Chiefs Announcements

Dipanjan (Dip) Banerjee MD was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) on February 1, 2017.


David Liang MD PhD was promoted to Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) on March 1, 2017.


Todd Brinton MD was promoted to Clinical Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) on April 1, 2017.


Minang (Mintu) Turakhia MD was promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) on April 1, 2017.

Please join us in congratulating Dip, David, Todd and Mintu!

New roles in the Division:


Josh Knowles and Christiane Haeffele have accepted the role as Associate Fellowship Director, Stanford ACGME Cardiology Fellowship Program.


Sahar Naderi and Abha Khadelwal have accepted the roles as Clinic Chief and Associate Clinic Chief respectively.


Terra Coakley will continue her role as Program Manager for the Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease. In addition, she has been appointed Communication and Events Manager for the Division.

Welcome New Staff:


Becca Fuhlbrigge, Clinical Research Coordinator - Becca is primarily working on the DCM Consortium study for the Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease but also helps with other clinical trials as well as DNA extraction in the Ashley Lab. Becca started on January 4th.


Julie Gordon, Clinical Research Coordinator - Julie is supporting research efforts in post-heart transplant for Dr. Kiran Khush. She started on January 9th.


Peter Silva, Grant Specialist - Pete has been with the Division for about six months but became permanent staff on March 16th. Pete will be working closely with Crystal Botham on grant submissions for the Division. See Funding Announcements and Upcoming Opportunities for more about Pete.


Audrey Schlachter, Data Aide - Audrey is supporting the SCICD Center as well as other clinics with patient data entry. Audrey started on March 20th.

Congrats to Paul Zei:


As many of you have heard after 11 years at Stanford, Paul Zei MD PhD will be headed back to Boston to build a comprehensive Atrial Fibrillation program at Brigham Women’s Hospital. We congratulate Paul on this new adventure. Paul’s last day at Stanford is June 30th.


  • Faculty annual reviews are due April 30th. Please make sure these are completed by the deadline. You should have received an email from either Lida or Manisha to schedule your review appointment with either Tom or Alan.
  • Staff annual performance evaluations are due May 5th. Please make sure you complete the review and meet with your staff before the deadline.
  • Upcoming faculty meetings – Tuesday, April 18th 5pm (Falk Library)/Tuesday, July 18th 5pm (Falk Library)
  • Annual Faculty Retreat – Saturday, September 9th 8am Location: Paul Brest Hall, Munger Conference Center
  • Faculty/Fellow Monthly Socials – upcoming dates: Friday, April 28th 4:30pm Falk Library/Friday, June 2nd 4:30pm Falk Library
  • Summer students - Please have faculty notify the division if they plan to invite any student interns to their labs for the summer – paperwork should be turned in no later than April 15th to Francesca Tongco.
Cardiology Grand Rounds

Thursday, April 6

Christiane Haeffele, MD

Stanford University

Thursday, April 13

David Liang, MD, PhD

Stanford University

Thursday, April 20

Robert Harrington, MD

Stanford University

Thursday, April 27

Miguel Valderrabano, MD

Houston Methodist

Upcoming Cardiology Grand Rounds
Latest News

Raising Awareness for Heart Disease: SCICD Pasta Feed and SHC/Racing Hearts 5K/10K Race

On March 3rd Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease sponsored its 1st Annual Pasta Feed at Mitchell Park Community Center in preparation for the 4th Annual Stanford Healthcare/Racing Hearts 5K/10K Race. Over 100 attendees gathered to hear inspirational stories from cardiac arrest survivors. Over 1600 participated in the annual race.

A Celebration of the Heart(s)!

On March 23rd the Stanford Heart Transplant Symposium and Reunion took place in Li Ka Shing Center. Many cardiologists, patients, families and friends gathered to celebrate over 25 years of heart transplant successes. Eric Williams, Executive Director, Solid Organ Transplant Service was awarded with the recognition award for the enduring positive impact he has on a patient and family experience.

Rare transplant procedure at Stanford Hospital saves two women’s lives

The rare procedure – the eighth time since 1988 at Stanford – was the first for Dr. Joseph Woo, a nationally recognized heart surgeon. A Domino donor is when a heart-lung recipient also donates his/her heart.

