Bio


Tiffany E. Chao, MD, MPH, FACS

Tiffany Chao is a board-certified general/trauma surgeon at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (affiliated) at Stanford Medical School, and a Faculty Fellow at the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health. She is a co-director of the undergraduate course HUMBIO 129S: Global Public Health and the medical school seminar SURG 236: Seminar in Global Surgery and Anesthesia, both Winter Quarter classes.

Prior to her current roles, she served as a Paul Farmer Global Surgery Research Fellow with Harvard Medical School's Program in Global Surgery and Social Change. There, she conducted cost-effectiveness analyses and pursued expansion of surgical delivery for indigent populations through surgical workforce and infrastructure development internationally, working primarily in Liberia, Kenya, and Haiti. She completed the CTSA/Lucile Packard Innovation Fellowship at Stanford Biodesign, eventually becoming a co-founder of Zenflow, Inc., a venture-backed medical device company working in minimally-invasive therapy for prostate disease.

Dr. Chao holds dual Bachelor's degrees in Symbolic Systems and Psychology from Stanford University, as well as MD and MPH degrees from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where she graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. She completed General Surgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.