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  • Michael Salerno

    Michael Salerno

    Clinical Instructor, Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine

    BioDr. Salerno completed his BS in Biological Engineering at Cornell University, and his MD and PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program. He then completed the American Board of Internal Medicine Research Pathway with an Internal Medicine residency at Stanford University, and his general cardiology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. During his time at Duke he completed a dedicated year in cardiovascular MRI at the Duke Cardiovascular MR Imaging Center. He returned to UVA in 2008 to complete a 2-year advanced cardiovascular imaging fellowship where he trained in CMR and cardiovascular CTA. He achieved COCATS Level III training in all cardiovascular imaging modalities (Echo, Nuclear, CMR, CCT), and is board certified in Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology. He served as faculty at UVA in Cardiology, Radiology, and Biomedical Engineering from 2010-2021 where he was the Director of Cardiac MRI and the Medical Director of Echocardiography, before returning to Stanford.

    His research involves the development and evaluation of novel MRI pulse sequences and techniques to improve the clinical utility of CMR imaging. The current focus of the research is on quantitative myocardial perfusion imaging, quantitative imaging of myocardial fibrosis, rapid free-breathing and self-gated imaging, and deep learning for image reconstruction and post-processing. His laboratory includes undergraduate and graduate engineering students as well as clinical cardiovascular imaging fellows to bring new advances into clinical practice. Dr. Salerno has been in the field of MRI for 25 years and holds multiple patents related to the development and application of novel pulse sequences for MRI. He has received numerous research awards, and has published extensively in the areas of MRI, cardiovascular MRI and multi-modality cardiovascular imaging. His research has been supported by the AHA and the National Institutes of health. He is a deputy editor for JACC Cardiovascular Imaging.

    Outside of work, Dr. Salerno enjoys sailing, rock climbing, skiing, running, biking, hiking, and spending time with his wife Cherie, and his two boys Christopher and Joseph.

  • Karim Sallam, MD

    Karim Sallam, MD

    Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)

    BioKarim Sallam, MD, is trained in Cardiovascular Medicine and Advanced Heart Failure.

  • Alexander Tarlochan Singh Sandhu

    Alexander Tarlochan Singh Sandhu

    Instructor, Medicine

    BioAlex Sandhu, MD, MS is a cardiologist with a special interest in the care of patients with advanced heart failure. He graduated from the seven-year combined BA-MD program at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency at Stanford University, spending 16 weeks at Makerere Hospital in Uganda as part of the Global Health track. He subsequently obtained completed a Masters in Health Services Research at Stanford while acting as a fellow in health services research at the VA and Stanford's Center for Health Policy/Primary Care and Outcomes Research. He then completed fellowships in cardiology and advanced heart failure and transplant at Stanford before joining the faculty.

    He is an active heart failure researcher who focuses on health economics, the implementation of high-value care strategies, and comparative effectiveness. He is currently funded by a K23 career development award. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and teaching his son Kyle to play soccer (but not to head the ball).

  • Ashish Sarraju

    Ashish Sarraju

    Clinical Scholar, Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine
    Postdoctoral Scholar, Cardiovascular Medicine

    BioDr. Ashish Sarraju is a cardiologist and researcher at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Sarraju completed his medical education at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine where he was a Satter Foundation Scholar and a recipient of research and clinical awards. He went on to residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford, where he served as Chief Resident from 2017 to 2018, helping lead the residency training program. He subsequently completed a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Stanford, serving as Chief Cardiology Fellow during his final year of training, and was a recipient of awards during fellowship including the Edwin L. Alderman award for excellence in clinical research. Dr. Sarraju practices at Stanford and his clinical expertise spans the range of cardiovascular diseases but includes a particular interest in preventive cardiology, the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases and major risk factors including diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndromes and hyperlipidemia. As a researcher, his work includes a focus on preventive cardiology, health technology, and innovation and spans the following themes: 1) identifying contemporary gaps and disparities in preventive cardiology care; 2) innovation and implementation of advanced analytics, digital health, and health technology approaches for prevention, related to which he is an American Heart Association-funded researcher at Stanford through the Stanford Center for Digital Health; and 3) clinical trials.

  • Amelia Sattler

    Amelia Sattler

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsCurrently working on projects identifying effective use of actual patient encounters in undergraduate medical education. Specifically interested in the role of actual patient encounters in the training of shared decision making. Also interested in medical student empathy and physician wellness.

    Also working on many different projects in the realm of quality improvement and population health in the Division of Primary Care and Population Health.