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David Camacho Talavera
Clinical Instructor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
BioDr. David Talavera earned his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston where he worked in the Culture, Risk, and Reliance Lab. His research focused on examining the impact of race/ethnicity and acculturation in health outcomes and anxiety. His broader interests included developing culturally sensitive interventions for those suffering from chronic illness and pain. Dr. Talavera completed an APA-accredited Psychology Internship at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical school. He primarily worked at the Latino Mental Health Clinic, but also had rotations in Primary Care, the Acute Psychological Services, and the Psychology Emergency Services. It was at these sites where he gained added training in behavioral medicine, culturally competent care, and Spanish-language mental health services. Collectively, for Dr. Talavera, these experiences highlighted the critical role of race, ethnicity, and culture have on an individual’s experience of stress and health. As a result, he aims to incorporate these multicultural factors into his treatment and evaluation.
After internship, in 2019 he completed an APA-accredited Fellowship in Pain Psychology at Stanford University School of Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Pain. Dr. Talavera is currently a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Anesthesia and works in the Stanford Pain Management Center. Dr. Talavera's professional interests include expanding pain psychology treatment modalities for underrepresented groups and Spanish-speaking populations. He aims to expand these services within the Stanford Health Care system and continue to teach/supervise on multicultural factors within pain psychology.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
BioAs a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Gary Peltz’s lab, my project is focused on identifying and characterizing genetic factors affecting responses to drug of abuse. As a doctoral student, I used a multidisciplinary (neuroanatomical, physiological and behavioral) approach when I studied the effect of neuropeptide signaling on social behaviors. Now, as a postdoctoral trainee, I have acquired experience with transcriptomic and epigenetic methods for studying complex biologic processes. Therefore, I can utilize state-of-the art genetic, molecular and behavioral paradigms for characterizing genetic factors affecting responses to drugs of abuse, and for identifying potential new preventative treatments for drug addiction.
Clinical Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
BioI am a Clinical Professor in the Department of Anesthesia, Stanford University Medical School. I am Brazilian and completed medical school, anesthesia training, and my PhD in Brazil. I came to Stanford University for a sabbatical year in 2007. It was a great fit on both sides, and I decided on a long-term career at Stanford. I graduated from “The Master of Academic Medicine program” at University of Southern California in 2014. I am now in my fifth-year doctoral program in education at University of Illinois at Chicago
At Stanford I have been involved with the resident education not only direct supervision, but by initiating and working on several educational projects (Development and implementation of OSCEs, new lecture format “ libero”, Assessing the Workplace Culture and Learning Climate, and use of Entrustable Professional Activities as a framework for assessment for learning). I currently serve as one of the Associate Designated Institutional Official, Associate Residency Program Directors, Chair of the Education Committee; Co-Director of Teaching Scholars Program. My clinical activity has focused on anesthesia for orthopedic surgery, particularly orthopedic total joint replacements. My areas of interest are: Developing, leading and evaluating programs; Designing curricula and assessing learners and Designing, implementing and studying innovations.
Clerkship Program Coordinator, Anesthesia
Current Role at StanfordClerkship Program Coordinator
Department of Anesthesia
Stanford University School of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine (Adult Pain)
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy overall research interest is to understand how the immune system interacts with the nervous system after injury to promote the transition from acute to chronic pain. In my clinical practice I care for patients with persistent pain that often occurs after minor trauma such as fracture or surgery. Using basic science approaches including whole system immune phenotyping with mass cytometry and genetic manipulation of peripheral and central immune cells, we seek to dissect the temporal and tissue-specific contribution of these cells to either promotion or inhibition of healing.