$50 million gift to Children’s Heart Center

The donation from philanthropists Gordon and Betty Moore is the largest gift to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford since the hospital’s founding gift.

Upcoming Events

Funding Announcements and Upcoming Opportunities

Congratulations to the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine’s 2016 Seed Grant awardees:

Marco Perez & Philip Yang ($35,000) — Molecular and Genetic Mechanisms of Very Early Onset Atrial Fibrillation

Joshua Knowles & Daniel Bernstein ($35,000) — Nat1 deficiency as a model of insulin resistance cardiomyopathy

This Seed Grant funding opportunity enables our faculty to collect pilot data, conduct feasibility studies, and / or demonstrate interdisciplinary collaborations that enhance funding applications that support the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine’s mission.

Meet Pete! Peter Silva ( is the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine new Grant Specialist. He has 16+ years of experience helping faculty submit grants to NIH (using ASSIST), other federal organizations and foundations. He was previously at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences & Medicine. Pete joins Crystal Botham ( so the Division can more actively support its faculty and postdoctoral fellows in research development and proposal writing. Please contact Crystal and Pete for help with:

  • Identifying funding opportunities
  • Interpreting sponsor requirements and requesting strategic advice
  • Editing and critically evaluating proposals
  • Drafting specific sections of the application
  • Coordinating completion of proposals, subcontracts, and large collaborative projects
  • Providing educational resources, workshops, and one-on-one consultations

Crystal Botham PhD
Director, Strategic Research Development
Cardiovascular Medicine
Peter Silva
Grant Specialist
Cardiovascular Medicine

The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine’s new Research Executive Committee reviews proposals submitted for internal review. Request feedback on your 1-page Specific Aims or email Crystal (

Research Executive Committee Members

Congratulations to our Faculty and Postdoc grant recipients! (Awarded between January – March 2017)

If you are thinking about applying to a grant, email Crystal or Pete to learn more about the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine’s research development and proposal writing resources.

Quertermous, Thomas (PI)
NIH, NHLBI, R01HL134817
Causal variant association mechanisms in TCF21 binding coronary disease loci
Rhee, June (PI)
NIH, NHLBI, F32HL134221
The use of human iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes to describe the role of α-Tropomyosin mutations in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Rodriguez, Fatima (PI)
NIH, NHLBI, 1F32HL132396
SALUD (Study of disAggregated Latinos in the US to address Disparities).
Ingelsson, Erik (PI)
NIH, NHLBI, 1R01HL135313
Causal associations of circulating biomarkers with cardiovascular disease.
Parikh, Victoria Nicole (PI)
NIH, NHLBI, F32HL134233
An Essential Role for MiR-29b in the Protective Effect of Apelin in Diabetic Vascular Stiffness.
Ingelsson, Erik (PI)
Precision Wellness, Inc.
Validation of financial and clinical forecasting by application of a cardiovascular risk engine and calculators from Precision Medicine.

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Additional Funding: Cardiovascular Disease Funding Opportunities, Internal Funding Opportunities, Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities.

Harrington-scholar Innovation Program
        Deadline: April 5, 2017

California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
        Partnering Opportunities for Translational Research Projects
        Amount of funding: $1M to $4M
        Deadline: April 5, 2017
        CIRM Translational

AHA Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine
        AHA-Bayer Innovation and Discovery Grants
        Amount of funding: $150K
        Deadline: April 13, 2017

Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
        Amount of funding: $3 million each
        Deadline: May 31, 2017
        Breakthrough Prize

American Heart AssociationM
        Strategically Focused Research Network – Atrial Fibrillation
        Deadline: June 2017 LOI
        AHA SFRN

AHA Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine POSTDOCS
        Uncovering New Patterns Fellowship
        Amount of funding: $150K
        Deadline: June 1, 2017
        Uncovering New Patterns Grants
        Amount of funding: $150K
        Deadline: June 1, 2017

Children’s Heart Foundation
        Research Grant
        Amount of funding: $200K
        Deadline: June 2, 2017

