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  • Vafi Salmasi

    Vafi Salmasi

    Clinical Instructor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

    Bio Vafi Salmasi, MD, is a specialist in pain medicine with clinical foci in neuromodulation, neuropathic pain; complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS); radiculopathy; spinal stenosis; and postherpetic neuralgia. He received his medical degree from Tehran University, Iran, and completed his residency in anesthesiology at Cleveland Clinic. He then completed his fellowship in pain medicine at Stanford University. He is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Salmasi is currently a Clinical Instructor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at Stanford University.

  • Kristen H. Scherrer

    Kristen H. Scherrer

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

    Bio Kristen H. Scherrer is a postdoctoral fellow in the Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab (SNAPL) under the mentorship of Dr. Sean Mackey. She completed her PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of Mississippi in Dr. Kenneth Sufka?s laboratory, where her research focused on developing and utilizing translational models to examine neuropsychiatric disorders.

    During her postdoctoral training at the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies and the University of Florida in Dr. Jay McLaughlin?s laboratory, she broadened her research interests to include pain and substance abuse.

    Currently, her primary research interest is using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to examine pain mechanisms, including the specific brain regions that contribute to the affective component of pain, and to develop innovative approaches to treat chronic pain patients. In addition, Kristen is an affiliate of the Brain Stimulation Lab (BSL) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences under the mentorship of Dr. Nolan Williams.

  • Pritam Sinha Roy

    Pritam Sinha Roy

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

    Bio Upon completion of my undergraduate engineering studies in Biotechnology, I started working for a multi-national (MNC) stem cell research company and found myself at a scientific crossroad. I realized that I wanted to greatly expand my scientific knowledge and expertise but could not do so in my present position. So, I decided to apply at Kent State University for my doctoral studies and joined Dr. Derek Damron?s laboratory, an expert in the field of cardiovascular physiology. Dr. Damron had given me the freedom throughout my doctoral education to independently establish my own intellectual pursuits. The overall aim of my dissertation study was to determine how reactive oxygen species (ROS; produced during cellular oxidative stress; e.g. diabetes) and various anesthetic agents modulate transient receptor potential (TRP)-ion channels and regulate cardiovascular physiology including coronary blood flow, heart rate, mean arterial pressure, cardiac contractility and vascular endothelial function. To do this, I incorporated various ?state of the art? electrophysiology and cellular/molecular biology techniques including real-time calcium-imaging, pressure myography, patch clamp analysis, molecular cloning and transfection, single-photon microscopy and an array of biochemical assays relevant to study the effects of ROS in cardiovascular diseases.

    I joined the Stanford department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Pain and Medicine as a postdoctoral research scholar at end of 2016. My present research interest is to incorporate a more translational approach to study how tobacco associated products influences overall cardiovascular health and more specifically, myocardial infarction (heart attack)-induced cardiac injury. I am targeting reactive aldehyde metabolism as a pre-emptive treatment strategy and diagnostic biomarker for smoking-induced cardiac damage. For this study, I received postdoctoral fellowship award from Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program in 2018 (100% effort).

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