CERC Clinical Excellence Research Center

CERC Fellows

Graham Abra, MDGraham Abra, MD, graduated Summa Cum Laude from San Diego State University with a BA in Psychology. He stayed in San Diego for medical school, residency and chief residency at the University of California, San Diego where he became interested in care delivery systems and the metrics by which they are evaluated. He completed a clinical year of nephrology fellowship at Stanford and then joined the inaugural class of fellows at the Stanford Clinical Excellence Research Center. He is supported by a Clinical Scientist in Nephrology grant from the American Kidney Fund. He is an avid road cyclist and one of the deputy editors at the popular Renal Fellow Network blog.

Sarah Adler, PhDSarah Adler, PhD, is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the joint program between Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. She completed her clinical internship at the University of California, San Diego-VA consortium. She specializes in health psychology and behavioral medicine and has worked on many multidisciplinary medical teams applying evidenced based treatments to patients with co-morbid mental and physical health problems. Her research focuses on design and implementation of real-world psychological interventions for patients with obesity and other chronic health conditions.

David Moore, MS, PhDDavid Moore is an industrial engineer and operations researcher, with specializations in performance analysis and improvement, production economics, efficient frontier analysis, organizational learning and technology management. He previously served as an assistant professor in the Economics and Business Division of the Colorado School of Mines, and has completed projects for Hewlett Packard, Siliconix, Coors Strategic Sourcing, Graphics Packaging Company, and Rocky Mountain Bottling Company. He currently serves on the INFORMS Subdivision Council and the Sections and Societies Committee, and previously served as chair of the INFORMS Technology Management Section. He is co-founder of the non-profit academic research network klicnet.org, the Knowledge, Learning and Intellectual Capital Network. In 2006 he founded a boutique consultancy dedicated to performance improvement in hospitals, and has completed process improvement and benchmarking projects for private clients. Currently his research focuses on improving performance of surgical teams, and reducing avoidable variation and improving patient flow in surgical suites. David earned a B.S. in industrial engineering and operations research, a M.S. in operations research, and a PhD in industrial engineering and operations research at U.C. Berkeley, and completed the joint College of Engineering/Haas Graduate School of Business program in management of technology.

Manali Patel, MDManali I. Patel, MD, is currently a third year hematology/oncology post doctoral fellow at Stanford. After obtaining her MD and Masters in Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill she completed her residency training at Stanford. As an anthropology major in undergraduate training she realized the significant impact culture plays on health and perceptions of health and has continued to devote her career to understanding health disparities. She spent several years during college and medical school understanding the health care system for Aborigine Australians. During her public health education she furthered her studies in this area and expanded her health program implementation through development of a cervical cancer screening program in rural Honduras. Her current research interests as a fellow, in addition to health care reform and expanded access to health care, include implementation of community health programs to eliminate cancer health disparities.

Sundeep Singh, MDSundeep Singh, MD, is a NIH T-32 sponsored clinical fellow in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Stanford University. He holds a bachelor's degree in industrial and systems engineering at Georgia Tech and a M.D. from University of Michigan. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Univeristy of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas prior to pursing his specialty training at Stanford. His interests include liver disease and process re-design to improve quality and outcomes.

Kimberly Stone, MDKimberly Stone, MD, is a Resident in General Surgery at Stanford Hospital. She has completed two clinical years and is currently in her first year of Professional Development as a Research Fellow in the Clinical Excellence Research Center. She received her MD from University of California at Irvine, and a Bachelors degree with Honors in Human Biology from Stanford University. Her research interests include developing economically sustainable health care delivery models, and promoting patient centered care within the field of General Surgery.

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