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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.

  • Dan Eisenberg

    Dan Eisenberg

    Associate Professor of Surgery (General Surgery) at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Health Care Center

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Minimally Invasive Surgery
    Metabolic-Bariatric Surgery

  • Ralph S. Greco, MD

    Ralph S. Greco, MD

    Johnson and Johnson Professor of Surgery, Emeritus

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Application of Micro/Nanotechnology to Biological Systems.

  • Tina Hernandez-Boussard

    Tina Hernandez-Boussard

    Associate Professor (Research) of Surgery (General Surgery), of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics Research Center) and of Biomedical Data Science

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My background and expertise is in the field of computational biology, with concentration in health services research. A key focus of my research is to apply novel methods and tools to large clinical datasets for hypothesis generation, comparative effectiveness research, and the evaluation of quality healthcare delivery. My research involves managing and manipulating big data, which range from administrative claims data to electronic health records, and applying novel biostatistical techniques to innovatively assess clinical and policy related research questions at the population level. This research enables us to create formal, statistically rigid, evaluations of healthcare data using unique combinations of large datasets.

  • Stefanie S. Jeffrey, MD

    Stefanie S. Jeffrey, MD

    John and Marva Warnock Professor

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Jeffrey led the multidisciplinary team from the Schools of Medicine, Engineering, and Genome Technology Center that invented the MagSweeper, an automated device that immunomagnetically captures live circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from cancer patient blood for single cell analysis or culture. Her lab also works on microfluidic technologies for tumor cell capture, characterization, and growth - with the goal of defining individual patient response to newer biologically-based cancer therapies.

  • Mardi R. Karin, MD, FACS

    Mardi R. Karin, MD, FACS

    Clinical Associate Professor, Surgery - General Surgery

    Bio Dr. Mardi R. Karin is a board certified surgeon with over 20 years of experience. Dr. Karin specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of breast diseases and cancer. Her focus and leadership in breast cancer care includes improving coordinated care for breast cancer treatment, developing optimal survivorship plans, and extensive experience in building strong relationships with community physicians. Dr. Karin has extensive experience in a wide variety of general surgery procedures and all types of breast surgery, including breast conservation treatment. In addition, Dr. Karin is well experienced in complex breast cancer skin and nipple sparing procedures in coordination with the plastic surgeon for immediate breast reconstruction and optimal appearance with excellent outcomes.

  • Panagiotis Kourdis

    Panagiotis Kourdis

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, General Surgery

    Bio My current research at Stanford focuses on applying data mining tools to Electronic Health Records for improving Healthcare quality. Previously, I was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology and contractor at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Structural Engineering (2005) from the School of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), a Master of Science with Honors degree in Applied Mechanics (2008) and a Ph.D. degree in Engineering (2012), both from the School of Applied Mathematics & Physical Sciences of NTUA.

  • James Lau MD MHPE FACS

    James Lau MD MHPE FACS

    Clinical Associate Professor, Surgery - General Surgery

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My personal mission is to contribute to the overall care of the surgical patient through clinical practice, training, and education. My research interests, as they pertain to this mission, are the surgical management of reflux, minimal access surgical techniques, evidenced based surgery, surgical skills acquisition, and surgical education.

  • Dana Lin MD

    Dana Lin MD

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery - General Surgery

    Bio Dana Lin, M.D. is a board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeon who specializes in the surgical management of endocrine tumors of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands, as well as malignant melanoma. Her clinical practice is based at the Stanford Cancer Center. She also serves as an attending surgeon in endocrine surgery at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

    Dr. Lin earned her bachelor of science degree in biology at Stanford University and medical degree at the State University of New York School of Medicine. She then completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, where she was awarded the Gallo Award from the Cancer Institute of New Jersey for outstanding cancer research in melanoma.

    To further hone her clinical interest in endocrine surgery, she completed a dedicated endocrine surgery fellowship at the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. She has expertise in mini-incision thyroid and parathyroidectomy, lymph node dissection for thyroid cancer and melanoma, and laparoscopic adrenalectomy.

