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  • James┬áChang, MD

    James Chang, MD

    Johnson and Johnson Professor of Surgery and Professor, by courtesy, of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My role in research is to apply novel advances in tissue engineering and microsurgery to the clinical problems of hand trauma, peripheral nerve injuries, and congenital hand problems. I am interested in developing new tissues and techniques that will allow optimal reconstruction of form and function to those patients requiring reconstructive surgery.

  • Luis Cordova, DDS, PhD

    Luis Cordova, DDS, PhD

    Postdoctoral Research fellow, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests As an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, my clinical practice focused on the treatment of facial skeletal diseases and subsequent bone reconstruction, orthognathic surgery, facial trauma and dental implantology. As a scientist, my research focuses on the translational aspects of the interactions between bone cells with the immune and vascular components. During my Ph.D. (under Prof. Dominique Heymann, France) I started working with animal models of bone diseases, developing an innovative siRNA-based therapy for the treatment of bone loss associated with orthopaedic implants failure. Also, I developed a surgical mouse model of osteonecrosis of the jaw associated with anti-resorptive drugs (Bisphosphonates). Consecutively, in my postdoctoral stage at Stanford University (with Prof. Stuart Goodman), I have strongly increased my experience in the field of bone-biomaterial interactions focusing on the translational aspects of the improvement of bone-healing impairment in aging. For this aim, my research focus in to determine growth factors involved in the interaction between bone and immune cells and to move this knowledge to clinical uses. Moreover, I developed intellectual skills to identify relevant needs for clinical practice, propose an experimental design to solve them by using the lab resources, core facilities and collaboration with others research groups at Stanford University. At Stanford University, I discovered opportunities to move my research to the real products or services for healthcare. For this aim, I am a component of the Stanford Venture Studio community, receiving feedback from my ideas, personalized advising and connecting with peers.

  • Catherine Curtin

    Catherine Curtin

    Associate Professor of Surgery (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery) and, by courtesy, of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Maintaining and optimizing upper limb function in people with spinal cord injury.
    Improving pain and general well being after severe hand injuries.
    Neuroma care in the surgical patient