V. Faculty

José Maldonado, MD joined the Stanford faculty in 1993 and became Medical Director of the Psychosomatic Medicine Service in 1995. He received his medical degree at Ponce School of Medicine and his psychiatric training at Temple University, in Philadelphia. He completed additional training in Forensic Psychiatry at Temple University, and a fellowship in Consultation-Liaison/Neuropsychiatry at New England Medical Center/Tufts University, in Boston. Dr. Maldonado is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine; with courtesy appointments in the Departments of Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Surgery, the Center of Biomedical Ethics and the Stanford School of Law. He serves as Chief of the Medical and Forensic Psychiatry Section, Director of the Psychosomatic Medicine Clinic, and Medical Director of the Psychosomatic Medicine Consult Service. Dr. Maldonado serves as psychiatric consultant to all solid organ transplant teams (i.e., heart, lung, liver, kidney, and small bowel); including our new program in Composite Tissue Allotransplantation. He has special expertise in the areas of psychosomatic medicine and somatoform disorders, neuropsychiatry, dissociation, medical hypnosis, and organ transplantation.

Dr. Maldonado's research interest include: Neurobiology and Management of Delirium; Neuropsychiatric Sequelae of Medical Illness and its Treatment; Psychosocial Assessment & Neuropsychiatric Complications of Organ Transplantation; Functional Neurological Disorder; Application of Hypnosis in Psychiatry and Medicine; Neuropsychiatric Sequelae of Traumatic Brain Injury; Pathophysiology and Management of Alcohol Withdrawal; Factitious Disorder & Munchausen's Syndrome; Cultural Diversity in Medical Care; Diagnosis and Treatment of Dissociative Disorders; and Forensic Psychiatry.

Dr. Maldonado has received numerous awards including the Charles Shagass, MD Award, for meritorious scholarly work during residency training, from Temple University (1988). The Psychiatric Times named Dr. Maldonado 2001 Teacher of the Year. In June 2003, Dr. Maldonado was awarded the Henry J. Kaiser Award at the Stanford University School of Medicine Commencement Ceremony for excellence in clinical teaching. In August 2003, Dr. Maldonado received the "Best Researcher/Author Presentation" award at the World Congress in Psychosomatic Medicine. He received the 2004 DLIN/Fischer Award, for significant achievement in clinical research from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. He received the Teacher of the Year Award by the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University in 2004, 2009, and 2011. He is a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Psychiatry and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine; and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Delirium Society (ADS). Dr. Maldonado enjoys national and international recognition as an expert in the treatment of delirium and confusional states, traumatic brain injury, conversion disorder, and hypnosis. He is also director of the Mental Health & the Law course in the Stanford School of Law.

Dr. Maldonado has over 95 publications to his name, and delivered over 95 peer-reviewed and 275 invited presentations.

Lawrence McGlynn, MD

Dr. Larry McGlynn is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and has been on the faculty of Stanford since 2000. Dr. McGlynn began his career as a mathematician. After obtaining a graduate degree in applied mathematics/Operations Research from Stanford University, he was employed by Bell Communications Research to construct mathematical models of fiber optic electronics in the Japanese manufacturing industry. He began his transition to medicine after winning a fellowship in Mathematics and Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, where he utilized applied mathematics in both HIV and cardiovascular health in Mexican-Americans. Dr. McGlynn went on to earn his MD at Harvard Medical School where he was the recipient of the Paul Dudley White Fellowship. Dr. McGlynn used this award to study infant mortality in the highlands of Guatemala. He completed his psychiatry residency at The Cambridge Hospital.

In addition to serving as Clinical Associate Professor and seeing patients in the Stanford-based HIV clinics, Dr. McGlynn is also Director of the Stanford Methamphetamine Task Force, a multidisciplinary group of physicians, nurses, social workers, legal experts and community members who are funded to research and provide education on the abuse of methamphetamine and its connection to HIV infection. Dr. McGlynn is also Faculty Medical Director for the San Jose AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC). In this role, he directs the multidisciplinary faculty (including Infectious Diseases, Primary Care, Mental Health, Nursing, Legal, and Social Work) and curriculum development. The San Jose AETC provides HIV clinical education for providers from Santa Clara County south to San Luis Obispo County.

In 2010, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors presented Dr. McGlynn with the Burgiss Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in HIV/AIDS.

