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  • Zainab Garba-Sani

    Zainab Garba-Sani

    Visiting Instructor, Primary Care and Population Health

    BioMs. Garba-Sani is a 2022-23 UK Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Policy and Practice, based at Stanford University and Lighthouse Silicon Valley (a justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion think tank). Her research seeks to explore how a person’s demographic characteristics (especially ethnicity) influences their perception of the use of AI in health and care. In particular, she is interested in understanding and tackling negative perceptions of AI within certain communities to maximise engagement in the development, use and evaluation of AI in health and care from diverse populations. The intention is to mitigate the risk of AI amplifying health inequities through algorithmic biases and systems missing out on the potential of AI to reduce disparities.

    Back in the UK, Garba-Sani was a clinical innovation manager at NHS England, where she was responsible for a range of programs that aim to transform health care through supporting the ideation, development, and adoption of innovation. In addition, she cochaired the NHS Muslim Network, acted as Partnerships Lead for TEDxNHS, and volunteered with the Muslim Scouts Fellowship. Garba-Sani is a passionate advocate for equity and justice. In July 2018, she was honored with a UK Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award for her work with the international charity DKMS (We Delete Blood Cancer) in increasing the number of people of color registered as potential blood stem cell donors. Garba-Sani is also a patient advocate, trustee of the UK's Sickle Cell Society and chairs NHS England's sickle cell disorder patient advisory group. She works with charities, communities, health care professionals, industry, governments and policymakers globally to improve care for sickle cell disorder. Additionally, Garba-Sani is an alumna of the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme and holds an M.Sc. in health policy from Imperial College London. Upon completing her B. Sc. in clinical sciences at the University of Bradford, Garba-Sani was introduced into the policy world through her elected role as Academic Affairs Officer in which she was responsible for representing and upholding students’ interests at a senior management level.

  • Karleen Giannitrapani

    Karleen Giannitrapani

    Instructor (Affiliated), Primary Care and Population Health
    Staff, Primary Care and Population Health

    BioResearch Focus: In contrast to bounded teams with static membership, dynamic teaming reflects the common challenge of interdisciplinary healthcare teams with changing rosters. Such dynamic collaboration is critical to addressing multi-faceted problems and individualizing care. At present, off the shelf interventions to improve the way healthcare teams work - often assume static and bounded teams. I intend to leverage design approaches to build a new kind of healthcare “teaming intervention,” which respects the nature of their constantly changing membership and more closely aligns with how healthcare teams actually collaborate.

    Expertise: My expertise includes organizational behavior, building interdisciplinary teams, implementation science, mixed methods-research, quality improvement, pain and palliative care research, and global health.

    Positions: I am an Instructor in the Division of Primary Care and Population Health at Stanford University School of Medicine and a Core Investigator at the Center for Innovation to Implementation (Ci2i) in the VA Palo Alto Health Care System where I am PI or co-investigator on multiple ongoing studies representing over 25 million dollars of competitive government grant funding. I am also a Director of the VA Quality Improvement Resource Center (QuIRC) for Palliative Care, supporting Geriatrics and Extended Care programs for 170 Veterans Affairs facilities nationally. In QuIRC I lead a portfolio of projects on improving the processes that interdisciplinary teams can leverage to improve pain and symptom management among high-risk patients; specifically I’m aiming to bridge the gap of poor palliative care integration in the perioperative period.

    Accomplishments: I have over 50 peer reviewed publications in high quality medical and health services delivery journals such as Medical Care, JAMA Surgery, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management and Pain Medicine. I recently received a 5-year VA Career Development Award on building better teams across disciplines and am an American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Research Scholar for related work.

    Professional Education
    PhD, University of California Los Angeles, Health Policy and Management (2015)
    MPH, University of California Los Angeles, Community Health Sciences (2010)
    MA, University of California Los Angeles, African Studies (2010)
    BA, Boston University, Anthropology and Religion (2006)

  • Christophe Gimmler, MD, MFT

    Christophe Gimmler, MD, MFT

    Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated), Primary Care and Population Health

    BioChristophe Gimmler, MD, MFT, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine (Affiliated) at Stanford School of Medicine;
    Staff Physician, Medical Service, VA Palo Alto Health Care System;
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

    After establishing and building the hospitalist and consult/liaison medicine service at the VA, Christophe now practices and teaches medical students and house staff in the primary care clinics there. He concurrently practices as a community psychotherapist and specializes in medical professionals. His central interest is the intersection of medicine and psychotherapy and, in particular, the application of psychological frameworks and skills to the practice of medicine, in addition to resiliency and burnout prevention. He developed the Medical Student Resiliency Skills Training program (MedReST) for the Stanford School of Medicine as well as the Resiliency Curriculum Series for the internal medicine residency program. He received as undergraduate degree in biology and psychology and an MD from the University of Virginia, completed his internal medicine residency at Stanford, and received a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Sofia University.

    Foster Well-being Throughout the Career Trajectory: A Developmental Model of Physician Resilience Training:
    Mayo Clinic Proceedings
    Cordova MJ, Gimmler CE, Osterberg LG
    2020; 95 (12):

    Developing institutional infrastructure for physician wellness: qualitative Insights from VA physicians.
    BMC Health Services Research
    Schwartz, R., Shanafelt, T. D., Gimmler, C., Osterberg, L.
    2020; 20 (1): 7