"The overall goal of SPHERE is to employ our world-class precision health expertise to improve minority health disparities, a large and growing need as technology advances, but access to technology remains uneven." —Bonnie Maldonado, P.I.

Who We Are

Members of the Implementation Core collaborate to accomplish objectives aimed at supporting implementation of scientific findings from SPHERE research.

Implementation Core Members:


  • Lisa Goldman-Rosas, PhD, MPH - Faculty Director, Community Engaged Research, Center for Population Health Sciences, Stanford Medicine


  • Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH – Professor in Child Health, Stanford Medicine
  • Abby King, PhD Professor of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology) and of Medicine (Stanford Prevention Research Center
  • Sean David, MD - Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medical Disciplines) at the Stanford University Medical Center
  • Mildred Cho, PhD - Professor (Research) of Pediatrics (Center for Biomedical Ethics) and of Medicine (General Medical Disciplines)
  • Rhonda McClinton-Brown, MPH - Executive Director, Office of Community Engagement, Center for Population Health Sciences, Stanford Medicine

What We Do

The Implementation core translates findings from SPHERE investigators in order to:

  • Develop and evaluate the SPHERE ethical guidelines.
  • Assess the potential for implementation of precision health interventions.
  • Design and implement a precision health-training curriculum for providers.
  • Establish a “Precision Health Innovation Lab".


To learn about unique perspectives on Precision Health and to develop ethical guidelines for SPHERE the Implementation and Consortium Cores collaborated with SPHERE community partners to:

  • Conduct 12 focus groups, led by community members, with 5 ethnic populations (African American, American Indian, Chinese, Latino, Vietnamese) and 2 physician groups, in 4 languages, to understand diverse ethnic perspectives on precision health.
  • Hold 5 Town Hall meetings with 4 ethnic communities and 1 group of physicians to disseminate the results of the focus groups and gather ideas for the ethical guidelines on precision health.


There are five SPHERE "cores", representing expertise in social disparities research, analytic computing capabilities, laboratory assessment, and community engagement.

Research Initiatives

The three Research Initiatives are the heart of SPHERE's work.


SPHERE brings together investigators from across the School of Medicine to address fundamental questions about health and disease among minority populations.