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Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine)
Current Research and Scholarly Interests1. Development and evaluation of prognostic and diagnostic integral biomarkers in PAH.
2. Prevalence and Treatment of Insulin Resistance in PAH.
3. Role of inflammation and proteomic signature in PAH
4. Development of novel therapeutics (bench to bedside) including FK506 & Elastase Inhibition in PAH.
5. Assessment of Vasoreactivity (gain and loss) in pulmonary arterial hypertension
6. Assessment of microvascular function in PAH.
James L. Zehnder, M.D.
Professor of Pathology (Research) and of Medicine (Hematology)
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy main research and clinical interests include molecular pathogenesis of acquired cytopenias, genetic testing for inherited non-malignant hematologic disorders, next-generation sequencing approaches to T and B cell clonality testing, somatic mutations in cancer and assessment of minimal residual disease in cancer patients.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine
BioDr. Zhang obtained her MS in Neuroscience from the University of Southern California and earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Emory University. She completed both her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine. Prior to joining Stanford in 2023, Dr. Zhang supported survivors of interpersonal violence at the University of California San Francisco Trauma Recovery Center for over seven years. Dr. Zhang embraces an integrative, contextualized, evidence-informed, and strength-based approach to teaching, supervision, and clinical care. She provides services in English and Mandarin.
Tian Yi Zhang, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology)
BioDr. Zhang is a board-certified hematologist. She is also an assistant professor of hematology at Stanford University School of Medicine. In addition to her medical degree, she holds a PhD in cellular and molecular immunology.
In her clinical practice, she treats patients with all forms of hematological malignancies, offering specialized expertise in acute myeloid leukemia, including therapy-resistant cases. For each patient, she develops a personalized care plan encompassing novel treatment options.
Her research activities include conducting early phase clinical trials, investigator initiated clinical trials (IITs), studying the immune repertoire in patients with myeloid malignancies, and exploring cholesterol metabolic dependencies of acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
She was the recipient of an A.P. Giannini Foundation fellowship award, which supports innovative research. The award helped fund Dr. Zhang’s study of how AML cells interact with other cells in bone marrow. A significant finding confirmed that AML cells secrete a protein that suppresses the production of red blood cells, the same protein that causes inflammation in disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease.
Her many other honors include the National Cancer Institute Career Development (K08) Award, the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Research Training Award for Fellows, Stanford Cancer Institute - American Cancer Society (SCI-ACS) Pilot Grant and Best ASH Abstract Award two years in a row. She also has earned recognition from the National Institutes of Health and American College of Physicians.
She has published her research findings on topics such as advanced therapy for high-risk myelodysplastic syndromes and reversal of bone marrow failure induced by AML. Her work has appeared in Leukemia & Lymphoma, Science Translational Medicine, Cancer Research, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Journal of Immunology, and elsewhere.
Dr. Zhang is a member of the American Association of Cancer Research and American Society of Hematology. She advises and mentors Stanford medical students, residents and fellows. She delivers invited lectures to faculty and fellows. In addition, she has been an invited speaker on the topic of acute myeloid leukemia at the Association of Northern California Oncologists Update on Hematological Malignancies.
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)
BioDr. Zhu is an Assistant Professor of Medicine whose clinical and research expertise focuses on cardio-oncology and cardio-immunology. She specializes in the cardiovascular care of patients undergoing therapies for cancer, with a particular focus on the effects of immunotherapies on the heart. She received a bioengineering degree from MIT, medical degree from Case Western Reserve University, and completed clinical cardiology fellowship and internal medicine residency training at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Zhu’s laboratory focuses on myocarditis, cardiac inflammation, and the effects of cancer therapeutics on the cardiovascular system. Her current research employs clinical data, bio-banked samples, and in vivo/in vitro preclinical models in combination with single-cell technologies to study immune-based toxicities in the heart. Dr. Zhu's clinic sees cardio-oncology and cardio-immunology patients and her lab focuses on devising new methods for minimizing cardiovascular complications in the cancer and autoimmune patient populations.
Susan Ziolkowski, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Nephrology
BioDr. Ziolkowski is a board-certified nephrologist with a passion for caring for persons with chronic kidney disease. She is a clinical assistant professor in the Stanford Department of Medicine’s Division of Nephrology and has a special focus on treating patients with cancer and kidney disease. She is active both in research and teaching endeavors to further advance this field.
She provides patient care at the Stanford Health Care kidney clinics in Palo Alto and Emeryville. For each patient, she prepares a care plan that is comprehensive, compassionate, and personalized to individual needs. Her goal is to help every patient achieve the best possible health and quality of life.
Dr. Ziolkowski has co-authored articles on her research findings in the American Journal of Kidney Disease, Journal of Renal Nutrition, Peritoneal Dialysis International, and other journals. She has made presentations to her peers at meetings of the American Society of Nephrology, National Association for Research in Science Teaching, and other professional organizations.
She enjoys running, yoga, skiing and getting outdoors.
Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) at the Stanford University Medical Center, Emeritus
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsDr. Zolopas research applies a variety of clinical epidemiologic methods in an effort to optimize antiretroviral therapy and understand the impact of drug resistance on response to ARV. Areas of focus include the clinical application of resistance testing in optimizing antiretroviral therapy, clinical cohorts, trials of antiretroviral therapies and population-based epidemiologic evaluation of HIV resistance and efficacy of ARV therapy. More recently studies focused on premature aging in HIV.