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Health Outcomes for Asian and Pacific Islander Women and Newborns

In California, 16% of births are among Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) families, with significant disparities in quality of care for mothers and babies. Jochen Profit, MD, MPH, discusses key drivers of inequitable care among AANHPI mothers and infants, health outcomes, and potential solutions



Jochen Profit, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine.



Dermatologic Surgery: Skin Cancer and Beyond

Nour Kibbi, MD, covers the basics of skin cancer and the principles of Mohs surgery: when it’s appropriate and its advantages. She discusses what to expect from an aesthetic consultation and highlights some of the most common non-surgical cosmetic treatments for improving the health and appearance of your skin.



Nour Kibbi, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatologic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine.



Coping when Caring for Adults with Chronic or Serious Illnesses

Ranak Trivedi, PhD, describes the joy and the stress of caring for someone with a chronic and serious illness, and strategies to increase the joy while lowering the stress.



Ranak Trivedi, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Director of Caregiving and Family Systems at the Stanford Center for Asian Health Research and Education (CARE).



Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in Asian Subpopulations

Meryl Sperling, MD, MA, discusses the criteria and importance for early screening of gestational diabetes for Asians populations. She talks about how BMI affects the risk for gestational diabetes among 13 distinct Asian subgroups in California.



Meryl Sperling, MD, MA, is a fellow in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Stanford University. Her research interests include gestational diabetes mellitus and maternal health disparities in Asian American and Pacific Islander populations.

Health, Illness, and Social Support in the Asian American Community

Grace Yoo, PhD, MPH, provides an overview of the role and meaning of social support in Asian American communities in relation to health, illness, and aging.



Grace J. Yoo, PhD, MPH, is Professor and former chair of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University. She is a medical sociologist with a background in public health who has spent 30 years teaching and researching about health, illness and social support among Asian Americans.

Feel Empowered: Making the Most of Your Doctor’s Visits

Randall Stafford, MD, PhD, shares tips to help you prepare for your medical appointments and be open with your doctor when you need more information.



Randall S. Stafford, MD, PhD,  Professor of Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine and the Director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices (PPOP).



Nasopharyngeal Cancer: What it’s About, Who Gets it, and What We’re Doing About it

A. Dimitrios Colevas, MD, discusses nasopharyngeal cancer, a type of head and neck cancer. He gives an overview of standard treatments and shares the latest research on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.



A. Dimitrios Colevas, MD, Professor of Medicine (Oncology) and, by courtesy, of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery (OHNS) and of Radiation Oncology (Radiation Therapy).



Type 3c Diabetes

Many people are unfamiliar with Type 3c Diabetes (pancreatogenic) which develops from damage to the pancreas. Leah Groppo, RD, and Marilyn Tan, MD, share an overview and discuss how to manage this complex disease.



Leah Groppo, RD, MS, BC-ADM, CDCES, is a Clinical Dietitian in Stanford’s Endocrinology Clinic and Diabetes Care Program. 

Marilyn Tan, MD, FACE, is double board certified in Endocrinology and Internal Medicine. She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and chief of the Endocrine Clinic at Stanford Health Care.



Type 2 Diabetes in Asian Americans

Sun Kim, MD, discusses the differences in the risk and origins of Type 2 Diabetes among the diverse Asian American population.



Sun Kim, MD, MS,  Associate Professor Of Medicine (Endocrinology) at  Stanford Medicine



Lymphedema: What's Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

Lymphedema is a chronic condition that causes swelling in the limbs due to blockage in the circulatory systems. Lymphedema is most commonly caused by lymph node removal or damage due to cancer treatment. Stanley Rockson, MD, discusses the condition, current research, and emerging treatments.



Stanley Rockson, MD, is the Allan and Tina Neill Professor of Lymphatic Research and Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Rockson serves concurrently as Stanford’s chief of consultative cardiology and the director of the Stanford Center for Lymphatic and Venous Disorders.




Fatty Liver Disease

The liver is the body’s leading toxin-removing organ and plays a pivotal role in metabolism. Nearly everything you put into your body, at one point or another, is processed by the liver. Randall Stafford, MD, PhD, discusses weight-related metabolic liver problems, fatty liver disease, new guidelines for daily alcohol intake, and how to maintain overall liver health.



Randall S. Stafford, MD, PhD,  Professor of Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine and the Director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices (PPOP).




Nutrition, Microbiome, and Pregnancy

Christopher Gardner, PhD,  Scarlett Karakash, MD, and Justin L. Sonnenburg, PhD, discuss the important role nutrition plays in maintaining a healthy microbiome (gut health). How do mothers transfer microbes to their infants? Learn about the science behind this and hear about their Maternal & Offspring Microbiome Study (MOMS). 



Christopher Gardner, PhD, is the Rehnborg Farquhar Professor of Medicine at Stanford, the Director of Stanford Prevention Research Center's (SPRC) Nutrition Studies Group, and the Director of the SPRC postdoctoral research fellow training program.

Scarlett Karakash, MD, is a Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine and Director of Perinatal Services at Natividad Hospital at Stanford Children's Health.

Justin L. Sonnenburg, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Stanford School of Medicine.




A Hidden Health Disparity: Lung Cancer among Asian American Females who Never Smoke

Scarlett Gomez, PhD, Iona Cheng, PhD, and Heather Wakelee, MD, review what we currently know about lung cancer in non-smoking Asian American and Pacific Islander females and ongoing research in this area.



Scarlett Lin Gomez, MPH, PhD, Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF; Co-Leader, Cancer Control Program, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Iona Cheng, MPH, PhD, Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF

Heather Wakelee, MD, Professor of Medicine, Deputy Director of the Stanford Cancer Institute, Division Chief of Medical Oncology.




Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: The Search for Therapies

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) disease is a common and frequently fatal heart disease. Currently, there is no medical therapy leaving only surgical approaches once the disease has become severely advanced. Joshua Spin, MD, PhD, discusses some of the approaches his lab is taking to address AAA.



Joshua Spin, MD, PhD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Cardiology at Stanford University, and a Staff Cardiologist at the Palo Alto VA. In addition to his clinical work at Stanford Hospital and the VA, he is a member of the Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease and the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, and is also an attending physician in the Stanford Marfan Center. Dr. Spin's laboratory conducts basic and translational research in vascular biology, with an emphasis on investigations of abdominal aortic aneurysm and vascular smooth muscle cells.




Type 1 Diabetes: Macronutrients and Boluses

Leah Groppo, Registered Dietitian, talks about how different macronutrients affect bolus types and doses.



Leah Groppo, RD, MS, BC-ADM, CDCES, is a Clinical Dietitian in Stanford’s Endocrinology Clinic and Diabetes Care Program


Managing Type 1 Diabetes

Marina Basina, MD, reviews the latest research and technological advances as they relate to managing type 1 diabetes.



Marina Basina, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, focuses on diabetes management, thyroid, and adrenal conditions. Her primary interests are type 1 diabetes, diabetes technology, and diabetes in pregnancy.


Improving the Diagnosis of Under-Recognized and Rare Diseases in Asians

Rare diseases have a low prevalence but are collectively common. They are often under-recognized and patients can face delays in diagnosis or misdiagnosis. Linda Geng, MD, PhD, reviews rare diseases as they relate to Asian health and strategies to improve diagnosis of these under-recognized conditions.



Linda Geng, MD, PhD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine whose clinical focuses include diagnostic medicine, undiagnosed diseases and medical mysteries, rare disorders, post-acute COVID-19 syndrome (long COVID), and internal medicine. She is the Co-Director of Stanford’s Consultative Medicine Clinic and Co-Director of Stanford’s Post-Acute COVID-19 Syndrome Clinic.




Type 1 Diabetes: Staying Active to Feel Your Best

Staying active is important for overall health and well-being. Dessi Zaharieva, PhD, explores the role of exercise in managing type 1 diabetes in youth and adults.



Dessi Zaharieva, PhD, is an instructor of pediatric endocrinology and an exercise physiologist. Her research focuses on exercise physiology and blood glucose management in type 1 diabetes.


Primary Care for LGBTQ+ Patients: Take Pride in Your Health

Having a physician who is familiar with the needs of the LGBTQ+ patient increases an individual’s trust and makes it easier to communicate candidly with their doctor. Benjamin Laniakea, MD,  discusses the range of needs that are more easily discovered and addressed as a matter of course in a practice that specializes in LGBTQ+ care.



Benjamin Laniakea, MD, is a board-certified family medicine physician specializing in full-spectrum LGBTQ+ health. They are the Medical Director of Stanford’s LGBTQ+ Clinical Program and have been the theme lead for the Sex, Gender, and Sexual Function curriculum at the Stanford School of Medicine.


Living Your Best Life: How Palliative Care Can Help Improve Your Quality of Life

Palliative Care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness and aims to see the person beyond the disease. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of illness to improve quality of life, regardless of age or stage of illness. Grant Smith, MD, explains the essential services and support offered through palliative care, when it might be right for you or your loved one, and the ways palliative care works alongside your other doctors to provide whole-person care.



Grant Smith, MD, is a palliative care physician and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine. He provides direct patient care while pursuing his academic and educational interests improving patient-centered care across settings, increasing access to palliative care, and promoting clinician well-being.


Stay Independent and Free from Falls

Falls are one of the leading causes of loss of independence in older adults, but research shows that many effective strategies to reduce falls are not widely practiced. With a focus on both seniors and their family members, Stanford primary care physician Randall Stafford, MD, PhD, and Ellen Corman, MRA, of Stanford’s esteemed Farewell to Falls program discuss risk factors and strategies to prevent falls. 



Ellen Corman, OT, MRA, Manager, Injury Prevention and Community Engagement, Stanford Health Care Trauma Service

Randall S. Stafford, MD, PhD,  Professor of Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine and the Director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices (PPOP)


Understanding Obesity: From Stigma to Solutions

In the United States, nearly 75% of adults are either overweight or obese. Despite its commonness, many patients who are overweight or obese feel stigmatized and helpless. Dr. Kim discusses how we can move beyond stigma to solutions and reviews novel therapies for obesity, including medications for weight loss.



Sun Kim, MD, MS,  Associate Professor Of Medicine (Endocrinology) at Stanford Medicine




Intro to Ayurveda: The Science of Life

Ayurveda is the traditional medical practice of India and one of the world's oldest continuously practiced healing traditions. In this talk, Neeta Gautam, MD, a Family Physician and Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor, will introduce you to the history, background, and fundamentals of Ayurveda and how these ancient practices can be applied in today's world.



Neeta Gautam, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Primary, Preventive, and Community Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Director of Integrative Medicine at the Stanford Center for Asian Health Research and Education (CARE). 



Living Better with Type 2 Diabetes

A comprehensive approach to diabetes relies on patients taking control of their health. Stanford primary care physician Randall Stafford, MD, PhD, and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist and Registered Dietitian, Leah Groppo, MS, RD, CDCES, review the benefits of attention to diet, physical activity, sleep, and stress for people with diabetes. They also provide key practical tips to get you moving towards healthier, better living with diabetes.



Randall S. Stafford, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine and the Director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices (PPOP)

Leah Groppo, MS, RD, CDCES, Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist and Registered Dietitian with Stanford Health Care


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