2018 Department of Medicine Teaching Awards

2018 Teaching Award recipients 

The Department of Medicine's annual teaching awards are a terrific opportunity to celebrate excellent teachers and mentors in every division. 

The 2018 Teaching Awards were presented by Department Chair Bob Harrington, MD, at Medicine Grand Rounds on April 11. Each division honored at least one of its teachers. As Harrington pointed out, these teachers ranged from new hires to senior teachers (although he tactfully neglected to point out which was which), from "frequent fliers" to new members of the department team. We congratulate all of the 2018 recipients.

Mike Higgins, MD

Adjunct Professor, Biomedical Informatics Research

"Mike Higgins takes his teaching responsibilities very seriously.  Each year, Mike volunteers to offer a 10-week class in medical decision making that attracts both graduate students and medical students who wish to understand formal decision theory as applied to clinical problems.  Mike teaches this class single-handedly, spends hours grading students’ work and giving them detailed feedback, and shows remarkable dedication to the teaching mission of the Division.” – Mark Musen, Director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research

David Miklos, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Blood and Marrow Transplantation

"David is an inspired teacher whose enthusiasm for the topics of bone marrow transplantation, immunology and cellular therapy is infectious." – Robert Negrin, Chief of Blood and Marrow Transplantation

Bill Fearon, MD

Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine

Bill is the Director of Interventional Cardiology at Stanford Hospital and the Cath Lab Director at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. He is a highly successful Interventional Cardiologist and Clinical Investigator. He has a long history as a superb educator. Following his Medicine residency at Stanford, he served as Chief Resident. Similarly, while a Cardiovascular Medicine fellow here, he was selected as Chief Fellow. His teaching evaluations – from first year fellows through advanced Interventional fellows – are uniformly outstanding. Although he is technically superior in the lab, he is calm and patient. He takes extra time during a case to teach the fellows, and always gives them a chance to do the procedure before stepping in.

Karim Sallam, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine

Karim is a member of the Heart Failure/Transplant group, and is Director of Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation at the Palo Alto VA. He also has a longstanding commitment to education, having served as a Medicine Chief Resident and a Cardiovascular Medicine Chief Fellow. Karim possesses an extraordinary fund of medical knowledge, and is a superb clinician. Despite being a member of a clinically demanding subspecialty, he is a very successful young investigator. He is acknowledged by the fellows as a superior educator within Cardiovascular Medicine. Furthermore, despite being a relatively young faculty member himself, he spends considerable time mentoring fellows and junior faculty.

Marina Basina, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Endocrinology, Gerontology, and Metabolism

  • “Dr. Basina won again this year, as she has for a number of years, because of comments from fellows like these:
  • Amazing attending with unbeatable work ethic. No matter how busy her days are (and they are usually quite busy), she is always willing to take time to discuss anything and everything whether it is about an interesting case or life in general. Also so knowledgeable about both breadth and depth of topics.
  • Dr Basina is an amazing attending and amazing person. She works tirelessly and always willing to help. Despite her many responsibilities, she always prioritizes teaching for fellows.
  • She is simply amazing and inspiring.
  • Dr Basina is consistently the most dedicated attending that we work with as fellows. She has made a commitment to education and is a wonderful teacher.
  • Dr Basina is an asset to our program and a role model."

Frederic Kraemer, Chief of Endocrinology, Gerontology, and Metabolism

John Clarke, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology

"Dr. Clarke exemplifies kind, compassionate care and interactions with patients and trainees alike that I aspire to bring to my clinical practice.  He is very approachable, knowledgeable, dedicated to education, and has an enthusiasm for gastroenterology that is contagious."

--Thomas Zikos, MD, Gastroenterology, Second-Year Hepatology and Advanced Endoscopy Fellow

Stanley Schrier, MD

Professor Emeritus, Hematology

"Dr. Stan Schrier has been deeply committed to education and training of the fellows, residents, and medical students in the Division of Hematology. His knowledge of clinical hematology is encyclopedic and he delights in sharing his insights with our trainees. Notably, Dr. Schrier donates his time to lead microscope rounds for the review of bone marrow and blood smears critical to the work of a hematologist. He is beloved by the members of the division, and we are thrilled to honor him with this award.” – Ravi Majeti, Chief of Hematology

Akanksha Thakur, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine

"Akanksha did her residency in internal medicine at Stanford and then went on to be one of our chief residents. She did a superb job in clinical teaching. As a hospitalist, she continues to emphasize the importance of bedside medicine to her learners (medical students and residents). She is well respected for her strong fund of medical knowledge and her compassionate approach to clinical care." – Neera Ahuja, Chief of Hospital Medicine

Neha Shah, MD

Clinical Instructor, Immunology and Rheumatology

Shah's clinical and research interests lie in Integrative Rheumatology, healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole patient, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies, including those outside the realm of allopathic medicine. Specifically, she's interested in exploring the impact of diet/nutrition/botanicals on inflammation as it pertains to rheumatic diseases such as gout, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriatic arthritis and other autoimmune conditions, as well as studying the impact of other lifestyle approaches such as mindful meditation, sleep, yoga, stress reduction, etc. on disease burden and quality of life of patients with rheumatic diseases.

