pursue a career in medicine and serve their communities. Further examination of these programmes may yield novel insights into recruiting URM students to medicine.

    View details for PubMedID 28805356

  • Hand hygiene of medical students and resident physicians: predictors of attitudes and behaviour. Postgraduate medical journal Barroso, V., Caceres, W., Loftus, P., Evans, K. H., Shieh, L. 2016; 92 (1091): 497-500


    We measured medical students' and resident trainees' hand hygiene behaviour, knowledge and attitudes in order to identify important predictors of hand hygiene behaviour in this population.An anonymous, web-based questionnaire was distributed to medical students and residents at Stanford University School of Medicine in August of 2012. The questionnaire included questions regarding participants' behaviour, knowledge, attitude and experiences about hand hygiene. Behaviour, knowledge and attitude indices were scaled from 0 to 1, with 1 representing superior responses. Using multivariate regression, we identified positive and negative predictors of superior hand hygiene behaviour. We investigated effectiveness of interventions, barriers and comfort reminding others.280 participants (111 students and 169 residents) completed the questionnaire (response rate 27.8%). Residents and medical students reported hand hygiene behaviour compliance of 0.45 and 0.55, respectively (p=0.02). Resident and medical student knowledge was 0.80 and 0.73, respectively (p=0.001). The attitude index for residents was 0.56 and 0.55 for medical students. Regression analysis identified experiences as predictors of hand hygiene behaviour (both positive and negative influence). Knowledge was not a significant predictor of behaviour, but a working gel dispenser and observing attending physicians with good hand hygiene practices were reported by both groups as the most effective strategy in influencing trainees.Medical students and residents have similar attitudes about hand hygiene, but differ in their level of knowledge and compliance. Concerns about hierarchy may have a significant negative impact on hand hygiene advocacy.

    View details for DOI 10.1136/postgradmedj-2015-133509

    View details for PubMedID 26912501

  • Mortality risk among recent-onset injection drug users in five US Cities SUBSTANCE USE & MISUSE Vlahov, D., Wang, C., Ompad, D., Fuller, C. M., Caceres, W., Ouellet, L., Kerndt, P., Jarlais, D. C., Garfein, R. S. 2008; 43 (3-4): 413-428


    To quantify the risk of death among recent-onset (< 5 years) injection drug users, we enrolled 2089 injection drug users (IDUs) age

    View details for DOI 10.1080/10826080701203013

    View details for Web of Science ID 000254350200012

    View details for PubMedID 18365941

  • Multilevel community-based intervention to increase access to sterile syringes among injection drug users through pharmacy sales in New York City AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH Fuller, C. M., Galea, S., Caceres, W., Blaney, S., Sisco, S., Vlahov, D. 2007; 97 (1): 117-124


    Research has indicated that there is minimal use of pharmacies among injection drug users (IDUs) in specific neighborhoods and among Black and Hispanic IDUs. We developed a community-based participatory research partnership to determine whether a multilevel intervention would increase sterile syringe access through a new policy allowing nonprescription syringe sales in pharmacies.We targeted Harlem, NY (using the South Bronx for comparison), and disseminated informational material at community forums, pharmacist training programs, and counseling or outreach programs for IDUs. We compared cross-sectional samples in 3 target populations (pre- and postintervention): community members (attitudes and opinions), pharmacists (opinions and practices), and IDUs (risk behaviors).Among community members (N = 1496) and pharmacists (N = 131), negative opinions of IDU syringe sales decreased in Harlem whereas there was either no change or an increase in negative opinions in the comparison community. Although pharmacy use by IDUs (N=728) increased in both communities, pharmacy use increased significantly among Black IDUs in Harlem, but not in the comparison community; syringe reuse significantly decreased in Harlem, but not in the comparison community.Targeting the individual and the social environment through a multilevel community-based intervention reduced high-risk behavior, particularly among Black IDUs.

    View details for DOI 10.2105/AJPH.2005.069591

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    View details for PubMedID 17138929

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