2022-2023 SMADIE Intern

Louis Tan

Louis Tan is a first generation, premed student who grew up in the Bay Area. He was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease as a child, which has helped shape his desire to pursue medicine as a career. He is passionate about educating underserved populations, and learning about how new technologies have the potential to revolutionize science and medicine. As a hobby, he likes to tinker with different aspects of art and design.

Louis attended the February 2020 SUMMA Conference at Stanford University, where he met Dr. Poullos. Inspired by Dr. Poullos’ story, he reached out to see how he could contribute to SMADIE. Currently, Louis manages and provides creative input for SMADIE’s social media channels.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors Officers

Peter D. Poullos, MD

Founder and Co-Chair

Dr. Poullos is a native of Stockton, California. He attended Santa Clara University, then received his M.D. degree at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He did an Internal Medicine residency at the University of California-San Francisco, finishing in 2002. He stayed at UCSF as a Gastroenterology fellow but, after a spinal cord injury, he decided to retrain in Radiology. He did his Radiology residency at Stanford University, where he also completed a fellowship In Body Imaging in 2009. Dr. Poullos is now faculty in both the departments of Radiology, Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Dr. Poullos served as Associate Residency Program Director for the Stanford University Radiology Residency from 2009 through 2016.  He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition, which he founded in 2018. He currently serves on the Stanford School of Medicine Faculty Senate and the School of Medicine Diversity Cabinet. He also has a strong interest in medical education and enjoys the opportunity to teach medical students, residents, and fellows.

Ken Sutha, MD, PhD

Co-Chair

 

Doug Neu

Vice Chair

Doug Neu is a Senior Informatics Educator for Stanford Healthcare, focused on Epic training and support for Inpatient/Labor & Delivery nurses and staff. He has been hard-of-hearing (deaf in right ear) since birth but have not always identified as disabled. In his free time Doug enjoys reading and hiking.

Daychin Campbell

Secretary

 

Jody Greenhalgh, OTR/L, MCP

At large officer

Ms Jody Greenhalgh is an Occupational Therapist at Stanford Healthcare. She attended San Jose State University for her Occupational Therapy degree, Notre Dame De Namur University for her Psychology masters degree and on sabbatical from her doctoral studies at Saybrook University. Jody is thrilled to be part of Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition. SMAC matches her passion in fostering equal treatment and well-being for all - regardless of differences, advocating for disability accommodations, providing service resources and combating health injustices. This aligns with Jody’s Motto of "Living life fully, independently, inclusively and limitless”.

Board of Directors Members

Shaila R. Kotadia, PhD

Shaila Kotadia, PhD, is the Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) for the School of Medicine Human Resources Group, whose role is focused specifically on providing support to all SoM staff. She focuses on the School’s capacity to do JEDI work, seeks to dismantle bias in our systems, processes, and procedures, and aims to provide strategic support to departments and teams and individual support to staff. Dr. Kotadia is excited to be a member of SMAC to be an advocate for disability justice and to bring about transformational change to Stanford Medicine - she is also extremely grateful for SMAC inviting her into their community.

Laurie Leventhal-Belfer, PhD

Laurie Leventhal-Belfer, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in taking a developmental perspective in understanding children, adolescents, adults, and their families as they grapple with daily stresses, medical and mental health issues, challenges adapting to school, interacting with colleagues at work, and making friends.

Dr. Leventhal-Belfer, known as Dr. Laurie to many children and their parents, has a private practice in Palo Alto. She is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. In addition, she is the founder and director of The Friends Program, a therapeutic group program for young children with high-functioning Autism/Asperger's and their parents. Dr. Leventhal-Belfer has developed and taught many professional training courses and has written several books and articles in her areas of expertise.

