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  • David N. Cornfield

    David N. Cornfield

    Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor in Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine and Professor, by courtesy, of Surgery

    Bio A physician scientist, Dr. Cornfield is actively engaged in clinical medicine, teaching and research. In clinical arena, Dr. Cornfield is a Pediatrician with an active practice in both Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. In the research arena, Dr. Cornfield's lab addresses several large thematic issues. The areas of concentration include: (i) regulation of pulmonary vascular tone; (ii) oxygen sensing in the lung; (iii) biological determinants of preterm labor focusing on myometrial smooth muscle cells; (iv) developmental regulation of barrier function in the lung; and (v) the role of hypoxia-inducible factor-1 in lung development. In addition, there is an active translational research component.

  • Mary Hawn, MD, MPH, FACS

    Mary Hawn, MD, MPH, FACS

    Stanford Medicine Professor of Surgery

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My area of research is health services researcher focusing on surgical quality measurement and policy. I have a background and training in epidemiology coupled with my leadership roles in surgical quality measurement. My expertise and extensive experience in evaluation of surgical quality process and outcome linkage has impacted national policy and changed guidelines. We performed a comprehensive evaluation of the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) implementation using national VA data. Defining robust metrics of surgical quality that are actionable and can lead to sustained improvement in our field are of utmost importance. I also have experience with risk prediction modeling for surgical patients. Our Decision Support for Safer Surgery study developed models of real-time risk prediction for major complications and prospectively validated our models in patients and with expert surgeons. We were able to discern where computational risk prediction has added value and where it falls short. We currently have a national study investigating readmissions following major surgical procedures to identify opportunities for improving care and reducing costs.

  • Christopher T. Shen

    Christopher T. Shen

    Consulting Associate Professor, Surgery

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Healthcare innovation. Global medical technology assessment/needs finding. Value-driven innovation. Asia-pacific region. Medical technology development, financing, operations, regulatory, reimbursement.

  • Eric L. Weiss, MD

    Eric L. Weiss, MD

    Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Ignorance of Hepatitis A Among Travelers (writing up data).Travelers Neglecting to Seek Pre Travel Medicine Advice (writing up data).Fluoroquinolones in the Treatment of Complicated Urinary Tract Infections (new ED study)

  • Marta Gaia Zanchi

    Marta Gaia Zanchi

    Lecturer, Surgery

    Bio I am the creator and Lead Director of the Byers Center for Biodesign's course and project immersion program "Biodesign for Mobile Health"​ (BMH) examining the emerging mobile health industry (2012-present). This diverse, interactive, interdisciplinary, team and project-oriented course has been named by Stanford's Bioengineering "one of the flagship courses of our Department" and has trained nearly 200 students in a process of health technology innovation grounded on the understanding of contemporary Mobile Health needs.

    Currently Faculty member (Lecturer) at Stanford University in the School of Medicine, I am working with the Byers Center for Biodesign community under the direct supervision of Paul Yock, MD, Director of the Center and Founding Co-Chair of Stanford's Department of Bioengineering.

    In addition to my role as Faculty member and course Lead Director, I am a member of the Biodesign Leadership Group and a mentor to both Biodesign Fellows and students from the School of Medicine, all major Engineering schools and the Graduate School of Business. Together with a mHealth Advisory Group of thought leaders at Stanford, I help inform Stanford School of Medicine's thinking and strategy around Mobile Health to accelerate projects and foster quality research.

    Relevant links:
    Biodesign for Mobile Health (on Canvas): canvas.stanford.edu/courses/44010
    Byers Center for Biodesign: biodesign.stanford.edu/bdn/index.jsp

    At Stanford, I also have the pleasure to advise on the board of SHIFT, a student initiative aiming to promote and cultivate health innovation on campus by creating a forum for developers, entrepreneurs, and pre-health students to collaborate. A motivated leadership team envisions the group as a platform that connects and empowers students with resources and opportunities to innovate in healthcare. SHIFT fulfills its mission through open roundtable discussions, the TreeHacks Health hackathon and a fellowship program that pairs students as health++ fellows with early-stage companies or faculty-sponsored projects.

    Follow this link to learn more:
    SHIFT Health + Tech @Stanford: shift.stanford.edu

    When I am not at Stanford, you'll find me consulting, advising or otherwise engaging with and learning from the startup community of Silicon Valley. I am the Managing Director of Medinnovo LLC, advisory board (AB) member of many exciting privately-held companies, and founders' board of advisors (FBA) member at StartX MED, a startup accelerator.

    And, more links:
    My LinkedIN Profile: linkedin.com/in/mgzanchi
    Medinnovo LLC: medinnovo.com
    StartX Accelerator: startx.com

    Office Address:
    Marta Gaia Zanchi
    c/o Stanford Biodesign
    318 Campus Drive, Room E100
    Stanford, CA 93405-5428


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