Bio


I grew up hiking in the Wasatch Mountains and, after completing college in Utah, I moved to Philadelphia to attend medical school at the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. After graduating in 2009, I came to Stanford for my general internal medicine internship and residency, was invited to stay as a chief resident in 2012, and then stayed again for oncology/hematology fellowship in 2013 before joining the faculty of the division of oncology in 2016. Here at Stanford I pursue my twin passions of providing excellent clinical care and mentoring the next generation of physicians.

I specialize in the care of patients who have gastrointestinal tumors, including tumors of the pancreas, large and small bowel, liver, and biliary tree. I have experience with rare GI tumors--including both intra and extra hepatic cholangiocarcinoma--and trained under Dr. Pamela Kunz, one of the country's leading experts in the care of patients with neuroendocrine tumors and have thus seen a large number of these patients, as well.

I am lucky to have a first rate medical team by my side consisting of a nurse coordinator, a nurse practitioner, and a physician assistant. We strive together to provide capable, compassionate, responsive care and make the care of our patients our highest priority.

In addition to patient care, I am a devoted medical teacher and have worked over the past five years to elevate the teaching of medicine at Stanford University, where I have taught medical students, residents, and fellows, including conducting a randomized, controlled trial hoping to optimize the way we teach communication skills to nascent physicians.

Fluent in Spanish, I have lived in both Mexico and Argentina and am comfortable in virtually all medical situations conversing fluently in Spanish without an interpreter. I especially enjoy providing care to patients who speak Spanish as a first language.

Clinical Focus


  • Oncology, specializing in the care of tumors of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Internal Medicine

Academic Appointments


Administrative Appointments


  • Assistant Director of Inpatient Oncology Service, Stanford University Hospital (2016 - Present)

Honors & Awards


  • Stanford Internal Medicine Residency Chief REsident, Stanford Internal Medicine Residency Program (2012-2013)
  • Heritage Scholar (4 year full tuition scholarship), Brigham Young University (1999-2005)
  • National Merit Scholar, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (1999)

Professional Education


  • Fellowship:Stanford University Hospital - Oncology/ Fellow (2016) CA
  • Residency:Stanford University GME (2013) CA
  • Board Certification: Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (2012)
  • Residency:Stanford University GME (2012) CA
  • Medical Education:University of Pennsylvania Registrar's Office (2009) PA

Community and International Work


  • HIV/TB care in South Africa

    Topic

    Serving patients with HIV and TB in South Africa

    Populations Served

    Indigent patients

    Location

    International

    Ongoing Project

    No

    Opportunities for Student Involvement

    No

  • Healthcare in Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Topic

    Providing Healthcare

    Populations Served

    BMT patients

    Location

    International

    Ongoing Project

    No

    Opportunities for Student Involvement

    No

All Publications


  • Bruton's tyrosine kinase inhibitors in chronic lymphocytic leukemia and lymphoma. Clinical advances in hematology & oncology : H&O Varma, G., Johnson, T. P., Advani, R. H. 2016; 14 (7): 543-554

    Abstract

    The development of Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitors and their introduction into clinical practice represent a major advance in the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and other B-cell lymphomas. Although ibrutinib is the only BTK inhibitor that has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, several others are under investigation. Ibrutinib is currently approved for use in relapsed/refractory CLL, CLL with 17p deletion (del[17p]), relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma, and Waldenström macroglobulinemia. Although it is clear that ibrutinib has altered treatment paradigms and outcomes in these diseases, several questions remain regarding (1) its role in frontline vs salvage therapy; (2) its use as a single agent vs in combination with biologic agents, other small molecules, or traditional chemoimmunotherapy; (3) the optimal duration of treatment; and (4) the treatment of patients who cannot tolerate or have disease resistant to ibrutinib. Because sparse clinical data are available on other BTK inhibitors, it is unclear at present whether their clinical efficacy and toxicity will differ from those of ibrutinib.

    View details for PubMedID 27379948

  • Throughput. Annals of internal medicine Johnson, T. 2011; 155 (2): 133-?