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Ilana Rachel Yurkiewicz
Postdoctoral Medical Fellow, Hematology
Fellow in Medicine
BioI am a fellow physician specializing in hematology and oncology. I spend my time directly caring for patients, advocating for them as a medical journalist, and researching ways to improve their lives.
My research focus is in hematological malignancies. I explore questions relating to clinical outcomes, quality of life, end-of-life communication, and novel therapeutics in acute leukemias.
As a writer, I strive to bridge the gaps between academic medicine and everyday lives. I am a former AAAS Mass Media Fellow, and as a medical student I created and wrote a blog column at Scientific American on the thoughts of a trainee. I now write the Hard Questions column at Hematology News. My writing has also appeared in Undark Magazine, Health Affairs, STAT News, Aeon Magazine, Science Progress, and The News & Observer and has been republished in The Atlantic and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2019 anthology.
I have an academic interest in bioethics. I interned with the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and I have done ethics research on return of incidental findings and physicians’ interpretations of code statuses. My ethics papers have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Penn Bioethics Journal, and Ivy Journal of Ethics.
I’ve also done research in genomics and bioinformatics and the use of telemedicine to augment subspecialty care.
Above all else, I am passionate about providing thoughtful, compassionate, and holistic care for my patients.
Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated) [Shc], Neurology
BioMaya Yutsis, Ph.D., ABPP-CN is a Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated) in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She is a neuropsychologist at the Stanford Alzheimer's Disease and Research Center (ADRC), Stanford Concussion and Sports Medicine Clinic, and Neuropsychology Service. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology at the Palo AltoUniversity in 2009, completed an APA approved clinical internship in neuropsychology at the Minneapolis VA Medical center and a two-year post doctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN in 2011. She received her board certification in Clinical Neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. Prior to coming to Stanford, she worked as a lead neuropsychologist at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program and Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) Telehealth Neuropsychology clinic and served as a director/preceptor of an APA-approved post-doctoral fellowship Neuropsychology Emphasis Area training program. She is currently a Newsletter Editor of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology, APA Division 40. Her research interests focus on computerized assessment and interventions for persons with acquired brain injury, sport-related concussion, and mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
PUBLICATIONS (Selected from 15)
Yam, A, Rickards, T, Pawlowski, C, Yutsis, M. (in Press). Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Approach for Functional Neurological Symptom (Conversion) Disorder: A Case Study. Rehabilitation Psychology
Duchnick, J, Ropacki, S.A., Yutsis, M.V., Petska, K., & Pawlowski, C.A., (2015). Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Programs: Comprehensive, holistic rehabilitation for community integration after brain injury. Psychological Services, 5.
Yochim, B, Beaudreau, S, Fairchild, JK, Yutsis, M, Raymond, N, Friedman, L, Yesavage, J. (2015). A Verbal Naming Test for use with older adults: Development and initial validation. Journal of International Neuropsychological Society, 21, 239-248.
Bergquist, T, Yutsis, M, Sullan, M. (2014). Satisfaction with cognitive rehabilitation delivered via the Internet in persons with acquired brain injury. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 6(2), 39-50.
Giese-Davis, J., Tamagawa, R., Yutsis, M., Twirbutt, S., Piemme, K., Neri, E., Taylor, C. B., Spiegel, D. (2012) Which symptoms matter? Self-report and observer discrepancies in repressors and high-anxious women with metastatic breast cancer. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Published online October 20, 2012.
Yutsis, M., Bergquist, T., Micklewright, J. Smigielski, J., Brown, A. (2012) Pre-treatment compensation use is a better correlate of activity limitations than cognitive impairment in persons with acquired brain injury. Brain Injury, 26(11),1297-1306.
Bergquist, T., Micklewright, J., Yutsis, M., Smigielski, J., Gehl, C., Brown, A. (2012) Achievement of client-centered goals by persons with acquired brain injury in comprehensive day treatment is associated with greater vocational and residential independence at discharge and 1 year follow-up. Brain Injury,26(11), 1307-1314
Forducey, PG, Glueckauf, RL, Bergquist, R, Maheu, MM, Yutsis, M (2012). Telehealth for persons with severe functional disabilities and their caregivers: Facilitating self-care management in a home setting. Psychological Services, 9(2), 144-162.