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  • Frederick M. Dirbas, MD

    Frederick M. Dirbas, MD

    Associate Professor of Surgery (General Surgery)

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy research interests are focused on minimizing the impact of breast cancer from a diagnostic and therapuetic standpoint. Breast MRI is a powerful tool to facilitate the screening for and staging of breast cancer, and can be valuable adjunct to guide breast surgery. Oncoplastic surgical techniques optimize cosmesis after breast cancer surgery. Accelerated radiotherapy after lumpectomy decreases radiotherapy treatment times from 6 weeks to just 1 to 5 days.

  • Monica M. Dua, MD

    Monica M. Dua, MD

    Clinical Associate Professor, Surgery - General Surgery

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsTechnical aspects of minimally invasive pancreatic and liver surgery
    Minimally invasive strategies for the management of pancreatic necrosis
    Management of severe acute pancreatitis – academic vs community treatment
    Multidisciplinary treatment of HCC; institutional barriers to appropriate referral/ care
    Endocrine/exocrine insufficiency after pancreatectomy; volumetric assessment
    Natural history and management of pancreatic cysts

  • Dan Eisenberg, MD, MS

    Dan Eisenberg, MD, MS

    Associate Professor of Surgery (General Surgery)

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMinimally Invasive Surgery
    Metabolic-Bariatric Surgery

  • Micaela Esquivel, MD

    Micaela Esquivel, MD

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery - General Surgery

    BioDr. Esquivel is a board-certified, fellowship-trained bariatric and minimally invasive surgeon. She is a clinical assistant professor of surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also the director of community engagement and outreach for the Stanford Department of Surgery.

    Specialties of Dr. Esquivel include foregut surgery and bariatric surgery. She performs robotic surgery as well as therapeutic surgical endoscopy.

    She is actively building the Bariatric Endoscopy Program of Stanford Health Care. Her goal is to offer procedures such as endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty and endoscopic suturing of the gastric pouch and outlet after gastric bypass for patients experiencing weight regain.

    Dr. Esquivel has a great interest in helping everyone access the care they need. She values work that minimizes disparities and promotes health equity. As the director of community engagement and outreach for the Stanford Department of Surgery, she is committed to working directly with community organizations to ensure long-term changes are sustained. Dr. Esquivel’s role also allows her to form long-term partnerships and collaborate to implement and oversee programs for underserved populations.
    Research interests of Dr. Esquivel range from the global, like minimum rates of surgery to support desirable outcomes, to the more specific, such as weight loss before bariatric surgery. She has studied access to surgical care in California, as well as access to care in Zambia, Guatemala, and other countries.

    Dr. Esquivel has made numerous presentations on surgical care access, among other topics, at conferences including the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, Academic Surgical Congress, and the UK’s Royal Society of Medicine. In addition, she has written more than two dozen articles on topics such as surgical outcomes, weight loss before bariatric surgery, and global access to surgical services. Her work has appeared in JAMA, the World Journal of Surgery, Journal of Surgical Research, Journal of Surgical Education, Lancet, and elsewhere.

    Among her many honors, Dr. Esquivel has won the prestigious Samuel L. Kountz Humanitarian Award, awarded to a Stanford resident distinguished by professionalism, compassion, and respect for the dignity of others—attributes shared by the late Dr. Kountz, a trailblazing surgeon and the first African American surgical resident at Stanford. Dr. Esquivel also won the Resident Research Award of the Year in Stanford General Surgery and the Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award from Stanford’s Hispanic Center for Excellence.

    In addition to serving as the director of community engagement and outreach, Dr. Esquivel directs the “Service Through Surgery: Surgeons with an Impact” course in the Stanford University School of Medicine and is the co-chair of the Stanford Department of Surgery Diversity Cabinet.

  • Joseph (Joe) D Forrester MD MSc FAWM

    Joseph (Joe) D Forrester MD MSc FAWM

    Assistant Professor of Surgery (General Surgery)

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsI am broadly interested in research exploring the care of the injured patient both in high- and low-resource settings. I have specific on-going projects assessing surgical site infection surveillance in low-resource settings, and surgical management of acute and chronic non-union rib fractures.

  • David Steven Foulad

    David Steven Foulad

    Clinical Scholar, Surgery - General Surgery

    BioDr. David Foulad completed his medical school training at UCLA, and his general surgery residency at Loma Linda University. He is currently a fellow in Breast Surgical Oncology at Stanford Health Care.