National Institute of Health
        Research Project Grant (Parent R01)
        Deadline: June 5, 2017
        K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Awards POSTDOCS
        Deadline: June 12, 2017
        K08 Mentored Clinical Research Career Development Award POSTDOCS
        Deadline: June 12, 2017
        K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award POSTDOCS
        Deadline: June 12, 2017
        K99/R00 Pathway to Independence POSTDOCS
        Deadline: June 12, 2017
        NHLBI Clinical Trial Pilot Studies (R34)
        Deadline: June 16, 2017
        NHLBI Single-site Investigator-initiated Clinical Trials (R61/R33)
        Deadline: June 14, 2017
        Improving Outcomes in Cancer Treatment-Related Cardiotoxicity
        Deadline: June 2017
        R01: PA-16-035
        R21: PA-16-036

Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation
        Research Grant Program
        Amount of funding: $25-50K for 1 year
        Deadline: June 15, 2017 LOI

Stanford University
        Katherine McCormick Advanced Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowship POSTDOCS
        Amount of funding: $35,000
        Deadline: July 2017
        McCormick Fellowship
        Walter V. and Idun Berry Postdoctoral Fellowship Program POSTDOCS
        Amount of funding: $55,000
        Deadline: July 2017
        Berry Fellowship
        Translational Research Applied Medicine (TRAM) Pilot Grant POSTDOCS
        Amount of funding: $5K-30,000
        Deadline: July 14, 2017
        TRAM Pilot Grant

American Heart Association
        National Scientist Development Grant POSTDOCS
        Amount of funding: $231K over three years
        Deadline: July 2017
        AHA Scientist-Development-Grant
        Amount of funding: $154K over two years
        Deadline: July 2017
        AHA Grant-In-Aid
        Postdoctoral Fellowship POSTDOCS
        Amount of funding: $95,450-120,800 over 2 years
        Deadline: July 2017
        AHA Postdoctoral

Stanford University
        Stanford Cardiovascular Institute - 2017 Seed Grants
        Amount of funding: $15-40K
        Deadline: August 1, 2017
        CVI Seed Grants

National Institute of Health
        Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual
        Postdoctoral Fellows POSTDOCS

        Deadline: August 8, 2017

California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
        Discovery: Quest Awards (DISC2)
        Amount of funding: $700K-1.4M
        Deadline: August 15, 2017
        CIRM DISC2

Important Announcements

New NIH, NHLBI policy for Investigator-Initiated Single-Site and Multi-Site Clinical Trials.
The NIH Research Project Grant (Parent R01) PA-16-160 will no longer accept proposals for Single-Site and Multi-Site Clinical Trials for NHLBI. Now apply to Single-Site Investigator-Initiated Clinical Trials (R61/R33) using PAR-16-405. If you are proposing a pilot clinical trial, consider PAR-16-037. See NOT-HL-16-321 for more about NHLBI’s Investigator-Initiated Multi-Site Clinical Trails policy.

Training in the Protection of Human Subjects in Research has been updated to include a new training requirement on Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for all investigators and staff who are involved in the conduct, oversight or management of clinical trials. Register for training. Starting June 1, 2017, all clinical trials regardless of funding source will need to meet the GCP training requirement.

Clinical Research Operations Program and Certification. Spectrum has launched expanded training for clinical research personnel, and is offering a Clinical Research certification. Instructors include faculty and staff with clinical research expertise from across Stanford University.

Implementing Rigor and Transparency in NIH Research Grant Applications. Recently NIH announced updates to application instructions and review language intended to enhance the reproducibility of research findings through increase scientific rigor and transparency. These updates focus on four areas deemed important for enhancing rigor and transparency:

  1. the scientific premise forming the basis of the proposed research,
  2. rigorous experimental design for robust and unbiased results,
  3. consideration of relevant biological variables
  4. authentication of key biological and/or chemical resources.
The basic principles of rigor and transparency and the four areas of focus apply to the full spectrum of research, from basic to clinical. Investigators will need to consider how all four areas apply to their proposed research. Likewise, reviewers will assess whether these areas have been appropriately addressed by the applicant through revised language defining the peer review criteria. New Grant Guideline PDF, Resource Chart PDF.


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