Alumni Spotlight 2020
Dr. Pamela Kunz is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Oncology at Stanford University. She received her medical degree from the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. Her postgraduate training included an internal medical residency, chief residency and oncology fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Dr. Kunz specializes in the treatment of patients with neuroendocrine tumors (NETs). She has developed broad investigative programs in the field of NETs, encompassing clinical trials, translational correlates, and health services research. She is the Principal Investigator on numerous clinical trials and has many peer-reviewed publications. She holds leadership positions in the field including Vice Chair of the Neuroendocrine Tumor Taskforce of the National Cancer institute and member of the Board of Directors for the North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society (NANETS). She also serves on the NET Working Group of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG). She currently leads the Endocrine Oncology Research program at Stanford Cancer Center, is the founding Director of the Stanford Neuroendocrine Tumor Program (2015), and started the first NET Fellowship in the US (2018).
Dr. Kunz is a wife, mother of three sons, and proud feminist. She is an advocate for gender equity and diversity in medicine and believes in the value of a respectful workplace and teamwork.
Dr. Irene Sonu is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Stanford University. She received her medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine. Her postgraduate training included an internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Dr. Irene Sonu is passionate about gut health and strives to provide the best care to her patients. She specializes in complex motility disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. Her clinical expertise includes achalasia, dysphagia, eosinophilic esophagitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, gastroparesis, functional dyspepsia, irritable bowel syndrome, and pelvic floor dysfunction. She also sees patients in need of fecal microbiota transplant for recurrent C. difficile infection.
Dr. Lorinda Chung, MD, MS, is a Professor of Medicine (Immunology and Rheumatology) and Dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Her postgraduate training included an internal medicine residency, rheumatology fellowship, and masters program in Epidemiology at Stanford University School of Medicine.
She is the Director of the Scleroderma Program and Co-Director of the Multi-disciplinary Rheumatologic Dermatology Clinic with Dr. David Fiorentino. Dr. Chung is actively involved in clinical, translational, and epidemiologic research on systemic sclerosis and related connective tissue diseases. She is the principal investigator for multiple clinical trials of new potential therapies for scleroderma patients. She was recently awarded funding from Boehringer Ingelheim for an Investigator Initiated Study evaluating the utility of lung ultrasound in the detection and management of patients with connective tissue disease associated interstitial lung disease. She receives ongoing funding from the Scleroderma Research Foundation for the Stanford Scleroderma Center of Excellence and as the Co-Director of the Northern California Scleroderma Research Consortium. She is currently serving as the President for the international Scleroderma Clinical Trials Consortium.
She has two daughters who are the love of her life and she spends her free time training for triathlons.
Dr. Meera Sheffrin, MD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatrics in the Division of Primary Care and Population Health at Stanford University School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Her postgraduate training included an internal medicine residency at Stanford, as well as a geriatrics fellowship and masters program in Advanced Studies in Clinical Research from UCSF.
Dr. Meera Sheffrin is The Medical Director of the Stanford Home-Based Senior Care Clinic. As a primary care physician, she cares for older adults at the Stanford Senior Care Clinic and Home-Based Senior Care Clinic. Her academic interests include treatment of dementia, geriatric education, and home care medicine. She is passionate about improving the care of older adults with cognitive impairment.