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Dr. Lisa Patel, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Dr. Lisa Patel, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics   

Dr. Lisa Patel received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. For the last several years, she has used her extensive experience working for government, community organizations, and non-profits to advocate for children's health priorities in the US. She is previously the co-chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics Advocacy Committee, California Chapter 1 (AAP-CA1) and in her time helped launch the inaugural Advocating for Children Together conference for Northern California that is now a yearly occurrence. She co-founded the Climate and Health task force for AAP-CA1, and sits on the Executive Committee for the AAP's national Council on Environmental Health. She is the Advocacy and Policy Lead for the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research where she focuses on climate change and health. She is also the rotation director for the pediatric resident's Community Pediatrics and Child Advocacy Rotation.

Dr. Paige Fox, Assistant Professor of Surgery

 Dr. Paige Fox, Assistant Professor of Surgery  

Dr. Paige Fox is Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specialized in hand surgery, reconstructive microsurgery, as well as peripheral nerve and brachial plexus surgery. She is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery in the Department of Surgery. She works with adult and pediatric patients. Her research focuses on wound healing, disorders of the upper extremity, and surgical biosensors. Dr. Fox has a passion for sustainability and health care's effect on the environment. She is involved in efforts to green the OR and the clinics at Stanford.

Dr. Praveen Kalra, Clinical Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology 

Dr. Praveen Kalra is Board Certified in Anesthesia and in Critical Care. Dr Kalra loves all aspects of his specialty. He specializes in trauma, orthopedic, brain and spine surgery, urology, general surgery, plastics, gynecologic, head and neck surgery, and cancer surgery. His professional interests include devising protocols for patient safety, informed consent, reducing the impact of anesthetics on the environment, addressing climate change by reducing green house gas emissions in health care setting, resident education to emphasize evidence based safe care, superior documentation, and mentoring medical students. He has been in practice for over 17 years.

Dr. Kari Nadeau, Nadissy Foundation Endowed Professor of Pediatric Food Allergy Immunology and Asthma 

Dr. Kari Nadeau is the Naddisy Foundation Endowed Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and, Director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University. She is Section Chief in Asthma and Allergy in the Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Division at Stanford. She is the Sr. Director of Clinical Research for the Division of Hospital Medicine. For more than 30 years, she has devoted herself to understanding how environmental and immune/genetic factors affect allergies, immune tolerance, and asthma. She and her team are focused in areas of global climate change and health by studying air pollution and wildfire exposures, particularly in underserved areas.

Kathy Burke, Senior Advisor and DCI Fellow, Former Deputy Director of Stanford Global Health 

Kathy Burke is a DCI fellow, pursuing topics in climate and health. From 2015-19, she served as Deputy Director of Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health, where she played a key role in creating and leading the inaugural Women Leaders in Global Health conference in 2017 and the international Planetary Health conference in 2019. Kathy enjoys working at the interfaces of disciplines and sectors and creating cross-cutting teams to address big social problems. Ms. Burke serves on the Board of Dean’s Advisers at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health and the Advisory Council for Stanford University Libraries.

Dr. David Svec, Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine 

Dr. David M. Svec is an internist in Mountain View, California and is affiliated with Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital. He is also the Chief Medical Officer of ValleyCare. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and has been in practice between 6-10 years.

Dr. Lisa Shieh, Clinical Professor, Medicine 

Lisa Shieh, MD, PhD, is the Associate Chief Quality Officer of Learning and Engagement at Stanford Healthcare, a clinical professor of medicine and hospitalist in the Department of Medicine at Stanford School of Medicine. Dr. Shieh is currently the medical director for quality in the Division of Hospital Medicine and the associate physician improvement leader in the Department of Medicine. She is a unit based medical director and chairs the medicine professional practice evaluation committee. Dr. Shieh’s interests also include mentoring and teaching student and residents about QI and patient safety. She is currently the medical director of QI programs for Graduate Medical Education and program director of Stanford’s Resident Safety Council. She is the faculty sponsor for Stanford’s Medical Student QI interest Group and Stanford Medical School QI Scholarly Concentration.

Luciana Herman, Policy Lab Program Director and Lecturer in Law 

As the Program Director for the Law and Policy Lab, Luciana Herman works closely with faculty to develop their practicums as immersive, hands-on policy projects that train students in policy analysis to benefit real-world clients. She coordinates the activities of the Policy Lab, including operations, practicum deliverables and publications, social media, skills workshops and other programs. In her teaching role, Dr. Herman has co-taught the Copyright Policy Lab Practicum with Professor Paul Goldstein and supports all practicums with targeted workshops and consultations to help students improve their policy analysis and communications skills. She has many years of experience advising both graduate and undergraduate students on fellowship opportunities in public service, leadership, policy research, and post-graduate study.

Dr. Barbara Erny, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor  

Barbara C. Erny, MD is a board certified ophthalmologist, practicing for over 25 years. Dr. Erny served as Ophthalmology Chief Resident at Stanford before starting her career at Sutter Health. She was the founding Medical Director of the Peninsula Eye Surgery Center and Chairman of the Division of Ophthalmology at El Camino Hospital. Currently, Dr. Erny is drawing upon her skills and experience to serve as the ASCRS Foundation Medical Liaison for International Programs. Her mission is to foster collaboration and coordinate efforts of organizations committed to eliminating curable cataract blindness in the developing world. A strong advocate for advancing environmental health, Dr. Erny serves on the Physicians for Social Responsibility Environmental Health Committee and is mentoring Stanford students working on climate change and health issues. She is a board member of Acterra, a non-profit engaging communities to create local solutions for our planet's environmental challenges. Lecturing on both environmental health and ophthalmology is a passion of hers, and she presents to physicians, students, and the community.

Dr. Todd Sack, Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, Editor of  

Todd Sack, MD, FACP serves as a member of PSR’s board of directors. Dr. Sack is a gastroenterologist and hepatologist in private practice. Dr. Sack is editor of, a free environmental service of the Florida Medical Association and the World Medical Association that helps medical offices adopt sustainable practices. He is a member of numerous environmental and medical organizations, including the Council for Healthy Floridians of the Florida Medical Association, JEA’s Clean Power Advisory Group, and the Florida Energy Commission, where he chaired its Climate Change Advisory Group. Dr. Sack is president of the Duval Country Medical Society Foundation. He also serves as a board member of PSR Florida, the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, the Yulee Historic Council, Inc. the Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board and We Care Jacksonville free clinics.