Yelizaveta Sher, MD

Liza Sher, MD received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, where she majored in Molecular and Cell Biology with emphasis in Neuroscience. She then worked in Molecular Biology Lab at the VA Medical Center in San Francisco, where she conducted basic science research on Complex I and Complex II of the respiratory chain, resulting in several publications.

In 2003, she was accepted to Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and was awarded the Olin Fellowship, for “female graduate students with exceptional professional promise.” During medical school, she received multiple awards, including the Herrmann Award, a peer-nominated award for a graduating medical student for their listening and communication skills, and the Peter Halstead Hudgens Award, in recognition of excellence in research and clinical psychiatry during medical school. She was also elected into Alpha Omega Alpha, Honors Medical Society, an honor granted to top 10% of medical school class for overall academic achievements, leadership and community involvement.

Dr. Sher went on to receive her residency training in adult psychiatry at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. During her final year, she was elected to be a Chief Resident. She was awarded the Outstanding Resident Award, given to a graduating resident for overall excellence. During her training at Stanford, Dr. Sher was particularly drawn to and inspired by Psychosomatic Medicine. She was a member of the research team that first demonstrated the clinical efficacy of the Stanford Integrated Psychosocial Assessment for Transplantation (SIPAT) under the leadership of Dr. Maldonado and was the leading author in a review article on depression and heart disease.

Dr Sher served as Stanford’s first fellow in Psychosomatic Medicine at Stanford, and joined the Stanford faculty after its completion in October 2012. She was awarded 2012-2013 Webb Fellowship by the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. During her fellowship and continuing into her faculty time, Dr. Sher has been involved in several research projects, including the development and validation of a tool to help predict severe alcohol withdrawal among medically ill individuals, and a study designed to validate the SIPAT. Her other interests include psychodynamic psychotherapy, depression in medically ill, neuropsychiatry, psychiatric disorders in pre-, peri-, and post-lung transplantation, psychiatric disorders in cystic fibrosis, and delirium. Dr. Sher also serves as a member of Stanford Ethics Committee.

Edward Kilbane, MD

Edward Kilbane, MD obtained his undergraduate degree in anthropology from Loyola University of Chicago and a master's degree in medical anthropology from Case Western Reserve University. Subsequently he completed medical education at The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland followed by a medicine and surgical internship. He returned to the USA for psychiatric residency training at Beth Israel Medical Center, NYC, where he was chief resident. He finished his formal psychiatric training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC, completing a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine and Psycho-oncology.

He was honored to receive the Jimmie Holland award for outstanding clinical fellow. Having moved to San Francisco in late 2010, Dr. Kilbane worked at the Menlo Park Veterans Hospital with veterans with psychiatric illness and chemical dependency.

In September 2011, Dr. Kilbane joined the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University as a Clinical Instructor. Dr. Kilbane performs inpatient psychiatric consultation for medical and surgical services, sees outpatients with comorbid medical and psychiatric illness, and supervises fellows, residents, and medical students. His immediate mission is to serve as liaison to the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Stanford and direct the new Psycho-oncology Service.

His specific interests include the psychiatric issues in cancer care, working with patients and families dealing with end of life issues, psychiatric manifestations in neurological disease, and understanding how individuals and groups understand illness and access health care. In his practice Dr. Kilbane combines medication management and a variety of psychotherapeutic techniques to manage psychiatric symptoms and improve functional status. He is excited to work collaboratively with various departments to deliver high quality psychiatric care to individuals undergoing treatment at Stanford Hospital and Clinics.

Part-Time Faculty

Magdolna Dunai, MD

Dr. Dunai completed her Psychiatry Residency training at Stanford in 1996. Prior to that, she accomplished several years of research at the New York University Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Cornell University Medical Center in Manhattan, as well as residency training in Internal Medicine. After graduation, she served as the medical director for the Drug and Alcohol Clinic at Stanford, and a research fellow at the Bipolar Clinic. She has been involved with the CL service since 1998, and over the last couple of years has built a successful private practice in Palo Alto. She is currently an Adjunct clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry.

Dr. Dunai teaches integrative psychotherapy and medication management at the outpatient Psychosomatic Medicine clinic. She focuses on using different psychotherapeutic modalities with a combinative approach according to the personality structure and medical problems to help the patients.

Past Psychosomatic Medicine Fellows

  • 2011 – 2012 Yelizaveta Sher, MD
  • 2012 – 2013 Lauren Kissner, MD
  • 2013 – 2014 Vidushi Savant, MD