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  • Crystal Chang

    Crystal Chang

    Clinical Instructor, Surgery - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

    Bio Dr. Crystal Chang is a Hospital Dentist and Clinical Instructor in Dental Oncology and Oral Medicine & Maxillofacial Surgery. She focuses on maintaining oral health through the management of infection, trauma and secondary comorbidities to the dentition and its supporting structures. She performs medically necessary dental extractions in the context of cardiac disease, orthopedic surgery, cancer therapy and organ transplants.

    Clinical Focus:
    Hospital Dentistry
    Dental Surgery
    Dental Oncology

  • 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.

  • William Choi DMD

    William Choi DMD

    Clinical Instructor, Surgery - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

    Bio Clinical focus in Hospital Dentistry serving as needed for hospital inpatients and emergency room patients who need dental consultation or treatment.

  • Kirk A. Churukian MD, FACS

    Kirk A. Churukian MD, FACS

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

    Bio Kirk A. Churukian MD, FACS is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Churukian completed training in general surgery, plastic surgery, and hand surgery. He was board certified in general surgery and is currently board certified in plastic surgery.

    Dr. Churukian is a member of several local, state, and national professional societies and has practiced in the Los Gatos/San Jose areas for more than 20 years. He tries to bring a friendly, creative, and patient focused approach to his cosmetic and reconstructive surgery practice.

    In addition to his private cosmetic practice, Dr. Churukian serves the community as a trauma specialist at San Jose Regional Medical Center. At this level II Trauma Center, he specializes in facial and orbital fracture repair and complex reconstructive surgery of the trunk and extremities. He also maintains an ongoing commitment to enhancing self-image with breast reconstruction for cancer survivors.

    Dr. Churukian grew up as a first generation eldest son of Armenian parents in Southern California and attended the University of Southern California, graduating with a degree in Psychobiology. Always interested in athletics, He participated in swimming and water polo throughout high school and played club water polo in college. This interest in aquatics was transferred to his children, all of whom are swimmers, and two of whom are avid water polo players. He currently resides in Menlo Park, California and is currently still married to his first wife ;-). He enjoys supporting Stanford athletics, except when the USC Trojans come to town!

  • Luis A. Cordova, DDS, PhD

    Luis A. 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 and other nerve disorders.
    Improving pain and general well being after severe hand injuries.
    Improving treatment and recognition of pain.