Awards and Honors: Fall 2021

Celebrating the accomplishments of Department of Medicine faculty and staff


Allison Kwong Receives NIH K23 Award

Allison Kwong, MD, MS, instructor of primary care and population health, has received an NIH K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award.  The award, which “provides salary and research support for a sustained period of "protected time" (3-5 years) to ensure a future cadre of well-trained scientists conducting Patient-Oriented Research,” supports career development for individuals who “have made a commitment to focus their on patient-oriented research.”  Kwong’s work will investigate the defining phenotypes of alcohol-associated liver disease with acute hepatic decompensation.  Congratulations, Alllison!


Linda Nguyen Promoted to Full Professor

Linda Nguyen, MD, has been promoted to full clinical professor of medicine for the division of gastroenterology and hepatology.  Her division calls her “a dedicated clinician and accomplished researcher with expertise in neurogastroenterology and motility,” as well as a strong mentor in the Stanford GI community.  Her research includes understanding the role and impact of physiologic testing on clinical care, exploring novel therapies for gastroparesis and expanding the role of neuromodulation in the treatment of GI motility disorders and pain.  Congratulations, Linda!


Nicholas Leeper Receives Jeffrey M. Hoeg Award for Basic Science and Clinical Research

Nicholas Leeper, MD, received the Jeffrey M. Hoeg Award for Basic Science and Clinical Research from the Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.  The award “recognizes an established investigator in the prime of his or her career who has made an outstanding contribution to furthering understanding of the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis.”  Leeper called the award a “special honor” adding, “I am humbled and honored to receive this incredible recognition.”  Colleagues called the award “well deserved.” 


Stephanie Harman Named Co-Director of the Stanford Leadership Development Program

Stephanie Harman, MD, clinical associate professor of primary care and population health, was appointed a faculty co-director of the Stanford Leadership Development Program, effective September 1.  She will work alongside Jay Shah, MD, associate professor of urology and  Vice Chief of Staff for Stanford Health Care.

Harman will take over the “incredibly prestigious and impactful position” along with her other roles, including Associate Chair of Medicine for Women and clinical chief of Palliative Care.  According to department leaders the appointment “reflects Stephanie’s innovative contributions in our own division in developing the first women’s leadership development program.”  Congratulations to Stephanie! 


New Appointments for Stanford Cancer Center

Heather Wakelee, MD, professor of medicine, division chief of medical oncology, and deputy director of Stanford Cancer Institute, and Rondeep Brar, MD, clinical associate professor of hematology, have been named to new positions at the Stanford Cancer Center.  Wakelee will serve as SCC’s interim medical director and Brar will be interim medical co-director.  Together they will provide strategic leadership for SCC with Eben Rosenthal, MD, transitioning to his new role as chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Wakelee is described as “a visionary leader, a committed mentor to dozens of trainees, and an innovative clinician-researcher who has published approximately 150 peer-reviewed articles,” and Brar will bring his expertise as “an outstanding clinician and gifted scientist with extensive expertise in hematologic disorders, including anemia, clotting and bleeding disorders, and cancers of the blood” to his role.  Congratulations to both!