Aarthi Chary, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases

Quotes from fellows:

"Hands down one of my favorite attendings. She is extremely pleasant, devoted to her patients and families and extremely caring." 

"One of the best attendings I have ever worked with. She is intelligent, thorough, compassionate and tireless. A perfect role model for everyone--not just fellows."

Colin Lenihan, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Nephrology

“Dr. Lenihan exhibits a love for clinical medicine unparalleled among the faculty in our division. It is this your joy that translates into his exceptional teaching. That, along with his brilliant mind and Irish brogue!” -Glenn Chertow, Chief of Nephrology

Neel Gupta, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Oncology

"Neel Gupta is a member of our Lymphoma group, where he works as part of our internationally-renowned clinical and research group. As a dedicated CE is a superb role model for young physicians, and a great teacher." -George Sledge, Jr. Chief of Oncology

Suleiman Massarweh, MD

Associate Professor, Oncology

“Suleiman Massarweh is an excellent breast cancer physician and researcher, who recently finished a term as fellowship director. In that role, he significantly revamped fellowship education, increasing opportunities for and mentoring of our trainees. His dedication to education of our trainees is well known."-George Sledge, Jr. Chief of Oncology

Sanjay Basu, MD

Assistant Professor, Primary Care and Outcomes Research

"Sanjay’s teaching and research cover a remarkable breadth of topics, including modeling, outcomes research, epidemiology, and health services research. We thank him for the terrific contributions to our training, education, and research activities. He is able to translate his deep understanding of methods to make topics accessible to a broad audience, which is invaluable for our trainees at all levels." -Doug Owens, Chief of Primary Care and Outcomes Research

Ian Nelligan, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Primary Care and Population Health

  • “Ian has done tremendous work and has put in countless hours transforming the PA program.”
  • “As the Associate Medical Director for the Stanford MSPA program, Dr. Nelligan is helping to develop a new and innovative PA curriculum at Stanford. In addition to his role as an E4C Associate and course director with SHIELD, he wears many hats with the MSPA program, including the course director for Principles of Clinical Medicine, the Director of the Community Health Scholarly Concentration, and leading team responsible for early clinical experiences. In his work developing novel curriculum and bringing new ideas to medical education over the past year, he has collaborated across the Department of Medicine, School of Business, and with successful tech startups. Dr. Nelligan has partnered with ScholarRx, a digital learning platform for medical and PA students; DialedIn, a cloud-based learning ecosystem, as well as Dr. On Demand. These partnerships are bringing new technologies to the classroom, augmenting the learning ecosystem, improving test preparation, assisting with clinical skills development, and ensuring that Stanford students have the highest quality and leading edge educational experience.”
  • “Ian is involved in both medical student and PA teaching and in novel ways. He works incredibly hard and creatively on new curriculum. I have also witnessed his teaching on the floor and he sets the bar high in terms of setting expectations and at the same time educating our learners.”


Peter Pompei, MD

Clinical Professor, Primary Care and Population Health

  • “Peter is an outstanding teacher and mentor in the School of Medicine. He has consistently mentored around 25-30 medical students each year as his role as Educators for CARE faculty. He has an outstanding teacher and role models compassion and care. He is consistently teaching residents in his role as resident preceptor in outpatient clinic and he also role models humanistic care in his geriatrics practice.”
  • “The best SIME attending, Dr. Pompei is effective at teaching medicine both regarding the actual practice as well as how to be a model physician. A role model.”


Grace Yu, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Primary Care and Population Health

  • She is our program director and clinical instructor. She has brought many positive changes to our program and continues to look for ways to improve our training and education. She commits herself fully to the health and wellbeing of our residents; she goes out of her way to make sure that we are staying well and not burning out. Her teaching is also excellent, with frequent use of materials that she creates herself. She has also initiated a new learning module that we do roughly monthly, during which we learn about cost of healthcare and bread-and-butter primary care concepts.”
  • “Dr. Yu has been a committed educator at the O'Connor Family Medicine Residency Training Program for over a decade. She is the sponsor of the OSLER medical educator training program which encourages residents to engage in teaching and research projects. She also spearheaded initiatives to implement QI training in the residency and now serves as Program Director. She is/was a role model to me when I was a resident and now as a fellow faculty member.”

Harmeet Bedi, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

“Harmeet Bedi is a beloved teacher of interventional pulmonology. He is widely revered for his consistent, predictable, engaged and effective didactic sessions in the bronchoscopy suite. New pulmonary fellows can expect to be thoroughly educated with lung anatomy (from the inside out), cutting-edge pulmonary procedures and their therapeutic maneuvers. A relatively recent recruit, Dr. Bedi has already built a stellar reputation as a model clinician-educator.” – Mark Nicolls, Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Marily Ann Oppezzo, PhD, RD, MS

Instructor, Stanford Prevention Research Center

"Dr. Marily Oppezzo, with a PhD from Stanford’s School of Education focused on physical activity and creativity and an RD and MS in Nutritional Sciences, brings her solid foundation of knowledge in health, health behaviors, theory and education into the classroom and achieves deep learning and high levels of student engagement that is rigorous and enjoyable. This autumn, as a TA in CHPR228 course, Marily was a significant and very much appreciated support, contributor, effective evaluator, and creative facilitator of active learning. Marily has been key in helping CHPR manage a doubling in its admissions. Thank you, Marily!"