Alumni Spotlight 2021
Dr. Tamara Dunn is a hematologist doing most of her clinical work at the Palo Alto VA, where she takes pride in caring for veterans, a traditionally underserved group. Serving as a mentor and advocate for trainees is an integral part of her life. She is the Program Director for the Hematology Fellowship and active with her national professional society, ASH (the American Society of Hematology), where she serves on several national committees and is an Ambassador. More recently, she was named as one of the Associate Chairs of Diversity and Inclusion for the Department of Medicine. She sees this role as an incredible opportunity to push important DEI initiatives in the department, increasing the diversity of the department and fostering an inclusive environment to name a few. More She is also on the Steering Committee for LEAD (Leadership Education in Advancing Diversity), which has been one of the most rewarding experiences she has had in her career. She loves inspiring trainees at all levels, singing, playing tennis, board games, and talking about race.
One thing I would tell my younger self: Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If there is something you don’t know, don’t worry about what others will think, just ask. Know yourself, know your limits. And remember, YOU BELONG!
Dr. Marilyn Tan is double board certified in Endocrinology and Internal Medicine. She practices general endocrinology, but her main clinical interests are outpatient and inpatient diabetes management. Her research interests include diabetes and post bariatric hypoglycemia. Dr. Tan is actively involved in resident and fellow education, and she has served as the Medical Student Clerkship Director, Residency Rotation Director, and Associate Program Director for the Endocrinology Fellowship Training Program. She is the chief of the Stanford Endocrine Clinic.
Advice for my younger self: Take full advantage of opportunities that arise but also know when to set limits.
Dr. Jacqueline Shreibati, MD, MS, FACC, is clinical lead and senior health economist at Google Health. She was previously Chief Medical Officer at digital health start-up AliveCor. Dr. Shreibati is adjunct faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine, and practices general cardiology at Fair Oaks Health Clinic, a federally qualified health center. She received her BA from Columbia University, and MD and MS (health services research) from Stanford. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency (2010-2013) and Cardiology Fellowship (2013-2016) at Stanford as well. She is active with the American College of Cardiology, including the Board of Trustees' Clinician Well-Being Task Force and the Innovation Section Leadership Council. Dr. Shreibati lives in Menlo Park with her husband and two children, Julian (age 5) and Natalia (age 3). More
Advice for my younger self: It's okay to fail. Failures are your best opportunities for self-reflection, empathy, and growth.
Dr. Rhee is a physician-scientist investigating the mechanisms of drug-induced cardiotoxicities with a particular focus on cancer therapies. In clinic, Dr. Rhee sees cardio-oncology patients and focuses on devising new methods for minimizing cardiovascular complications in that population.
Advice for my younger self: “It is okay to detour or pause. Sometimes it takes time to find your passion and also life events happen. But don’t give up, keep pushing, work as a team, and you will turn your passion into a reality.”
Dr. Adesina is an adult hematologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of non-malignant hematologic disorders. She has clinical expertise in the care of adults with sickle cell disease. Her research focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal complications of sickle cell disease, and how these contribute to the development of chronic sickle cell pain. She collaborates with her pediatric colleagues at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, to study musculoskeletal development in children and adolescents enrolled in the Sickle Cell Clinical Research and Intervention Program (SCCRIP), which is a large, multi-center, lifespan cohort study maintained at St. Jude. She also studies the epidemiology of risk factors and health outcomes of sickle cell-related complications, in collaboration with population health scientists from the UC Davis Center for Oncology Hematology Outcomes Research Training group. More
Advice for my younger self: Don't be afraid to ask for career advice within and outside of your home institution. Keep an open mind and strategically build a strong network of mentors and sponsors along the way. Just because something has never been done before does not mean you shouldn't try it. Trust your inner mentor, tune out the critics, and boldly chart your own career path!
Dr. Han Zhu is a general cardiologist with specialized clinical and research training in cardio-oncology and cardio-immunology. She focuses on the cardiovascular care of patients undergoing therapies for cancer, with a particular focus on the effects of immunotherapies on the heart. She completed clinical cardiology fellowship and internal medicine residency training at Stanford University School of Medicine. During her post-doctoral training, Dr. Zhu’s research focuses on myocarditis, cardiac inflammation, and the effects of cancer therapeutics on the cardiovascular system. Her current research employs clinical data, bio-banked samples, and animal models to study T-cell toxicities in the heart. Dr. Zhu's clinic sees cardio-oncology and cardio-immunology patients and focuses on devising new methods for minimizing cardiovascular complications in the cancer patient population. More She is an Assistant Editor for JACC CardioOncology and sits on the AHA Cardio-Oncology Subcommittee, and she has been involved in writing an AHA expert consensus statement on Preclinical Models of Cardiotoxicity focusing on utilizing basic science/translational tools to study cancer therapy toxicities in the heart.
Advice for my younger self: I would tell my younger self: Focus is important. It's okay to not be able to do everything perfectly all the time, but what's important is to focus and do your best with the task front of you. Take it one step at a time. Every little step is progress. Patience is key, and it's really about the journey and not the end destination. Before you know it, you'll look back and realize that you have gone further than you thought, and you'll have lived in every moment along the way.