Alumni Spotlight

Linda Boxer, MD, PhD

Dr. Linda M. Boxer is the Vice Dean of Stanford University School of Medicine and the Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor in the School of Medicine. Dr. Boxer obtained her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at Stanford University. She was an intern and resident in internal medicine at Stanford and then did a hematology/oncology fellowship at Stanford. She joined the faculty at Stanford in the Division of Hematology, Department of Medicine, and also had a position at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Dr. Boxer’s laboratory investigated the mechanisms of deregulated expression of oncogenes by translocation into the immunoglobulin locus in B cells lymphomas. She has a clinical practice in hematology with an interest in hematologic malignancies. From 2004 to 2017 she was the Chief of the Division of Hematology. She was the director of the Clinical Investigator Pathway (the ABIM research pathway) in the Department of Medicine and the hematology fellowship director for eight years. She has trained and mentored many physicians and physician scientists during this time and helped with their development into independent investigators. Dr. Boxer was the Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine for two years, and she was the Senior Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine for one year. She has been the Vice Dean of the School of Medicine since September 2013.

Dr. Harman graduated from Williams College for her undergraduate degree in Literary Studies and went on to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine for her MD. She then completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford and a Palliative Care fellowship at the Palo Alto VA/Stanford program before joining the faculty at Stanford. She is the founding medical director of Palliative Care Services for Stanford Health Care and was an associate program director for the medicine residency from 2011 until 2017, when she became Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Scholar Leader Awardee which is a 2-year career development award for emerging palliative care leaders. Currently, she is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Medicine and a faculty member in the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. She serves as the clinical section chief of Palliative Care in the Division of Primary Care and Population Health and co-chairs the Stanford Health Care Ethics Committee. She leads her division’s Women’s Leadership in Academic Medicine (WLAM) professional development group. Her professional passions include healthcare communication training, bioethics in end-of-life care decision-making, the application of machine learning to improve access to palliative care, and women’s leadership. She is married and has 3 children, ages 9, 7, and 4. She enjoys chasing her children around, skiing, hip hop dance, and painting by sticker.

Stephanie Harman, MD

Wendy Caceres, MD

Dr. Cáceres graduated from Harvard with an undergraduate degree in Chemistry. She earned her medical degree and completed her Internal Medicine residency training at Stanford University School of Medicine. After completing her training, she joined the faculty at Stanford as a primary care physician. Dr. Cáceres is currently one of the Associate Program Directors for the Stanford residency training program and serves as a mentor for residents and medical students. She is the Co-Medical Director of the Pacific Free Clinic and enjoys teaching and training medical students in a number of areas including, Queer Health Medicine, Clinical Skills for Patient Care in Free Clinics and Early Clinical Experience at the Cardinal Free Clinics. Her scholarly work focuses on medical education with a focus on primary care, 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.

Dr. Ellen Eaton is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and a clinician investigator with an interest in infectious diseases outcomes research and policy. As the National Academy of Medicine's Omenn Fellow in Public Health and Policy, she is currently studying infectious outcomes of the opioid epidemic. Her other research activities use health services research and economic analysis to quantify the impact of STD and HIV treatment and prevention strategies.  Dr. Eaton's clinical work involves caring for patients at the UAB HIV/AIDS Clinic and UAB Hospital. She also enjoys teaching courses in Medical Microbiology (UAB School of Medicine) and HIV Epidemiology (Ryals School of Public Health) and mentoring medical students, residents, and fellows.  

Ellen Eaton, MD

Ilana Richman, MD


Ilana Richman is a general internist and health services researcher at the Yale School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the adoption, comparative effectiveness, and value of breast cancer screening technologies. She is also interested in breast cancer screening among older women, a widely used intervention for which there is little evidence. Her academic interests can be traced back to humble origins as a resident at Stanford. At Stanford, all third year residents must give a "senior talk." Inspired by an intriguing paper published that year, Ilana spoke about overdiagnosis as an unintended consequence of screening. Her interest in the topic stuck with her, and after finishing her residency and chief residency, she completed a fellowship in health services research at Stanford/the Palo Alto VA, where her work focused on evaluating the impact of health policies on preventive services use and health outcomes. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine where she practices in primary care and has continued to pursue research related to preventive services.

Marianne Yeung, MD, MPS is currently in the role of Associate Chief of Staff for Specialty and Hospital Based Services at the Palo Alto VA Health Care System. Dr. Yeung works in partnership with Chief Nurse David Renfro, MS, RN and together they form the Acute Care Dyad Leadership responsible for overseeing hospital operations for the ED, Medical-Surgical Units, Intermediate ICU, and the MSICU. Prior to serving as the ACOS, S&HBS, Marianne Yeung served as the Chief of Inpatient Medicine where she led the Hospitalist Section and served as a process improvement leader working on numerous projects focused on improving patient care and resource utilization. Dr. Yeung is dedicated to continuous improvement in the hospital focused on ensuring access and excellent care in the inpatient setting, building strong transitions to outpatient care, and ensuring a strong educational training experience for residents at the VA.

Dr. Yeung completed her undergraduate work at Swarthmore College, holds a Masters Degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, attended medical school at UCSF School of Medicine, and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at Stanford University. She is a mother to three children, a board member of the Lakeside Community Foundation, a den mother for Pack509 Mountain Cub Scouts Troop, and enjoys to snowboarding, sewing, and raising her 20+ chickens.

Marianne Yeung, MD

Heather Wakelee, MD

Dr. Heather Wakelee is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Oncology at Stanford University and is the faculty director of the Stanford Cancer Clinical Trials Office. Dr. Wakelee completed medical school at Johns Hopkins University and then returned to her native Northern California for internship and has been at Stanford ever since. She married her college sweetheart and they have 2 daughters. Dr. Wakelee has authored or co-authored over 175 medical articles on lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies and is involved in dozens of clinical trials related to lung cancer therapy and diagnostics. Her research focuses on many specific lung cancer subtypes defined by specific mutations in EGFR, ALK, ROS1, RET, BRAF and others. She is also involved in trials of adjuvant therapy, immunotherapy and anti-angiogenesis agents in addition to collaborations with colleagues focused in biomarkers and others focused in population science research. Dr. Wakelee is active in multiple national and international organizations involved in lung cancer research including serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), co-chair of the thoracic committee and Stanford Principal Investigator for the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG-ACRIN), and as a member of multiple committees of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). She takes particular pride in mentoring and loves interacting with former trainees who are now faculty members at Stanford and other institutions.

Dr. Sharon Hunt is a transplant cardiologist, and a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine. Dr. Hunt started her career at Stanford as a medical student in 1967, as one of just seven women in her class. She completed residency in Internal Medicine and a Cardiology fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine. To learn more about Dr. Hunt, please visit:

Sharon Hunt, MD

Women in Internal Medicine Residency Group: bottom (l-r) Sonia Shah, Apurva Yeluru, Ashwini Kerkar, Samantha Wang, Julia Armendariz, Arathi Mohan, Surbhi Singhal, top (l-r), Cybele Renault, Julia Chang, Marianne Yeung, Amrita Krishnamurthy, Meera Ragavan, Becca Tisdale, Divya Gupta and Linda Geng.