Dr. Natasha Abadilla is a resident in the Child Neurology Program at Stanford Health. She graduated form Stanford University with a B.A. in Human Biology in 2014 and spent two years in the public health system in Kenya, working with a grassroots NGO and a health tech social enterprise before starting medical school, then attended Stanford School of Medicine from 2016-2021. During her time at the SoM, she spent a research year assessing pediatric surgical outcomes among biliary atresia patients based on post-operative steroid regimens, and the effect of caregiver-healthcare provider concordance vs discordance in pediatric imperforate anus repair recovery times. Her interests include: community health, global health, patient education, and empowering the underserved communities to become active participants in their health care decisions.

Honors & Awards

  • MedScholars Research Grant, Stanford School of Medicine (2018-2019)
  • Human Biology Award for Excellent Honors Thesis Presentation, Stanford University Center for Teaching and Learning (2014)
  • Stanford University Award of Excellence, Stanford Alumni Association (2014)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Student Member, American Academy of Pediatrics (2020 - Present)
  • Student Member, American College of Surgeons (2017 - Present)
  • Contributing Writer, Stanford Medicine Scope Blog (2016 - Present)

Membership Organizations

  • SIG: Surgery Interest Group, Co-President 2017-2018
  • Pediatrics Interest Group, Student Member

Stanford Advisors

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

global health, public health, health disparities, pediatric surgery outcomes

All Publications

  • What constitutes a 'successful' recovery? Patient perceptions of the recovery process after a traumatic injury. Trauma surgery & acute care open Rosenberg, G., Zion, S. R., Shearer, E., Bereknyei Merrell, S., Abadilla, N., Spain, D. A., Crum, A. J., Weiser, T. G. 2020; 5 (1): e000427


    Background: As the number of patients surviving traumatic injuries has grown, understanding the factors that shape the recovery process has become increasingly important. However, the psychosocial factors affecting recovery from trauma have received limited attention. We conducted an exploratory qualitative study to better understand how patients view recovery after traumatic injury.Methods: This qualitative, descriptive study was conducted at a Level One university trauma center. Participants 1-3years postinjury were purposefully sampled to include common blunt-force mechanisms of injuries and a range of ages, socioeconomic backgrounds and injury severities. Semi-structured interviews explored participants' perceptions of self and the recovery process after traumatic injury. Interviews were transcribed verbatim; the data were inductively coded and thematically analyzed.Results: We conducted 15 interviews, 13 of which were with male participants (87%); average hospital length of stay was 8.9 days and mean injury severity score was 18.3. An essential aspect of the patient experience centered around the recovery of both the body and the 'self', a composite of one's roles, values, identities and beliefs. The process of regaining a sound sense of self was essential to achieving favorable subjective outcomes. Participants expressed varying levels of engagement in their recovery process, with those on the high end of the engagement spectrum tending to speak more positively about their outcomes. Participants described their own subjective interpretations of their recovery as most important, which was primarily influenced by their engagement in the recovery process and ability to recover their sense of self.Discussion: Patients who are able to maintain or regain a cohesive sense of self after injury and who are highly engaged in the recovery process have more positive assessments of their outcomes. Our findings offer a novel framework for healthcare providers and researchers to use as they approach the issue of recovery after injury with patients.Level of evidence: III-descriptive, exploratory study.

    View details for DOI 10.1136/tsaco-2019-000427

    View details for PubMedID 32154383

  • 10-Year Experience of Kasai Hepatoportoenterostomy in Biliary Atresia: High-Dose Adjuvant Steroids Improve Outcomes Taylor, J., Abadilla, N., Narayan, R., Pickering, J. M., Bruzoni, M. ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC. 2019: E164
  • Predicting Pathology from Imaging in Children Undergoing Resection of Congenital Pulmonary Malformations Narayan, R. R., Abadilla, N., Greenberg, D. R., Bruzoni, M. ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC. 2017: S154