Clinical Focus

  • Internal Medicine
  • Inpatient Medicine
  • Bedside Exam
  • Medical Communications
  • Technology in Medicine

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Professor, Medicine

Administrative Appointments

  • Director, Stanford Medicine 25, Program for Bedside Medicine (2008 - Present)
  • Director of Communications, Department of Medicine (2014 - Present)

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (2022)
  • Medical Education: New York Medical College Registrar (2008) NY
  • Residency: Stanford University Hospital -Clinical Excellence Research Center (2011) CA

All Publications

  • Detailed characterization of hospitalized patients infected with the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2. Journal of internal medicine Ozdalga, E., Ahuja, N., Sehgal, N., Hom, J., Weng, Y., Pinsky, B., Schulman, K. A., Collins, W. 2022

    View details for DOI 10.1111/joim.13501

    View details for PubMedID 35417053

  • Constrictive Pericarditis Revealing Rare Case of ALH Amyloidosis With Underlying Lymphoplasmacytic Lymphoma (Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia). JACC. Case reports Ho, V. V., O'Sullivan, J. W., Collins, W. J., Ozdalga, E., Bell, C. F., Shah, N. D., Krishnam, M. S., Ozawa, M. G., Witteles, R. M. 2022; 4 (5): 271-275


    We present a case of pericardial amyloidosis with associated lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma in a patient with chronic worsening shortness of breath and cough. This case highlights the wide variation in the presentation of cardiac amyloidosis, and the rare occurrence of clinically significant light-chain and heavy-chain amyloidosis in the pericardium.(Level of Difficulty: Advanced.).

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jaccas.2022.01.007

    View details for PubMedID 35257101

  • The Road Back to the Bedside. JAMA Elder, A., Chi, J., Ozdalga, E., Kugler, J., Verghese, A. 2020; 323 (17): 1672–73

    View details for DOI 10.1001/jama.2020.2764

    View details for PubMedID 32369130

  • The physical examination, including point of care technology, is an important part of the diagnostic process and should be included in educational interventions to improve clinical reasoning DIAGNOSIS Garibaldi, B. T., Kugler, J., Goyal, A., Ozdalga, E., Niessen, T., Liu, G., Manesh, R., Desai, S., Elder, A. 2019; 6 (3): 299–300
  • The physical examination, including point of care technology, is an important part of the diagnostic process and should be included in educational interventions to improve clinical reasoning. Diagnosis (Berlin, Germany) Garibaldi, B. T., Kugler, J., Goyal, A., Ozdalga, E., Niessen, T., Liu, G., Manesh, R., Desai, S., Elder, A. 2018

    View details for PubMedID 30375346

  • A 15-year review of the Stanford Internal Medicine Residency Program: predictors of resident satisfaction and dissatisfaction ADVANCES IN MEDICAL EDUCATION AND PRACTICE Kahn, J. S., Witteles, R. M., Mahaffey, K. W., Desai, S. A., Ozdalga, E., Heidenreich, P. A. 2017; 8: 559–66


    Satisfaction with training and with educational experiences represents important internal medicine (IM) programmatic goals. Graduates from IM residency programs are uniquely poised to provide insights into their educational and training experiences and to assess whether these experiences were satisfactory and relevant to their current employment.We surveyed former IM residents from the training program held during the years 2000-2015 at the Department of Medicine, Stanford University. The first part of the survey reviewed the IM residency program and the second part sought identifying data regarding gender, race, ethnicity, work, relationships, and financial matters. The primary outcome was satisfaction with the residency experience.Of the 405 individuals who completed the Stanford IM residency program in the study period, we identified 384 (95%) former residents with a known email address. Two hundred and one (52%) former residents responded to the first part and 185 (48%) answered both the parts of the survey. The mean age of the respondents was 36.9 years; 44% were female and the mean time from IM residency was 6.1 (±4.3) years. Fifty-eight percent reported extreme satisfaction with their IM residency experience. Predictors associated with being less than extremely satisfied included insufficient outpatient experience, insufficient international experience, insufficient clinical research experience, and insufficient time spent with family and peers.The residents expressed an overall high satisfaction rate with their IM training. The survey results provided insights for improving satisfaction with IM residency training that includes diversifying and broadening IM training experiences.

    View details for PubMedID 28814910

  • Integrating Mobile Fitness Trackers Into the Practice of Medicine. American journal of lifestyle medicine Ahuja, N., Ozdalga, E., Aaronson, A. 2017; 11 (1): 77–79


    Mobile fitness trackers are increasingly used by patients as a means to become more involved in their own self-care; however, these devices measure disparate outcomes that may have equivocal relevance to true health status. It is vital for physicians to interpret both the quality and accuracy of the information that these trackers provide, and it is important to delineate which role, if any, these devices may serve in promoting quality patient care in the future. Potential benefits of mobile fitness trackers include the ability to motivate patients toward a healthier lifestyle, to develop a community of like-minded individuals seeking to improve their health, as well as to create an environment of sustainability and accountability for long-term promotion of health maintenance. However, limitations include the fact that mobile fitness trackers are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, that the employed metrics are not necessarily the best surrogates for true health status, and that the accuracy of measured endpoints has not yet been proven. As mobile fitness trackers both continue to rise in popularity and become increasingly sophisticated, physicians must be equipped to interpret and use this technology to better serve patients within an ever-changing, more technology-reliant health care system.

