Stanford Series Inaugural class

Stanford Faculty Development Series


Stanford Faculty Development Series for Assistant Professors

The Stanford Faculty Development Series is a facilitator-training program that offers career development opportunities for individual faculty participants, and simultaneously provides a mechanism for institutional improvement.

It consists of seven sessions that each include a didactic module, video review and a role play exercises. Sessions are held on a monthly basis.

The series is taught by Clinical Professor of Medicine Alina Popa, M.D. who is one of 221 certified clinical teaching seminar facilitators around the world.

The seminars are designed to:

  • Enhance participants' versatility as teachers
  • Enhance their ability to analyze clinical teaching using an educational framework
  • Provide a forum for collegial exchange

2023-24 Cohort

Jean-Pyo Lee, PhD — Biomedical Sciences
Milton Hamblin — Biomedical Sciences
Scott Kubmoto, MD — Internal Medicine
Andrew Hwang, MD — Internal Medicine
Ambika Pandita, MD — Internal Medicine
Janet Cruz, MD — Obstetrics and Gynecology
Helpees Guirguis — Endocrinology
Jimmy Mao — Endocrinology
Mikolaj Sulikowski — Endocrinology

Seminar Schedule and Curriculum

The seminars will be held on a monthly basis via Zoom. Sessions begin at 11 a.m. and last 90 minutes. Please reserve a full two-hour period to account for any delays. Details and connection information will be sent to participants via email. Questions? Please email

  • Session 1 - Learning Climate - Friday, October 20, 2023
  • Session 2 - Control of Session - Wednesday, November 15, 2023 
  • Session 3 - Communication of Goals - Friday, December 15, 2023
  • Session 4 - Promotion of Understanding & Retention - Friday, January 19, 2024
  • Session 5 - Evaluation - Tuesday, March 19, 2024
  • Session 6 - Feedback - Tuesday, April 23, 2024
  • Session 7 - Promotion of Self-Directed Learning - Tuesday, May 14, 2024

The seminars consist of didactic presentations, group discussions, role-play exercises, video vignette review, and personal and institutional goal setting. During a follow-up session, participants are encouraged to develop a set of recommendations for improving their institution's environment for clinical teaching. If you would like more information about this series, please email

Past Program Participants


Annahita (Anna) Sarcon, MD — Internal Medicine
Kshitij Chatterjee, MD — Internal Medicine
Toshia Yamaguchi, MD — Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Monica Gordon, MD — Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Saurabh Kumar, MD — Obstetrics and Gynecology
Esther Caroline McGowan, MD — Pediatrics
Basima Razak, MD — Pediatrics
Beatrice Leong, MD — Surgery
Evelyn Vazquez, PhD — Social Medicine, Population, & Public Health


Andrew Nguyen, MD — Surgery
Hind Al-Azawi, MD — Obstetrics and Gynecology
Eyrn Parks, PhD — Psychiatry and Neurosciences
Haresh Gandhi, MD — Internal Medicine
Natalie Zlebnik, PhD — Biomedical Sciences
Paul Albini, MD — Surgery
Qi Chen, MD — Biomedical Sciences
Stephanie Handler, MD — Obstetrics and Gynecology


Benjamin Tabibian, DO — Internal Medicine
Bhavesh Trikamji, MD — Psychiatry and Neurosciences
Brenda Ross, MD — Obstetrics and Gynecology
George Saffouri, MD — Internal Medicine
John Nevin, MD — Pediatrics
Samia Faiz, MD — Internal Medicine
Sherry Zhang, MD — Internal Medicine
Sunil Patel, MD — Pediatrics
Valentina Amaral, MD — Internal Medicine
Zana Shirwan, MD — Family Medicine


Brian Petrie, MD — Family Medicine
Casey Gries, PhD — Biomedical Sciences
Deanah Jibril, MD — Obstetrics and Gynecology
Erica Heinrich, PhD — Biomedical Sciences
Jean Russell, MD — Pediatrics
Sadikah Behbehani, MD — Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sara Forouhar, MD — Pediatrics


Adwoa Osei, MD — Pediatrics
Andrew Subica, PhD — Social Medicine, Population, & Public Health
Ann Cheney, PhD — Social Medicine, Population, & Public Health
Dalia Balsamo, MD — Psychiatry and Neurosciences
Henry T. Nguyen, MD — Surgery
John Agapian — Surgery
Laura Nader, MD — Family Medicine


Afshin Zandpour, MD — Family Medicine
Deborah Streletz, MD — Family Medicine
Gregory Guldner, MD — Family Medicine
Ken Ballou, MD — Family Medicine
Lynnetta Skoretz, MD — Internal Medicine
Marc Debay, MD — Family Medicine
Samar Nahas, MD — Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sika Zheng, MD — Biomedical Sciences
Takesha Cooper, MD — Psychiatry and Neurosciences
Tara Nordgren, PhD — Biomedical Sciences
Walter Klein, MD — Internal Medicine


Ali Motabar, MD — Internal Medicine
Anita Hadpawat-Lee, MD — Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ashaunta Anderson, MD — Pediatrics
Christine Duong, MD — Internal Medicine
Kimberly Tustison, MD — Obstetrics and Gynecology
Meera Nair, PhD — Biomedical Sciences
Mosen Itswani, MD — Internal Medicine
Muhammad Arif, MD — Family Medicine
Nicholas DiPatrizio, MD — Biomedical Sciences
Rosemary Tyrrell, EdD — Social Medicine, Population, & Public Health
Tina Paul, MD — Obstetrics and Gynecology
Whitney Griffith, MD — Psychiatry and Neurosciences