Latest faculty promotions announced

Terence Ketter

Robert Negrin

Matilde Nino-Murcia

George A. Fisher, MD, PhD, was promoted to associate professor of medicine. He has been medical director of the Stanford oncology and comprehensive cancer clinics since 1999.

As a clinician he focuses on liver and gastrointestinal malignancies. He inaugurated the liver tumor board at the request of liver transplant surgeons. His research program focuses on clinical trials involving new investigational agents for the treatment of a wide range of cancers.

He received the oncology division’s teaching award three times in the past four years. He wrote recent articles in Cancer, Clinical Cancer Research and the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, the journal of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.

Fisher earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Stanford. He earned his PhD through the Stanford Graduate Program in Cancer Biology. He received his MD in 1987 from the School of Medicine and trained at Stanford as an intern, internal medicine resident and a fellow in the division of oncology. He was appointed to the faculty in 1996.

Terence A. Ketter, MD, was promoted to professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, with tenure, He is chief and founder of the adult bipolar disorders clinic.

His scholarly work includes neuroimaging, phenomenological and psychopharmacological studies of bipolar disorder. His brain imaging studies have identified regions with altered cerebral activity in patients with the illness, advancing knowledge of neural structures that contribute to regulation of emotion and mood.

Ketter’s group has developed methods for in vivo assessment of gamma-aminobutyric acid, the major inhibitory neurotransmitter of the nervous system, and glutamate using magnetic resonance spectroscopy. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Affective Disorders and the boards of three major journals.

Ketter obtained his MD in 1984 from the University of Toronto. His postdoctoral training included a psychiatry internship and residency at UCSF and a senior staff fellowship in the biological psychiatry branch of the National Institute of Mental Health. He was appointed to the Stanford faculty in 1997.

Jose G. Montoya, MD, was promoted to associate professor of medicine. He is clinical chief of the division of infectious diseases and geographic medicine.

Montoya is an authority in the diagnosis and treatment of toxoplasmosis and an expert in infectious diseases of the immune-compromised host, especially in cardiac transplantation and AIDS.

His interest in toxoplasmosis began while he was a postdoc at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, developing serological assays for detecting the disease in both immunocompetent and immunodeficient hosts. He continues as co-director of the PAMF toxoplasma serology lab.

He is a native of Colombia and earned his medical degree there in 1985. He trained at Tulane University medical school and completed a four-year postdoctoral fellowship in infectious diseases at Stanford. He served from 1994 as a clinical assistant professor. He received a faculty appointment and joined the Positive Care Clinic at Stanford in 1997.

Montoya received eight teaching awards at Stanford including the Bloomfield, Ebaugh, Kaiser and Rytand awards.

Robert S. Negrin, MD, was promoted to professor of medicine; he received tenure in 1997. Negrin is director of the division of bone marrow transplantation.

He is noted for translational research in BMT and innovative cellular approaches to cancer therapy. His group has identified culture conditions that result in the expansion of a population of T cells (called cytokine-induced killer cells) that can recognize and kill tumor cell targets. He also identified a population of regulatory T cells that reduce graft-versus-host disease without interfering with tumor reactions.

He served from 2000 to 2002 as president of the International Society for Cellular Therapy and is vice president of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. He is associate editor of Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

Negrin graduated from Harvard medical school in 1984 and completed an internship, residency and hematology fellowship at Stanford. He joined the faculty in 1990.

Matilde Nino-Murcia, MD, was promoted to professor of radiology. She is a member of the clinical abdominal imaging section at the VA-Palo Alto medical center.

Her primary focus involves imaging using multidetector computerized tomography technology in the diagnosis, classification and staging of pancreatic cancer; using positron-emission tomography to evaluate genitourinary tumors; and evaluating gastrointestinal motility disorders in patients with spinal cord injury.

She wrote recent articles in Abdominal Imaging, the American Journal of Roentgenology and Radiology.

She served as acting chief of radiology at the VA and a decade ago initiated the monthly radiology-pathology conferences, which she continues to co-direct.

Nino-Murcia graduated from the National University of Colombia medical school in 1970. Her postdoctoral training included a residency in diagnostic radiology and a fellowship in body imaging at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. She joined Stanford in 1984 and received a faculty appointment in 1985.