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  • Jagannath Padmanabhan

    Jagannath Padmanabhan

    Instructor, Surgery - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

    BioJagannath (Jagan) Padmanabhan, Ph.D. is an Instructor in the Department of Surgery at Stanford University. He is a bioengineer by training (M.Eng., Cornell University, 2011; Ph.D., Yale University, 2016) and works as a project lead for translational and clinical research projects with Dr. Geoffrey C. Gurtner, the Inaugural Vice Chairman of Surgery for Innovation at Stanford University. Jagan's research expertise spans the fields of wound care, medical devices & MedTech. His research work has led to 29 published manuscripts and multiple patent applications (US10213144B2; PCT/US2021/053992). Over the past five years, Jagan has been invited to critically evaluate scientific manuscripts by 30 different journals.

    Jagan is passionate about biomedical innovation and Industry-Academia collaborations. He recently coordinated a department-wide effort and partnered with Silicon Valley MedTech experts for a unique summer program on biomedical innovation. He also runs a blog for scientists, seekers, and skeptics at www.sciencers.org.

    Quick fact: Four languages and counting.

  • George A. Poultsides, MD, MS, FACS

    George A. Poultsides, MD, MS, FACS

    Professor of Surgery (General Surgery) at the Stanford University Medical Center

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsClinical trials of experimental diagnostics and therapeutics; outcomes analysis following combined modality treatment of hepatic, pancreatic, and gastrointestinal malignancies.

  • Janey S.A. Pratt, MD

    Janey S.A. Pratt, MD

    Clinical Professor, Surgery - Pediatric Surgery

    BioDr. Janey S.A. Pratt, MD, FACS, FASMBS is a general surgeon who specializes in Robotic Hernia repair and Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (MBS). She began her career in general surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was a founding member of the MGH Weight Center. As surgical director she introduced minimally invasive MBS and adolescent MBS to MGH in 2001 and 2007 respectively. In 2011 Dr. Pratt took over as Director at the MGH Weight Center and continued to work on several national committees towards improving access and care of adolescents with severe obesity. Dr. Pratt continued to practice general surgery through out her tenure at MGH seeing patients with breast cancer, hernias, and obesity. She performed advance minimally invasive surgery(MIS) as well as advanced endoscopy.
    In 2016 Dr. Pratt moved to California where she began her work at Stanford University, splitting her time between the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital and the Palo Alto VA. She performs Minimally Invasive MBS at both institutions as well as endoscopy. Dr. Pratt has trained in robotic surgery and performs robotic assisted hernia repairs on complex and simple hernias. As a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, Dr. Pratt is involved in training Stanford medical students and residents both in the OR, in the clinic, in the simulation labs and in the class room. Dr. Pratt is the associate program director of the VA MIS fellowship program, and Chair of the Pediatric Committee of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
    Dr. Pratt has been involved in creating and updated guidelines for Adolescent MBS since 2005. In 2018 she was first author on the ASMBS Pediatric Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Guidelines. Her other research interests include: MIS approaches to hernia repair and bowel obstruction, pediatric obesity treatment and the use of medications to improve outcomes of MBS. Dr. Pratt frequently lectures on the subject of Adolescent Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

  • Carla Pugh, MD, PhD

    Carla Pugh, MD, PhD

    Thomas Krummel Professor

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsThe Technology Enabled Clinical Improvement (T.E.C.I.) Center is a multidisciplinary team of researchers dedicated to the design and implementation of advanced engineering technologies that facilitate data acquisition relating to clinical performance.