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  • Kurt M. Hafer, MD

    Kurt M. Hafer, MD

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health

    Bio Dr. Kurt Hafer is a board-certified physician and Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) practicing Primary Care Internal Medicine exclusively at Stanford Concierge Medicine.

    Dr. Hafer grew up in Chapel Hill, NC and attended Pomona College, where he received his undergraduate degree in Psychology. After completing post-baccalaureate pre-medical coursework at the University of Michigan (UM) in Ann Arbor, he worked as a neuro-endocrine peptide researcher at UM.

    In 1999, Dr. Hafer graduated from The University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed a Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) in San Jose in 2002. Between 2002 to 2012 he was a Teaching Attending Physician at SCVMC as well as an adjunct Stanford physician, training medical students and residents in Internal Medicine.

    Dr. Hafer joined Stanford in 2012 as the founding Medical Director of the Stanford Primary Care, Portola Valley Clinic -- Stanford's first new primary care clinic in many years. His five years of leadership at the Portola clinic included incorporating the latest technologies into primary care, adopting active population health panel management, LEAN management practices, embedded specialists and evidence-based, best-care practices as a viable model for the future of Stanford Primary Care.

    In January 2017, Dr. Hafer joined Stanford Concierge Medicine as Medical Director, where he practices alongside Dr. Heather Henri and Dr. Jessica Favreau. In addition to caring for his patients, his duties include directing the clinic and expanding the Center for Personalized Wellness, which has been piloting Primary Care Genetics and Pharmacogenomics screening programs as a testbed for Stanford Primary Care.

    While at Stanford, Dr. Hafer has served as a lecturer for the American College of Physician's Internal Medicine Maintenance of Certification Course held in San Francisco, and has been a Reviewer for the American College of Physicians on multiple projects. He has served on numerous Stanford Healthcare committees and worked with teams on numerous projects, including Stanford's Primary Care 2.0 Redesign, Hypertension Center of Excellence Clinical Integration Team, The Virtual Hypertension Monitoring Project, and Stanford's Primary Care Precision Health program design team. He has directed pilots of TeleHealth phone and video visits, integration of specialty care MDs into our primary care clinics. He led a successful Clinical Effectiveness Leadership Training (CELT) project using clinical pharmacists embedded in primary care clinics to more effectively manage diabetes and high blood pressure between MD visits. He has also served as the Physician Leader for Stanford's Realizing Improvement through Team Empowerment (RITE) Quality Improvement Program.

    He currently serves as a Physician Member on the Global Executive Services (GES) Network Steering Committee, part of the Vizient University Health System Consortium. Dr. Hafer also serves on Stanford's CELT/RITE Quality Improvement Program Advisory Committee.

    When not caring for patients, Dr. Hafer enjoys spending time outdoors with family and friends. He is married to a Stanford University History Professor, has a daughter who graduated from Stanford and is now a medical student at UCLA as well as a son who is studying engineering at Stanford. He is an avid lifelong cyclist (road and MTB, logging over 5k miles annually), hiker, has a passion for tinkering with vintage Datsuns and enjoys wearing vintage watches.

    Dr. Hafer believes that a combination of truly knowing his patients as individuals, excellent patient-physician communication, and comprehensive preventive care allows him to provide exceptional care for his patients.

  • James Hallenbeck, MD

    James Hallenbeck, MD

    Associate Professor of Medicine (Primary Care and Population Health) at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Emeritus

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Research in hospice and palliative care with emphases on physician education, cultural aspects of end-of-life care, and healthcare system issues.

  • Josef Hannah

    Josef Hannah

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health

    Bio Dr. Hannah graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences. He then completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas and a fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine at Stanford University before joining as faculty at Stanford. His clinical practice includes both inpatient palliative care consultation as well as ambulatory care in palliative medicine. His research and educational interests include symptom management and utilizing media to grow palliative care services and education.

  • Stephanie Harman

    Stephanie Harman

    Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health

    Bio Dr. Harman graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She then completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford and a Palliative Care fellowship at the Palo Alto VA/Stanford program before joining the faculty at Stanford. She is the founding medical director of Palliative Care Services for Stanford Health Care and a 2017 Cambia Sojourns Scholar Leader Awardee. She is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and a faculty member in the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. She serves as the clinical section chief of Palliative Care in the Division of Primary Care and Population Health and co-chairs the Stanford Health Care Ethics Committee. Her research and educational interests include communication training in healthcare, bioethics in end-of-life care, and the application of machine learning to improve access to palliative care.

  • Michelle Hauser

    Michelle Hauser

    Clinical Associate Professor (Affiliated) [Vapahcs], Primary Care and Population Health

    Bio Michelle Hauser, MD, MS, MPA, FACLM, DipABLM, Chef is board certified in internal medicine and lifestyle medicine and completed medical school, internal medicine residency, the Zuckerman Fellows Program in Leadership & Public Service, and a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree at Harvard, as well as a Master of Science in Epidemiology and Clinical Research and the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at Stanford. She is a certified chef via Le Cordon Bleu and a Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine where she has also served on the Board of Directors and published the Culinary Medicine Curriculum?the first comprehensive, open-source culinary medicine curriculum for health professional training programs. As Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine (Affiliated) at Stanford University School of Medicine, she teaches medical students nutrition, culinary medicine, and lifestyle medicine; she is also a teaching attending for internal medicine residents, psychiatry interns, medical students, and other trainees. At the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS), Dr. Hauser practices obesity medicine via a series of group medical appointments she developed that are focused jointly on lifestyle and medical management of obesity; she also evaluates patients for bariatric surgery. Additionally, Dr. Hauser practices primary care-internal medicine and serves as teaching attending at both the VAPAHCS (General Medicine Clinic, Palo Alto, CA) and the San Mateo County Health System (Fair Oaks Health Center, Redwood City, CA). Her research, clinical, and community projects blend her training in medicine, public policy, nutrition, epidemiology, and culinary arts to focus on improving education and access to delicious, healthy food for medical professionals, patients, and the general public. Her research has been published in top medical and nutrition journals, such as JAMA and AJCN, and she has been interviewed about cooking and health by media organizations such as the New York Times, Bloomberg News, CNN, the Washington Post, NPR, Stanford Medicine, and Harvard Health Publications.

  • Shireen Heidari

    Shireen Heidari

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health

    Bio Shireen Heidari, MD is a palliative care and family medicine physician. She works as part of the inpatient palliative care consult team providing complex symptom management and support for patients and families facing any stage of a serious illness. Dr. Heidari is the rotation director for students, residents and fellows on the Stanford inpatient palliative consult service. She is also the clinical lead for the Stanford site of the PERIOP-PC Study, which involves collaboration with the surgical department to evaluate the impact of surgeon-palliative care team co-management for patients and family members preparing for major upper gastrointestinal cancer surgery.

    Before joining the faculty at Stanford, Dr. Heidari attended medical school at Boston University, completed her residency at UC San Diego where she served as chief resident, followed by palliative fellowship at UCLA. Her interests include early palliative care integration, narrative medicine, and expanding primary palliative care skills for all clinicians.

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