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  • Vinicio de Jesus Perez MD

    Vinicio de Jesus Perez MD

    Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine)

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My work is aimed at understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in the development and progression of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). I am interested in understanding the role that the BMP and Wnt pathways play in regulating functions of pulmonary endothelial and smooth muscle cells both in health and disease.

  • Tushar Desai

    Tushar Desai

    Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests We investigate the cellular and molecular events that regulate proper development of the lungs, including how the gas exchange region is maintained and renewed throughout life. We apply this knowledge to dissect how dysregulation of these normal processes can cause or contribute to specific lung diseases like pulmonary fibrosis, emphysema, and lung cancer, and we are interested in uncovering how lung stem cells are regulated in the hopes of harnessing them as a regenerative therapy for patients.

  • Gundeep Dhillon, MD, MPH

    Gundeep Dhillon, MD, MPH

    Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine) at the Stanford University Medical Center

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests 1. Use of an administrative database (UNOS) to study lung transplant outcomes.
    2. Expression of the plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI) 1 antibody in peripheral blood after lung transplantation and its association with bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (chronic rejection).
    3. Impact of airway hypoxia, due to lack of bronchial circulation, on long-term lung transplant outcomes.
    4. CMV specific T-cell immunity in lung transplant recipients and its impact on acute rejection.

  • Chitra Dinakar

    Chitra Dinakar

    Clinical Professor, Medicine - Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

    Bio Dr. Chitra Dinakar is a Clinical Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, the Gies Endowed Faculty Scholar at the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research, and the Medical Director of Stanford HealthCare Allergy/Immunology Clinics. Prior to coming to Stanford, she was a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Director, Food Allergy Center at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City. She completed her fellowship in Allergy/Immunology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio, and her residency in pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University/Metrohealth Medical Center, Ohio. Her medical school and pediatric residency training was at JIPMER, a premier medical institution in India.
    Having had the benefit of experiencing health care in diverse settings, Dr. Dinakar is empowered with the perspective, and driven by the passion, to improve health care across the globe. Her clinical and research interests and expertise include food allergies, pediatric asthma, and health care disparities, delivery, and outcomes. She was the Principal Investigator (UMKC/Pediatric) of the American Lung Association Clinical Research Network, and started the Food Allergy Center of Excellence and was the Center Director of the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) Clinical Network at her former institution. She has been involved in more than 50 investigator-initiated, NIH-sponsored, and industry-sponsored clinical trials, and has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and research abstracts, and 2 book chapters. She serves on the Editorial boards of four Allergy/Immunology journals and on the World Allergy Organization Web Editorial Board. She has served on National Institutes of Health review panels and the UMKC Pediatric Institutional Review Board. She is an invited speaker at national and international allergy conferences, and mentors junior faculty and trainees.
    Dr. Dinakar serves in leadership capacities at the national Allergy/Immunology and Pediatrics organizations. She is a Board of Director at the American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). She is a member of the Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters (JTFPP) that develops and updates A/I related practice parameters, and the A/I representative at the Council of Pediatric Specialties (CoPS). She is also on the Executive Committee of the Section of Allergy/Immunology, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP-SOAI) and is an elected member of the prestigious American Pediatric Societies (APS). She was on the Board of Regents of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) and the President of the Greater Kansas City Allergy Society (GKCAS). She served on the Joint ACAAI/AAAAI Workgroup on Interpretation of Exhaled Nitric Oxide for Clinical Applications. She is passionate about championing for families with allergic disorders and is on the Food Equality Initiative (FEI) medical advisory board, and the founder and sponsor of the Children’s Mercy Food Allergy Patient Family Advisory Council and FARE Kansas City Support Group.
    Dr. Dinakar’s honors include the 'Distinguished Fellow Award" by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (2016), "Woman in Allergy Award" by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (2015), “Acellus Teacher of the Year” award by the International Academy of Science (2015), the "Award of Excellence" by the American Association of Allergists & Immunologists of Indian Origin (AAAII, 2009), "Golden Apple Mercy Mentor Award" by Children’s Mercy Hospital, and an honorary “Kentucky Colonel” awarded by the Governor of Kentucky. She is listed on the Best Doctors in America; Kansas City Magazine’s ‘SuperDocs’ and ‘435 Magazine’ Best Doctors.