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  • Deborah Kado

    Deborah Kado

    Professor of Medicine (Primary Care and Population Health) and, by courtesy, of Epidemiology and Population Health

    BioDr. Kado is a board-certified, fellowship-trained doctor specializing in geriatrics. She serves as co-director of the Stanford Longevity Center. She is a professor of medicine and co-chief of the Geriatric Section of the Department of Medicine, Division of Primary Care and Population Health.

    For each patient, Dr. Kado prepares a personalized care plan. Her objective is to help all individuals maintain the best possible health and quality of life as they age.

    A special interest of Dr. Kado is bone health. She has conducted extensive research focused on osteoporosis and the related disorder hyperkyphosis.
    Since joining the UCLA faculty in 2000, she has received continuous funding for her research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    She has over 100 peer-reviewed publications of her research findings in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Osteoporosis International, Journal of Gerontology and Medical Sciences, Journal of Geriatric Oncology, Nature Communications, and other peer-reviewed journals.

    In 2007, she defined hyperkyphosis as a new geriatric syndrome. Her discoveries in this field were first featured in the American College or Physician’s premier internal medicine journal Annals of Internal Medicine. Later, they also appeared in a dedicated chapter in UpToDate, the electronic resource providing evidence-based clinical decision support for doctors worldwide.

    Prior to coming to Stanford, Dr. Kado practiced at UC San Diego where she started a dedicated osteoporosis clinic for patient care and research. She later broadened her research interests beyond musculoskeletal aging to study other aging-related topics such as the gut microbiome in older men and the effects of cancer treatments on aging in newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.

    Dr. Kado is a California native. She trained at UCSF and UCLA. She also earned a Master of Science degree in epidemiology at the UCLA School of Public Health, sponsored by the John Hartford Foundation.

    She is a member of the American Geriatrics Society, American Society of Bone and Mineral Research, Gerontological Society of America, The Endocrine Society, and other professional organizations. She co-chairs the NIH National Institute on Aging Workshop for the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research. She also participates in the Bone Health Working Group of the Society for Women’s Health Research.

  • Abraar Karan, MD MPH DTM&H

    Abraar Karan, MD MPH DTM&H

    Postdoctoral Medical Fellow, Infectious Diseases
    Masters Student in Epidemiology and Clinical Research, admitted Autumn 2022
    Fellow in Medicine

    BioI am an infectious disease fellow and post-doctoral researcher in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine & the Woods Institute for the Environment with interests in emerging infections, infectious disease epidemiology, and global health equity. Current projects include: reducing home-based transmission of SARS CoV 2 through improving air filtration/ventilation; Monkeypox epidemiology/ response work.
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    I completed my residency in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and as a graduate of the Doris and Howard Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity. I earned my MD from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine where I served as Student Body President; an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; and my undergraduate degree w/ distinction from Yale University in political science, where I was a Yale Journalism Scholar.

    From February to October 2020, I worked on COVID19 response for the state of Massachusetts as a medical fellow to Dr. Monica Bharel, MA Commissioner of Public Health. From November to January 2021, I worked as a research consultant to the WHO commissioned Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response on Covid-19 epidemiology. I also served as a research assistant for the Harvard College Fall course on Covid-19 and epidemics. Furthermore, I was involved in Biden-Harris campaign's Covid-19 policy writing for school reopenings. Prior to this, I studied epidemic response and emerging infectious diseases, with a focus on rural pathogens, including Ebola. In 2018, I co-founded Longsleeve insect repellent, winner of the 2018 Harvard Business School New Venture Competition and a finalist in the 2019 Harvard President's Challenge, which we hope will have a notable impact on curbing transmission of vector-borne epidemic outbreaks. I also led the American Medical Association's Journal of Ethics theme issue on pandemic response, published in January 2020. I have peer-reviewed for the CDC's Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal; Clinical Infectious Diseases; and JAMA.

    My previous work over the past 14 years has included various projects in Latin America (Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti, Dominican Republic), Asia (India, Thailand), and Sub-Saharan Africa (Rwanda, Uganda, Mozambique). In 2011-2012, as a Yale Parker Huang Fellow, I conducted an anthropological research study in India exploring sex trafficking and intergenerational sex work in Hyderabad and Delhi. I am also interested in the intersection between medical ethics and global health (particularly neocolonialism). I participated as a medical fellow in Auschwitz studying the history of the Holocaust for the FASPE program in 2016; and led the AMA Journal of Ethics twice (2016-17 on international healthcare systems; 2019-20 on pandemic response).

    Since January 2019, I have also been a columnist at the British Medical Journal. Prior to that, I co-edited the book, "Protecting the Health of the Poor", which was published in December 2015. I have authored works in the NEJM, The Lancet, The BMJ, Academic Medicine, Health Affairs, NPR, WaPo, Vox, Los Angeles Times, CNN, Scientific American, Huffpost, Boston Globe, Harvard Business Review, and other major publications. Press coverage has included: NBC, ABC, BBC, PBS, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Washington Post, New York Times, Bloomberg, Boston Globe, ProPublica, WSJ, TIME, TMZ, Science Friday, Medium, The Verge, Politico, CBC News, MTV News, Democracy Now, NPR, ESPN, The Atlantic, The Hill, Business Insider, Vice, Mother Jones, Boston Magazine, Vox, Healthline, Forbes, Slate, STAT News, Harvard Public Health Magazine (cover story Spring 2020), and others

  • Abby C. King

    Abby C. King

    Professor of Epidemiology & Population Health and of Medicine (Stanford Prevention Research Center)

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy interests include applications of behavioral theory and social ecological approaches to achieve large scale changes impacting chronic disease prevention and control; expanding the reach and translation of evidence-based interventions through state-of-the-art technologies; exploring social and physical environmental influences on health; applying community participatory research perspectives to address health disparities; and policy-level approaches to health promotion/disease prevention.