Program Leadership

Ronald Witteles, MD
   

Program Director

Dr. Witteles (Program Director) graduated from The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and he completed his Internal Medicine residency training, chief residency, and Cardiology fellowship training at Stanford. He is an active member of the Heart Failure faculty, and frequently attends in the CCU. He serves as Co-Director of the Stanford Amyloid Center and runs an active clinical More  research program in amyloidosis, cardiac complications of cancer therapy, and sarcoidosis. Dr. Witteles is the recipient of a host of clinical teaching awards, and housestaff education is his greatest passion.

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Neera Ahuja, MD
   

Associate Program Director

Dr. Ahuja (Associate Program Director) completed her medical school education and residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. She served as a program director in Texas before joining Stanford in 2009 as an Associate Program Director, bringing several many years of experience in medical education to our More  residency program. In addition, she serves as the Director of the Stanford Hospitalist Program, a group whose clinical, quality improvement, and educational efforts are intimately tied to housestaff education.

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WENDY CáCERES, MD
   

Associate Program Director

Dr. Cáceres (Associate Program Director) earned her medical degree and completed her Internal Medicine residency training at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is the Co-Medical Director of the Pacific Free Clinic in San Jose, CA. Her scholarly work focuses on medical education with a focus on primary care, as well as cultural competency, and unconscious bias in medicine. Dr. Cáceres is passionate about increasing diversity in medicine as she believes academic medicine is vital to the future of healthcare, and should be both diverse and inclusive. 

 

Shriram Nallamshetty, MD

Associate Program Director - VA

Dr. Nallamshetty (Associate Program Director at the Palo Alto VA) graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Stanford. Following a chief resident year at Stanford, he completed a fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and post-doctoral research training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. More  Nallamshetty’s clinical and research interests center on the metabolic underpinnings of cardiovascular disease. He currently attends in Cardiology and General Medicine at the Palo Alto VA and is actively involved in the clinical and research efforts in the Stanford South Asian Translational Heart Initiative (SSATHI).

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Angela Rogers, MD

Associate Program Director

Dr. Rogers (Associate Program Director) graduated from Harvard Medical School, and completed her internal medicine residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship in the Harvard program.  She moved to Stanford as an Assistant Professor in 2013.  She is focused on critical care education for both residents and fellows, and works on the More Medicine side of the Stanford Medicine-Anesthesia combined residency program.  Her research focus is on using genomics to identify novel biomarkers and improve phenotyping in sepsis and ARDS.

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Cybele Renault, MD, DTM&H

Program Lead in Global Health

Dr. Renault (Program Lead in Global Health) completed medical school and her Internal Medicine residency at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and after spending a year as Chief Resident at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, she came to Stanford for her Infectious Diseases fellowship. Dr. Renault has a particular interest in working with underserved populations with a focus More  on tropical disease and global health, where she has experience practicing medicine and teaching in Nepal, India, Thailand, Burkina Faso, Uganda and Zimbabwe. At Stanford, she is the primary attending physician on the inpatient Infectious Diseases consult service at the Palo Alto VA and is intimately involved with the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH). Dr. Renault is Site Director for the  Johnson & Johnson rotation at Mulago Hospital in Uganda, and is Co-Director of the annual Stanford 2-week Intensive Global Health Course. She serves as a mentor and program point of contact for our Global Health Track residents, as well as for all of our residents interested in working overseas during their residency.

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Robert Harrington, MD

Chair, Department of Medicine

Dr. Robert Harrington is the Arthur L. Bloomfield Professor of Medicine and Chair of the Department of Medicine at Stanford University. Dr. Harrington was previously the director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI). His research interests include antithrombotic therapies in acute ischemic heart disease, mechanisms of disease of the acute coronary syndromes, risk stratification More in acute coronary syndromes, and clinical trial methodology. He has authored more than 400 peer-reviewed manuscripts, reviews, book chapters, and editorials. He is an associate editor of the American Heart Journal and an editorial board member for JACC. He recently served as a member and the chair of the Food and Drug Administration Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Board or Trustees for the American College of Cardiology and he served as Chairman of the 2013 and 2014 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions.

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Abraham Verghese, MD

Vice Chair for Education

Dr. Verghese graduated from Madras University Medicine, India, and he completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship at East Tennessee State University Medicine. He is an internationally popular author; his most recent novel, Cutting for Stone topped the New York Times bestseller list for over two years. He is a prominent voice in medicine with a uniquely More  humanistic view of the future of healthcare, marrying technological innovation with the traditional doctor-patient relationship. He pioneered the Stanford Medicine 25, a collection of technique-dependent bedside skills which all Stanford residents learn. Dr. Verghese is a 2014 recipient of the Heinz Award for Arts and Humanities.

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2018-2019 Chief Residents

Linda Geng, MD PhD

Chief Resident

Linda Geng received a B.S. in Biochemistry/Cell Biology and a B.A. in Psychology, graduating summa cum laude from Rice University in 2006. She then enrolled in the MSTP program at University of Washington, earning her Ph.D. in 2011 in Molecular/Cellular Biology and her M.D. in 2015. At Stanford, she has developed an interest in rare, undiagnosed, and inherited diseases, and she has worked with the Stanford Center for Undiagnosed Diseases since her arrival.  More She was the inaugural resident on a new rotation in Genomic Medicine, and demonstrated the full range of her skills during an outstanding Medicine Grand Rounds two months ago.

Linda was a winner of the peer-chosen Julian Wolfsohn Award, given to two residents per class each year who demonstrate outstanding performance in clinical judgment, leadership, teaching, and kindness. Linda plans to pursue a one-year NIH fellowship in the Undiagnosed Disease program and a complementing fellowship in Clinical Molecular Genetics.

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Kai Swenson, MD

Chief Resident

Kai Swenson received a B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, graduating cum laude from Princeton University in 2009. After a year working as a study coordinator at the University of Washington, he enrolled in medical school at Yale University, where he earned his M.D. in 2015. He distinguished himself at Yale, ultimately winning the Parker Prize and the Miriam Kathleen Dasey Award, acknowledging both his potential as a physician and his compassion.Kai has been an outstandingMore  resident, and is recognized for his knowledge and for his passion as a teacher.

Kai was one of three members of Stanford’s 2016-2017 Medical Jeopardy team, winning the Northern California competition and earning Stanford a spot at the national competition. Like Linda, Kai was chosen by his peers as a recipient of the prestigious Julian Wolfsohn Award. Kai has pursued scholarly work during his residency with both the pulmonary hypertension group and the quality improvement group, and he plans a career as a Clinician-Educator in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine. 

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Samantha Wang, MD

Chief Resident

Samantha Wang received a B.A. with distinction in Molecular/Cell Biology in 2010. She then enrolled in medical school at Yale University, earning both an M.D. and a Masters in Health Science in 2015. While at Yale, Samantha served as a leader for the Yale Women in Medicine Interest Group, and was named a Farr Scholar in Research Excellence. Given her leadership skills and her superb clinical performance, we were absolutely delighted when she matched at Stanford in 2015.  More As a resident, Samantha has thrived as a clinician and as a class leader. She helped create – and now leads – the Stanford Women in Internal Medicine interest group, and she serves on the Stanford GME Women in Internal Medicine Committee.

Samantha was also a recipient of the prestigious Julian Wolfsohn Award, and she was one of three members of Stanford’s 2016-2017 Medical Jeopardy team. Samantha’s current research focus is on the side-effects of new targeted therapies in lung cancer, and she plans a career as a clinician/clinical researcher in Hematology/Oncology.

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