  • John V. Gahagan, MD, FACS

    John V. Gahagan, MD, FACS

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery - General Surgery

    BioJohn Gahagan, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Section of Colorectal Surgery. He has extensive training in advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques including robotic and laparoscopic surgery. He has authored several textbook chapters and original articles in peer-reviewed journals. His clinical practice is focused on the surgical treatment of colon and rectal cancers, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease), and benign colon and anorectal diseases (diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, fistulas, fissures). He believes in patient-centered care and multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of diseases of the colon, rectum and anus. He joined Stanford in 2019 and is excited to build a Stanford colorectal surgery practice in the East Bay at Stanford – ValleyCare in Pleasanton and at Stanford Health Care – Emeryville.

  • Teodor Grantcharov

    Teodor Grantcharov

    Professor of Surgery (General Surgery)

    BioDr. Teodor Grantcharov completed his surgical training at the University of Copenhagen, and a doctoral degree in Medical Sciences at the University of Aarhus in Denmark.
    Dr. Grantcharov is a Professor of Surgery at Stanford University and Associated Chief Quality Officer for Innovation and Safety at Stanford Healthcare.

    Prior to joining Stanford, Dr. Grantcharov was a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto and Keenan Chair in Surgery at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. He was the Founder of the International Centre for Surgical Safety – a multidisciplinary group of visionary scientists with expertise in design, human factors, computer- and data science, and healthcare research. He previously held Canada Research Chair in Simulation and Surgical Safety and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II diamond jubilee medal for his contributions to clinical research and patient safety in Canada. Dr. Grantcharov was awarded the honorary fellowship of the Imperial College in London, the honorary fellowships of the Bulgarian, Danish and Brazilian surgical societies, the Spinoza Chair in Surgery from the University of Amsterdam and multiple national and international awards for his contributions to surgical education and surgical safety.

    Dr. Grantcharov’s clinical interest is the area of minimally invasive surgery, while his academic focus is in the field of surgical innovation and patient safety. He has become internationally recognized as a leader in this area with his work on curriculum design, assessment of competence and impact of surgical performance on clinical outcomes. Dr. Grantcharov developed the surgical Black Box concept, which aims to transform the safety culture in medicine and introduce modern safety management systems in the high-risk operating room environment.

    Dr. Grantcharov has more than 220 peer-reviewed publications and more than 200 invited presentations in Europe, South- and North America. He holds several patents and is the Founder of Surgical Safety Technologies Inc – an academic startup that commercializes the OR Black Box platform. He sits on numerous committees with Surgical Professional Societies in North America and Europe.

  • Brooke Gurland, MD, FACS

    Brooke Gurland, MD, FACS

    Clinical Professor, Surgery - General Surgery

    BioPelvic floor and functional bowel disorders refer to a series of symptoms and anatomic findings that effect men and women of all ages. These may include: constipation, difficult evacuation, fecal incontinence, irritable bowel disorders, diarrhea, pelvic organ prolapse, urinary and sexual dysfunction and pain. Although not life threatening, these disorders can severely affect quality of life and individual performance.

    Over the past two decades I have dedicated my career to working with other specialists for comprehensive care for individuals with pelvic floor disorders. In July 2017, I joined The Department of Surgery, Division of Colorectal Surgery at Stanford University as the Medical Director of the Pelvic Health Center. I previously spent the prior decade at Cleveland Clinic running a multidisciplinary clinic and performing over 200 combined procedures in conjunction with colleagues in urology and urogynecology. We developed a robotic surgical approach to woman with vaginal and rectal prolapse and performed many surgeries to repair intestinal and rectal fistula (abnormal communications between the intestine and vagina).

    Prior to that I established a Pelvic Floor Center at Maimonides Medical Center received a Jahnigan Career Development Award looking at multicompartment prolapse in elderly women. In addition to performing surgery and teaching throughout my career, I have maintained a commitment to long-term follow up of patients after surgery.
    Although my training and focus is around surgical techniques and solutions for anorectal disorders and pelvic health, I believe that prevention, non-surgical alternatives, diet, exercise, and behavior management are vitally important to patient success.

    One of my many goals is to educate patients, health care providers, and trainees about pelvic floor disorders.
    When I am not at work I enjoy quality time with my three teenagers, dog, friends and I practice yoga.

  • Michelle Hauser, MD, MD, MPA, FACP, FACLM

    Michelle Hauser, MD, MD, MPA, FACP, FACLM

    Clinical Associate Professor, Surgery - General Surgery
    Clinical Associate Professor (By courtesy), Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsPrimary care physician, prevention researcher, medical educator and classically-trained chef who combines these fields to move people away from diets that lead to chronic disease and toward eating delicious food that promotes health and well-being.