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  • Robin M. Cisco, MD, FACS

    Robin M. Cisco, MD, FACS

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery - General Surgery

    Bio Dr. Robin Cisco is a board certified General Surgeon and fellowship-trained Endocrine Surgeon. She specializes in surgery of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands and has expertise in lymph node dissection for thyroid cancer. Dr Cisco received her medical degree at Duke University before moving to Stanford for General Surgery residency. During her residency, she completed a two-year research fellowship in Surgical Oncology, with a focus on cancer immunology.

    After residency, she completed an Endocrine Surgery fellowship with the internationally recognized UCSF Division of Endocrine Surgery. She is the author of multiple publications related to Endocrine Surgery and Surgical Oncology and has an interest in minimally invasive approaches to thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal surgery.

    Dr. Cisco focuses on providing outstanding surgical care in an environment that is supportive of her patients and their families. She enjoys patient education and preoperative counseling, and seeks to lessen the anxiety that often comes with a recommendation for surgery. She currently sees patients both in San Jose at Stanford's Cancer Center South Bay and in Palo Alto in the Head and Neck Oncology clinic.

  • Karishma Desai

    Karishma Desai

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, General Surgery

    Bio A TL1 scholar and post doctoral researcher in Health Services Research with interest in Pharmacoepidemiology focusing on safe and efficacious use of medications to improve health outcomes.

    Experienced with designing and implementing research projects using quantitative, qualitative and mixed method designs. Experienced with outcomes research, electronic health records (EHR) and meta-analyses.

    Currently working on multiple projects focused on improving post-operative pain outcomes/management and Opioid consumption.

  • Frederick M. Dirbas

    Frederick M. Dirbas

    Associate Professor of Surgery (General Surgery) at the Stanford University Medical Center

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My research interests are focused on minimizing the impact of breast cancer from a diagnostic and therapuetic standpoint. Breast MRI is a powerful tool to facilitate the screening for and staging of breast cancer, and can be valuable adjunct to guide breast surgery. Oncoplastic surgical techniques optimize cosmesis after breast cancer surgery. Accelerated radiotherapy after lumpectomy decreases radiotherapy treatment times from 6 weeks to just 1 to 5 days.

  • Monica Dua

    Monica Dua

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery - General Surgery

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Technical aspects of minimally invasive pancreatic and liver surgery
    Minimally invasive strategies for the management of pancreatic necrosis
    Management of severe acute pancreatitis – academic vs community treatment
    Multidisciplinary treatment of HCC; institutional barriers to appropriate referral/ care
    Endocrine/exocrine insufficiency after pancreatectomy; volumetric assessment
    Natural history and management of pancreatic cysts

  • Rajendra Dulal

    Rajendra Dulal

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, General Surgery

    Bio The key focus of my current research at Stanford is the application of data mining tool on Electronic Health Record System for improving quality of health care. My primary research area is health economics with research focused on quality of care, patient-centered outcomes research, and efficiency/effectiveness analysis. I am particularly interested in various forms of quality, and their association with patients’ health outcomes and cost of care. My secondary research area is environmental economics with research focused on environmental/public health and green economy.