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Stanford Report, June 4, 2003

Latest round of medical center faculty appointments and promotions announced

By JOYCE THOMAS

Edward Bertaccini, MD, was promoted to associate professor of anesthesia at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. He is a critical care specialist in the medical-surgical intensive care unit at the VA and a key faculty member providing cardiovascular anesthesia at VAPAHCS, a designated National Center of Excellence in cardiac surgery. His basic research involves molecular modeling of anesthetic agents. A recent study, "Molecular modelling of specific and non-specific anaesthetic interactions," conducted with James Trudell, PhD, professor of anesthesia, appeared in the British Journal of Anaesthesia. A graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine (1989), he completed a residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in critical care medicine at Stanford. Bertaccini received a Stanford faculty appointment in 1996.

John P. Cooke, MD, PhD, was promoted to professor of medicine (cardiovascular medicine). Cooke serves as director of Stanford’s vascular medicine section. He established and directs the Stanford Guidant Lecture Series for investigators in cardiovascular disease in academia and industry. He is principal or co-investigator on several current federal grants and directs a National Heart Lung and Blood Institute training grant in vascular medicine and biology. He has achieved recognition as a teacher, researcher and international leader in vascular biology and has generated novel insights into signaling pathways that affect the development of vascular disease. Cooke received his medical degree in 1980 from Wayne State University and his PhD in 1985 from the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine, a research fellowship in physiology and biophysics and a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Mayo. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1990 and received tenure in 1995.

Denise L. Johnson, MD, was promoted to associate professor of surgery. She has worked collaboratively with the nuclear medicine division and the pathology department to develop protocols for lymphatic mapping and sentinel node biopsy in melanoma, setting the stage for the establishment of the multidisciplinary melanoma clinic which she directs. She was chosen in 1999 to serve a 10-year term on the Commission on Cancer and in 2002 to serve on a national melanoma committee, both under the auspices of the American College of Surgeons. She is co-investigator on NIH studies to characterize tumor-specific T cells in breast solid tumors and to conduct microarray gene analysis of T cells in the context of cancer. Johnson received her MD from Washington University and trained at the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, University of Dallas, University of Illinois and the City of Hope National Medical Center. She joined the Stanford faculty in 1991. Johnson is an advising dean for medical students.

Yahli Lorch, PhD, was appointed associate professor (research) of structural biology. Since 1985, she has served in the Department of Structural Biology, first as a research associate and later as a senior research associate. Her work involves the mechanism of chromatin remodeling whereby the genetic information in chromosomes is made available for readout by the process of transcription in living cells. She developed a system for studying transcription initiation in vitro using chromatin templates. Her studies appear in premier journals in the field including Cell and Molecular Cell. Lorch received her PhD in genetics in 1983 from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and subsequently completed postdoctoral fellowships in molecular biology at Stanford in the departments of genetics and structural biology.

Vinod Menon, PhD, was promoted to associate professor (research) of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. He is associate director for functional brain imaging and computational neuroscience in Stanford’s Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory and on the faculty of the biological computation group, the program in neuroscience and the Stanford Brain Research Institute. His research focuses on understanding information processing in the brain using multidisciplinary approaches including brain imaging, physics, computer science, mathematics and statistics. He has also studied psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia and fragile X syndrome — one of the most common single-gene diseases and a leading form of autism. Menon received a PhD in computer science in 1990 from the University of Texas-Austin. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in neurophysiology at UC-Berkeley and a fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. He served as a Sinclair Research Foundation fellow at Stanford in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He was appointed to the faculty in 2000.