    Dr. Lin is the author of multiple peer-reviewed publications related to endocrine disease and melanoma. Her ongoing clinical and research interests include the multidisciplinary treatment and outcomes of patients with benign and malignant tumors of the thyroid and parathyroid glands.

    Dr. Lin is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is an active associate member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and American Association of Endocrine Surgeons.

  • Paul Maggio, MD

    Paul Maggio, MD

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

    Bio Dr. Paul Maggio is Associate Chief Medical Officer of Operational Effectiveness, Associate Director of the Adult Intensive Care Unit, and Associate Trauma Medical Director at Stanford. He trained in General Surgery at Brown University and obtained advanced training in Adult Surgical Critical Care and Trauma at the University of Michigan. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and is triple board certified in General Surgery, Critical Care, and Medical Informatics. In addition to being a clinician and surgeon, Dr. Maggio participates in the National Committee on Healthcare Engineering for the American College of Surgeons, and his research interests are focused on the delivery of high-value care.

    Dr. Maggio received the SHC Board of Hospital Director’s Denise O’Leary Award for Clinical Excellence in 2013

  • Arden Morris

    Arden Morris

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

    Bio As a health services researcher and surgeon, my work focuses on quality, patient-centered care, and disparities in care. At Stanford University School of Medicine Department of Surgery, I am the director of the Health Services Research Unit, an interdisciplinary group that aims to improve the value of healthcare through research that informs policy and implementation, to promote a surgical health services research community through mentorship and collaboration, and to develop innovative mixed methodologies. Our nascent team includes clinical and research faculty with expertise in implementation science, health economics, bioinformatics, and quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodologies.

  • Dr. John Magaña Morton

    Dr. John Magaña Morton

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

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My main research interests include the surgical management of the morbidly obese, evidence-based surgery, and surgical education. Prior training in public health, health administration, and surgery provide a strong foundation from which to pursue these goals.
    The only effective and enduring treatment for morbid obesity is bariatric surgery. Like the previous public health epidemics of cancer and heart disease, surgery is the first responder to the obesity crisis.

  • Jeffrey Norton

    Jeffrey Norton

    The Robert L. and Mary Ellenburg Professor in Surgery

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Interleukin-12 is a Th1 cytokine. It is important in the cell mediated immune response. We are investigating its role as an anti-tumor cytokine to augment the immune response against cancer. We are planning a human trial.

  • David Oakes

    David Oakes

    Professor of Surgery at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Emeritus

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Trauma, especially splenic and thoracic

  • George A. Poultsides, MD

    George A. Poultsides, MD

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

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Clinical trials of experimental diagnostics and therapeutics; outcomes analysis following combined modality treatment of hepatic, pancreatic, and gastrointestinal malignancies.

  • Homero Rivas

    Homero Rivas

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

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM Procedure) for Esophageal Achalasia.
    Mobile Health including Tele-Medicine, health applications for mobile phones.

  • Andrew A. Shelton, M.D.

    Andrew A. Shelton, M.D.

    Clinical Professor, Surgery - General Surgery

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Multimodality treatment of rectal cancer
    Sphincter preserving procedures for rectal cancer
    Laparoscopic colon and rectal surgery
    Surgical education

  • Samuel So

    Samuel So

    Lui Hac Minh Professor in the School of Medicine

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Through a 4 pronged comprehensive program: translational and clinical research, early detection and treatment, promoting education, awareness and immunization and building partnership, we are working towards the development of new strategies that will lead to the elimination of hepatitis B worldwide and reduce the threat and incidence of liver cancer. Current research efforts focus on evaluating potential new diagnostic and treatment markers and novel targeted therapy for primary liver cancer.

