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  • Kurt M. Hafer, MD, FACP

    Kurt M. Hafer, MD, FACP

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health

    BioDr. Kurt Hafer is a board-certified physician and Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) practicing Primary Care Internal Medicine exclusively at Stanford Concierge Medicine.

    Dr. Hafer grew up in Chapel Hill, NC and attended Pomona College, where he received his undergraduate degree in Psychology. After completing post-baccalaureate pre-medical coursework at the University of Michigan (UM) in Ann Arbor, he worked as a neuro-endocrine peptide researcher at UM.

    In 1999, Dr. Hafer graduated from The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed a Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) in San Jose in 2002. Between 2002 to 2012 he was a Teaching Attending Physician at SCVMC as well as an adjunct Stanford physician, training medical students and residents in Internal Medicine.

    Dr. Hafer joined Stanford in 2012 as the founding Medical Director of the Stanford Primary Care, Portola Valley Clinic -- Stanford's first new primary care clinic in many years. His five years of leadership at the Portola clinic included incorporating the latest technologies into primary care, adopting active population health panel management, LEAN management practices, embedded specialists and evidence-based, best-care practices as a viable model for the future of Stanford Primary Care.

    In January 2017, Dr. Hafer joined Stanford Concierge Medicine as Medical Director. In addition to caring for his patients, his duties include directing the clinic and expanding clinic offerings in mental health, wellness, and piloting Primary Care Genetics and Pharmacogenomics screening programs as a test bed for Stanford Primary Care.

    While at Stanford, Dr. Hafer has served as a lecturer for the American College of Physician's Internal Medicine Maintenance of Certification Course held in San Francisco, and has been a Reviewer for the American College of Physicians on multiple projects. He has served on numerous Stanford Healthcare committees and worked with teams on numerous projects, including Stanford's Primary Care 2.0 Redesign, Hypertension Center of Excellence Clinical Integration Team, The Virtual Hypertension Monitoring Project, and Stanford's Primary Care Precision Health program design team. He has directed pilots of TeleHealth phone and video visits, integration of specialty care MDs into our primary care clinics. He led a successful Clinical Effectiveness Leadership Training (CELT) project using clinical pharmacists embedded in primary care clinics to more effectively manage diabetes and high blood pressure between MD visits. He has also served as the Physician Leader for Stanford's Realizing Improvement through Team Empowerment (RITE) Quality Improvement Program.

    He currently serves as a Physician Member on the Global Executive Services (GES) Network Steering Committee, part of the Vizient University Health System Consortium.

    When not caring for patients, Dr. Hafer enjoys spending time outdoors with family and friends. He is married to a Stanford University History Professor, has a daughter who graduated from Stanford and is now a medical student at UCLA as well as a son who is studying engineering at Stanford. He is an avid lifelong cyclist (road and MTB, logging over 8k miles annually), hiker, has a passion for tinkering with vintage Datsuns and enjoys wearing vintage watches.

    Dr. Hafer believes that a combination of truly knowing his patients as individuals, excellent patient-physician communication, and comprehensive preventive care allows him to provide exceptional care for his patients.

  • James Hallenbeck, MD

    James Hallenbeck, MD

    Associate Professor of Medicine (Primary Care and Population Health) at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Emeritus

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsResearch in hospice and palliative care with emphases on physician education, cultural aspects of end-of-life care, and healthcare system issues.

  • Josef Hannah

    Josef Hannah

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health

    BioDr. Hannah graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences. He then completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas and a fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine at Stanford University before joining as faculty at Stanford. His clinical practice includes both inpatient palliative care consultation as well as ambulatory care in palliative medicine. His research and educational interests include symptom management and utilizing media to grow palliative care services and education.

  • Stephanie Harman

    Stephanie Harman

    Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health

    BioDr. Stephanie Harman is a palliative care physician and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and went on to complete a residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford and a Palliative Care fellowship at the Palo Alto VA/Stanford program. She then joined the faculty at Stanford. She co-founded the Palliative Care Program at Stanford Health Care in 2007 and serves as the Clinical Chief of the Section of Palliative Care in the Division of Primary Care and Population Health. She is the inaugural Associate Chair for Women in Medicine for the Department of Medicine and the co-director of the Stanford Leadership Development Program, a joint program between Stanford Health Care and the School of Medicine. A 2017 Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Scholar Leader Awardee, she has a passion for leadership development and has built a Women’s Leadership in Academic Medicine (WLAM) program in the PCPH Division, which is now in its 4th year with 28 women leaders. Her other professional interests include clinical ethics in decision-making and serious illness communication skills training.