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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. Deborah Kado joined the faculty at Stanford and the Veteran's Association Medical Center, Palo Alto in April 2021 as Chief of Geriatric Research in the Geriatrics Section/Population Health and Primary Care. She completed her undergraduate education at Bryn Mawr College followed by medical school at Cornell University Medical College. Originally from Northern California, she returned back west to complete her medical residency in internal medicine and chief residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. From there, she headed to UCSF for her post-doctoral research training in clinical research, followed by a Master’s Degree of Science in Epidemiology at the UCLA School of Public Health sponsored by the John Hartford Foundation, and a clinical fellowship in geriatrics at UCLA. Her primary research focus has been on osteoporosis and the related disorder hyperkyphosis. She has enjoyed continuous funding from the NIH since she started on the UCLA faculty in 2000 and in 2007 defined hyperkyphosis as a new geriatric syndrome, first featured in the Annals of Internal Medicine and later as its own chapter in UpToDate. Prior to coming to Stanford, she was at UC San Diego where she started a dedicated osteoporosis clinic in 2013, and in about 2016, she has broadened her research interests from musculoskeletal aging to study all things aging, including such diverse topics as those involving the gut microbiome in older men and the effects of cancer treatments on aging in newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.

  • James Kahn

    James Kahn

    Professor of Medicine (General Medical Disciplines)

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy initial research activities involved antiretroviral and novel therapeutic treatments of HIV infection, understanding elements of HIV pathogenesis associated with acute HIV infection and post exposure prevention. My most recent scholarly activities concentrate on working as a team to capitalize on the data stored in electronic medical records, HIV disease modeling and using electronic medical records for outcome research and developing a mentorship program for early career scientists.

  • Neil M. Kalwani

    Neil M. Kalwani

    Clinical Scholar, Medicine
    Postdoctoral Scholar, Cardiovascular Medicine

    BioNeil Kalwani, MD, MPP is a Clinical Scholar in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and a postdoctoral fellow in the Stanford-AHRQ Health Services Research Training Program in the Department of Health Policy. He attended college at Yale University and completed graduate degrees in medicine and public policy at Harvard University. He trained in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital before arriving at Stanford in 2018 for fellowship in cardiovascular medicine, during which he served as Chief Fellow. He is now completing advanced training in echocardiography.

    Dr. Kalwani's research focuses on the evaluation of innovations designed to improve the value of care for patients with cardiovascular disease.

  • Afrin N. Kamal, MD MS

    Afrin N. Kamal, MD MS

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Gastroenterology & Hepatology

    BioAfrin Kamal is a board-certified gastroenterologist, who trained at Washington University in internal medicine, Cleveland Clinic in gastroenterology/hepatology, and most recently Stanford University in esophageal and motility diseases. Afrin shares a clinical passion in esophageal motility diseases with an an overlapping interest in health services and outcomes research.

  • Ahmad Kamal, MD, MS

    Ahmad Kamal, MD, MS

    Clinical Associate Professor (Affiliated) [Scvmc], Medicine - Med/Gastroenterology and Hepatology

    BioDr. Kamal graduated from the University of California at Irvine in 1995 with a B.S. in Biology and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1999. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Gastroenterology at Stanford in 2006, during which time he also earned an MSc in Clinical Epidemiology.

    ​In addition to serving as associate chief of the division of gastroenterology at SCVMC, Dr. Kamal is vice chair of internal medicine and director of the clinical research pathway, an innovative program that provides mentoring and protected time for clinical research to internal medicine residents. He is active in teaching trainees at all levels and received an outstanding mentor award from Stanford's biodesign program.

    Dr. Kamal has been named a fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association and has been recognized several times in the "Top Doctors" list. He received the Hospital Quality Institute's C. Duane Dauner Award for his work in specialty care transformation and was one of 6 recipients of Silicon Valley Business Journal's Excellence in Healthcare Award. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he served as Director of Health Systems Preparedness for Santa Clara County and was awarded a Medal for Outstanding Service by the Board of Supervisors.

    Dr. Kamal has also been active in clinical and health services research, authoring over 20 peer-reviewed publications, 40 abstracts, and 7 book chapters. ​