  • David A. Spain, MD

    David A. Spain, MD

    Ned and Carol Spieker Endowed Professor

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Our main areas of interest are clinical research in shock, sepsis, multiple organ faliure and ICU pneumonia, as well as organizational characteristic of well functioning trauma centers and systems. We are also developing a program in Health Services Research focused on access to specialized, high acuity care

  • Kristan Staudenmayer, MD

    Kristan Staudenmayer, MD

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

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Defining the Impact of Injuries in the Elderly

  • Dario Tedesco

    Dario Tedesco

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, General Surgery

    Bio I am a postdoctoral scholar with a clinical degree specialized in Public Health. My research has been focused on a variety of topics which include: outcomes research, comparison of healthcare systems on key outcomes (comparison of Patient Safety Indicators between Italy and US), health equity, conflict of interest in healthcare. I have also been involved in synthesizing empirical evidence using systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Currently working on health services research projects aimed at improving post-operative pain management, with a particular focus on orthopedic surgery and non pharmacological interventions.

  • Brendan C. Visser

    Brendan C. Visser

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

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Visser's research interests span the breath of his clinical practice. Areas of active research include the multidisciplinary treatment of pancreatic neuroendocrine cancers, technical aspects of minimally invasive pancreatic and liver surgery, and trends in the management of hepatobiliary cancers in California, focusing on socioeconomic and instituional barriers to appropriate care.

  • Irene Wapnir

    Irene Wapnir

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

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Clinical trials in operative procedures such as Nipple-sparing mastectomy, arm lymphatic mapping, skin perfusion and Treatments for Breast Cancer, especially local recurrence. Dr. Wapnir is institutional Principal Investigator and Chair for National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) clinical trials. Laboratory and translational research includes exploring the activity of breast iodide transporter in breast cancer brain metastasis.

  • Thomas G Weiser, MD

    Thomas G Weiser, MD

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

    Bio I am a general and trauma surgeon, and surgical intensivist. I treat and care for injured patients and those with acute surgical emergencies, and manage critically ill surgical patients in the Intensive Care Unit.

    My research is focused on evaluating the role of surgical care in the delivery of health services in resource poor settings, particularly low and middle income countries. I am interested in barriers to access and provision of surgical care, the quality of surgical services, and outcomes research. My current projects focus on quality and cost effectiveness of care, and strategies for improving the safety and reliability of surgical delivery in resource poor settings. I have been involved in surgical program assessment projects in Cambodia, India, the UK, and the United States. From 2006-2009 I was part of the World Health Organization’s Safe Surgery Saves Lives program where we quantified the global volume of surgery and created, implemented, evaluated, and promoted the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist.

  • Mark Lane Welton

    Mark Lane Welton

    Harry A. Oberhelman, Jr. Professor

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Clinical research focused on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of anal cancer and its precursor lesions. Clinical trials of ablative therapy for High-grade Squamous Intraepithelial Lesions (HSIL) of the anus and perianal tissues as a means for preventing anal cancer.
    Basic science work in collaboration with Ronald Davis and Hanlee Ji focused on the molecular genetic and pathologic studies of anal cancers using moecular inversion probe genomic technology

  • Amanda Wheeler

    Amanda Wheeler

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery - General Surgery

    Bio Dr. Amanda J. Wheeler is a board certified surgeon who specializes in the surgical management of breast disease.

    She completed her general surgical residency at Stanford University. To further her career in the treatment of breast cancer she was awarded a Surgical Society of Oncology accredited fellowship in Breast Surgical Oncology at the Harvard affiliated hospitals; Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. She is actively involved in clinical research and serves on the Education Committee for the American Society of Breast Surgeons. Her published research includes; the impact of screening mammography on the morbidity and mortality of breast cancer, utilization of breast MRI, the link between obesity and breast cancer and risk factors among the African American population for breast cancer. She has also written multiple chapters in leading textbooks and collaborated with other nationally recognized experts at MD Anderson, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Stanford University and Harvard University.

    Dr. Wheeler previously was the Medical Director of the Meridian Park Legacy Breast Cancer Program and was in private practice in Portland, Oregon for five years before returning to Stanford. She enjoys playing golf, painting and yoga.

  • Sherry M. Wren MD, FACS, FCS(ECSA)

    Sherry M. Wren MD, FACS, FCS(ECSA)

    Professor of Surgery (General Surgery) at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Our research interests are primarily in global surgery,robotics,surgical oncology, especially gastrointestinal cancers.