    View details for PubMedID 30202316

  • Large Morel-Lavallée lesion presenting as fungating mass with skin ulceration. Journal of clinical orthopaedics and trauma Ryan, C. E., Wachtel, S., Leef, G., Ozdalga, E. 2016; 7: 103-105


    A Morel-Lavallée lesion, a type of soft tissue degloving injury that has also been referred to as a chronic expanding hematoma, is a relatively rare condition that usually develops following traumatic injury. Here, we present a case of a 60-year-old male with a Morel-Lavallée lesion diagnosed over 5 years after a traumatic injury of the hip. He presented with a large fungating mass and overlying skin ulceration, which was highly suspicious for sarcoma. However, lack of other systemic findings and constitutional complaints, as well as negative imaging studies, did not support a diagnosis of malignancy. This information, combined with the history of remote trauma to the affected area, instead led us to suspect the alternative diagnosis of a Morel-Lavallée lesion. The diagnosis was later confirmed by pathology showing a chronic expanding hematoma. To our knowledge, a Morel-Lavallée lesion presenting as a fungating mass has not been previously described.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jcot.2016.05.008

    View details for PubMedID 28018085

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  • A Case of Meningococcal Pyomyositis in an Otherwise Healthy Adult. Open forum infectious diseases Barakat, M. T., Gajurel, K., Fischer, K., Stevens, K., Ozdalga, E., Montoya, J. G. 2016; 3 (3): ofw087-?


    The clinical spectrum of Neisseria meningitidis can range from nasopharyngeal colonization to life-threatening invasive diseases such as meningitis. However, its etiologic role in invasive pyomyositis (PM) has never been reported before in the English language. In this study, we report the first case of PM in the English language and the second case in the literature caused by N meningitidis.

    View details for PubMedID 27703989

  • The Five-Minute Moment. American journal of medicine Chi, J., Artandi, M., Kugler, J., Ozdalga, E., Hosamani, P., Koehler, E., Osterberg, L., Zaman, J., Thadaney, S., Elder, A., Verghese, A. 2016; 129 (8): 792-795


    In today's hospital and clinic environment, the obstacles to bedside teaching both for faculty and trainees are considerable. As Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems become increasingly prevalent, trainees are spending more time performing patient care tasks from computer workstations, limiting opportunities to learn at the bedside. Physical examination skills are rarely emphasized and low confidence levels, especially in junior faculty, pose additional barriers to teaching the bedside exam.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.amjmed.2016.02.020

    View details for PubMedID 26972793

  • A Case of Meningococcal Pyomyositis in an Otherwise Healthy Adult OPEN FORUM INFECTIOUS DISEASES Barakat, M. T., Gajurel, K., Fischer, K., Stevens, K., Ozdalga, E., Montoya, J. G. 2016; 3 (3)
  • The Medical Education of Generation Y. Academic psychiatry Evans, K. H., Ozdalga, E., Ahuja, N. 2016; 40 (2): 382-385

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s40596-015-0399-5

    View details for PubMedID 26283527

  • The Medical Education of Generation Y Academic Psychiatry Evans, K. H., Ozdalga, E., Ahuja, N. 2015
  • A piece of my mind. The road back to the bedside. JAMA-the journal of the American Medical Association Elder, A., Chi, J., Ozdalga, E., Kugler, J., Verghese, A. 2013; 310 (8): 799-800

    View details for DOI 10.1001/jama.2013.227195

    View details for PubMedID 23982364

  • The Smartphone in Medicine: A Review of Current and Potential Use Among Physicians and Students JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INTERNET RESEARCH Ozdalga, E., Ozdalga, A., Ahuja, N. 2012; 14 (5)


    Advancements in technology have always had major impacts in medicine. The smartphone is one of the most ubiquitous and dynamic trends in communication, in which one's mobile phone can also be used for communicating via email, performing Internet searches, and using specific applications. The smartphone is one of the fastest growing sectors in the technology industry, and its impact in medicine has already been significant.To provide a comprehensive and up-to-date summary of the role of the smartphone in medicine by highlighting the ways in which it can enhance continuing medical education, patient care, and communication. We also examine the evidence base for this technology.We conducted a review of all published uses of the smartphone that could be applicable to the field of medicine and medical education with the exclusion of only surgical-related uses.In the 60 studies that were identified, we found many uses for the smartphone in medicine; however, we also found that very few high-quality studies exist to help us understand how best to use this technology.While the smartphone's role in medicine and education appears promising and exciting, more high-quality studies are needed to better understand the role it will have in this field. We recommend popular smartphone applications for physicians that are lacking in evidence and discuss future studies to support their use.

    View details for DOI 10.2196/jmir.1994

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    View details for PubMedID 23017375

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  • Histoplasmosis Presenting with Ulcers on the Soft Palate JOURNAL OF GENERAL INTERNAL MEDICINE Ozdalga, E., Gratzinger, D. 2012; 27 (9): 1219-1219

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s11606-012-2042-4

    View details for Web of Science ID 000307511300024

    View details for PubMedID 22539064

    View details for PubMedCentralID PMC3515000