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Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular) and of Radiology (Cardiovascular Imaging)
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
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)
BioKarim Sallam, MD, is trained in Cardiovascular Medicine and Advanced Heart Failure.
Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine - Gastroenterology & Hepatology
BioDr. Salles is a minimally invasive and bariatric surgeon. She completed medical school and residency in general surgery at Stanford prior to completing her fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. She stayed on faculty at Washington University for three years prior to moving back to Stanford. Dr. Salles obtained a PhD in education from Stanford University during her residency training, and her research focuses on gender equity, implicit bias, diversity, inclusion, and physician well-being. Dr. Salles became a COVID Frontliner in 2020 and served in ICUs in New York and Arizona. She has written and spoken about these experiences in popular press outlets such as Newsweek, NBC, and CBS. She is a sought-after speaker and has given over 80 national and international invited talks related to gender equity, physician well-being, and weight bias.
Giselle (Ghazal) Salmasi, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine - Hematology
BioDr. Salmasi is a board-certified, fellowship-trained hematologist. She treats patients in the Hematology Program and the Hematologic Cancer Program at Stanford Health Care. Dr. Salmasi is the associate clinical chief for classical hematology. She is also a clinical associate professor in the Division of Hematology, Department of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.
She treats a wide range of blood disorders and blood cancers. Her clinical/research interests include immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) and warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia (wAIHA). Dr. Salmasi understands that patients need social and emotional support along with medical care. She founded the earliest adolescent and young adult survivorship support groups in Santa Cruz, California, and Toronto, Canada. Dr. Salmasi is also dedicated to training future doctors in providing excellent hematologic care.
Dr. Salmasi was the medical co-investigator for a national phase 3 clinical trial of endovascular therapy for treating chronic venous thrombosis.
Her research has appeared in the Leukemia & Lymphoma journal and the Transfusion and Apheresis Science journal. Dr. Salmasi’s publications include articles and a chapter about lymphoma. She has also reviewed articles for the Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation journal and the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Dr. Salmasi is a member of the American Society of Hematology.
Fabian Sanchis Gomar
Visiting Instructor/Lecturer, Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine
BioDr. Fabián Sanchis Gomar (M.D., Ph.D.) has published more than 330 manuscripts in international peer-reviewed journals related to several topics, wide-ranging in cardiology, arrhythmias, aging, exercise, and oxidative stress. His most relevant works have been based on the molecular and physiopathological mechanisms implicated in various diseases and identifying potential novel biomarkers associated with those diseases' pathogenesis.
As a dedicated researcher in the field of arrhythmias and sports cardiology, his journey has been driven by a deep-seated passion for unraveling the complexities of the heart, particularly in the context of athletic performance. His fascination with the heart's rhythm and how it adapts to the extreme demands of sports began early in his career as a medical student, where he was captivated by the intricate balance between physical excellence and cardiac health.
Throughout his years in academia and research, Dr. Sanchis-Gomar has been privileged to work at the forefront of sports cardiology. This field sits at the fascinating intersection of cardiology and sports medicine. His post-doc research focused on the pathophysiology of arrhythmias in elite athletes, shedding light on how intense physical training can alter cardiac function and rhythm. This work laid the foundation for his subsequent research endeavors, which have been dedicated to understanding and preventing sports-related cardiac events.
One of the core objectives of his research has been to develop effective strategies for the early detection and management of arrhythmias in athletes. This pursuit has been academically fulfilling and deeply personal, as it stems from witnessing athletes face unexpected cardiac challenges. Another aspect of his career he holds in high regard is his role in educating and mentoring the next generation of researchers in the field. He firmly believes that the future of the field hinges on the enthusiastic and informed involvement of young professionals, and he takes great pride in sharing his knowledge and experiences with them.
Community engagement has also been a key component of his career. He has actively participated in numerous outreach programs to raise awareness about athlete heart health. These programs are about disseminating information and building a community of athletes, coaches, trainers, and healthcare professionals who are informed, vigilant, and proactive about cardiac health in sports.
As he looks to the future, he is excited by the endless possibilities in sports cardiology. The rapid advancements in technology and medicine promise new avenues for research and clinical application. He aims to continue contributing to this dynamic field by advancing scientific understanding and ensuring that this knowledge translates into better care and safer sports participation for athletes at all levels.