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Advisory Council Member

Heidi Feldman

Heidi M Feldman MD PhD is the Ballinger-Swindells Professor of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at Stanford.  She earned a PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of PA and then an MD at the University of CA San Diego. After residency at UCSD, she completed fellowship training in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Boston.  Her research focuses on language and reading in children with conditions that put development at risk, including deafness, persistent ear infections, and, most recently, prematurity.  She has held several national leadership positions, including president of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Chair of the SubBoard for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at the American Board of Pediatrics.

At the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Feldman served as Program Director of a federally-funded interdisciplinary training program called Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. This opportunity broadened her perspective on the social model of disability and deepened her commitment to leadership and advocacy in the field of disability. Since joining the faculty at Stanford, she has taught a Human Biology course, entitled Developmental Disabilities: From Biology to Policy and has sponsored students teaching a student-initiated course, entitled Diverse Perspectives on Disabilities.  She authored a book entitled Redesigning Health Care for Children with Disabilities: Strengthening Inclusion, Contribution and Health, which argues for new priorities in health care for children with disabilities.  She has also taught inclusive classes of yoga to children.

Advisory Council Member

Richie Sapp

Hey everyone! I am a 4/5 medical student currently on clerkships! One of my big passions in life is disability advocacy. I have worked on disability issues on the main Stanford campus and here at the school of medicine. I was one of the founding members of MSDCI (Medical Students with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses). I joined SMAC because I wanted to improve Stanford School of Medicine's approach towards disability, from being reactive to proactive, and become a leader that other medical schools will follow in creating an environment that includes, accommodates, and promotes disability as diversity.

Advisory Council Member

Zina Jawadi

Zina Jawadi has been passionate about hearing loss science and advocacy since eighth grade. She has bilateral, prelingual sensorineural hearing loss, underwent eight years of speech therapy, and wears hearing aids. She currently serves on the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) national Board of Trustees. She previously served as HLAA, California State Association trustee from February 2013 to February 2019, where she was also elected as secretary, vice president, and president.
Ms. Jawadi completed her master’s in June 2019 in bioengineering with medical device concentration at Stanford University, where she obtained a BS in biology in June 2018. Ms. Jawadi was also an intern at Stanford’s Santa Maria Lab focusing on hearing loss, and she was a user research intern at NeoSensory in 2018 and an undergraduate research assistant in the Stanford Department of Otolaryngology from 2014 to 2017. She previously interned at the UCSF Otology and Cochlear Implant Center and at the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles.
Ms. Jawadi served as president of Power2ACT, Stanford’s disability advocacy organization, and as disability lead in the ASSU Executive Cabinet, representing the undergraduate and graduate Stanford student body. She launched the Abilities Hub at Stanford to secure a campus center for the disability community and founded the Stanford Disability Initiative to incorporate disability across all aspects of campus. Ms. Jawadi is an awardee of the Graduate Student Council's Excellence in Advocacy Award, Stanford Award of Excellence, Stanford James Lyons Award for Service, Stanford Psychology One Scholar Award, Bio-X Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship, Stanford Public Service Honor Society, Stanford Politico’s Top 10 (#3) Most Influential Undergrads, HLAA Outstanding Young Adult Award (2014), NCFL oratory national finalist, and a three-time recipient of the United States President’s Volunteer Service Award. 

COMMITTEES

Faculty and Faculty Support Committee

Aleema Patel*(Radiology)

David Jaffe (Mechanical Engineering)

Eleni Linos (Dermatology)

Jessica Rose (Orthopedic Surgery)

 

Medical Student and Medical Student Administration Committee

 Kip Guja*(Radiology)

Adonis Rubio (Undergraduate)

Connie Wong (Undergraduate)

Carleigh Kude (Office of Accessible Education)

Mijiza Sanchez (Office of Medical Student Affairs)

 

(* denotes Committee Chair)

Residency and Graduate Medical Education Committee

Ken Sutha*(Pediatric Nephrology)

William Shomali (Hematology))

Richie Sapp (Medical Student)

Matthew Smuck (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)

 

Stanford Healthcare Committee

Caroline Chellamy