Pediatric Housestaff

Global Health Mentors

Vinod (Vinny) Bhutani, MD
Professor, Pediatrics (Neonatology)
Dr. Vinod (Vinny) K. Bhutani, graduate of the Armed Forces Medical College (India), is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine at the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine. At the American Academy of Pediatrics, he was elected to the AAP Executive Committee the Section on Perinatal Pediatrics from District III, appointed to the Committee of Fetus and Newborn and the Subcommittee on Hyperbilirubinemia. Within the Programme for Global Paediatric Research, Dr. Bhutani launched the Global Prevent Kernicterus Network, serving as its Director. He serves as an advisory board of several NGOs for use to promote development, testing and implementation of affordable medical technologies for neonatal application. His heath-societal research interests include prevention of safe newborn care, jaundice-related newborn brain damage and ventilation induced respiratory injury through systems-approach, biotechnologies, biodesign of affordable medical devices and chemoprevention as well as development of low-cost, high quality strategies and health policies for global reduction of infant mortality and morbidities.

Saraswati Kache, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics - Critical Care
Dr. Kache is a Clinical Associate Professor in the division of Pediatric Intensive Care and has led the pediatric global health clinical and education efforts at Stanford since 2010. Her work as a clinician and educator has taken her to Kenya, India, Indonesia, China, Nepal, and Bangladesh. She has collaborated closely established partner sites in Nepal and Bangladesh. In 2009 she helped to develop a curriculum and training program for intensive care medicine at Patan Hospital and helped establish the PICU and NICU there. Her present research interest focuses on appropriate resuscitation of malnourished children that present in shock.

Kajal Khanna, MD, JD
Clinical Instructor, Surgery - Emergency Medicine
Dr. Khanna has a strong interest and dedication to, pediatric emergency care, medical education and issues of social justice both internationally and here in the United States. Her research and project work focuses on building sustainable training programs in pediatric emergency care in poorly-resourced countries. She also holds a law degree and has been focused on exploring the intersections between human rights and health.

Desiree LaBeaud, MD MS
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Disease)
Dr. LaBeaud devotes her efforts to better understanding the risk factors and long-term health consequences of arboviral infections, including Rift Valley fever, chikungunya, and dengue viruses. She also studies the effects of parasitic infections on vaccine responses,  growth, and development in children. She has two large field projects ongoing in Kenya. As a physician-scientist, she splits her time between research and clinical practice including travel clinic experience. In addition to her medical training in pediatric infectious diseases she holds a masters degree in Clinical Research.

Steve Luby, MD
Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases & Geographical Medicine)
Director of Research at the Center for Innovation in Global Health, Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Dr. Luby's research has focused on clarifying the burden of communicable diseases in low-income countries and developing and evaluating strategies to mitigate their impact. He is currently exploring the relationship between environmental degradation and disease burden in low income countries, with a view to developing and evaluating interventions. Dr. Luby previously led the Epidemiology Unit of the Community Health Sciences Department at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan and was Bangladesh Country Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Luby also directed the Centre for Communicable Diseases at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b).

Sandra Luna-Fineman, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics/Hematology & Oncology
Dr. Luna-Fineman a pediatric hematologist oncologist with over twenty years of experience and leadership roles in the field. Her research interests include retinoblastoma, myelodysplastic syndromes, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, environmental exposures and epidemiology of childhood cancer in low-income countries. She is Chair of the Retinoblastoma Committee of AHOPCA (Central American Hematology/Oncology Association) and co-Chair of the Graduated-intensity Committee of PODC (Pediatric Oncology Developing Countries) at SIOP (International Society of Pediatric Oncology). Dr. Luna-Fineman is also a Medical Trustee of the international NGO, World Child Cancer. She is the coPI for the NIH funded study: A pilot study of biomass smoke and childhood leukemia.

Yvonne Maldonado, MD FAAP
Professor, Medicine/Infectious Diseases
Academic Director, Global Child Health
Dr. Maldonado is a pediatrician and infectious disease expert. Dr. Maldonado’s research activities have included the epidemiology and prevention of viral infections such as rotavirus, measles, mumps, rubella, polio and pediatric HIV infection. In 1989, Dr. Maldonado received the Epidemic Intelligence Service Alumni Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and she was inducted into the Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame at Stanford University in 2001. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the Society for Pediatric Research, the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the American Public Health Association. r. Maldonado is a member of the HHS National Vaccine Advisory Committee and the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases (Red Book Committee). Her work has received funding from the NIH, CDC, WHO, Gates Foundation, and State of California.

Mehran Mosley, MD
Clinical Instructor, Pediatrics
Dr. Mosley is a board certified pediatrician at LPCH who specializes in the care of hospitalized patients. Dr. Mosley spent 8 years in the Alaskan bush communities caring for sick children. He is interested in promoting access to health care in the indigent population in the US and other countries. He is particularly interested in pediatric gastroenterology and malnutrition, children with severe neurological deficits and disability, emerging infectious diseases, and effects of poverty on childhood health. He serves as a member of the Pediatric Steering Committee and Oversight of Health Volunteers Overseas (, a nonprofit volunteer organization with a global reach. He is also working on various projects with WEEMA ( in Kembata-Tambaro woreda in Ethiopia to develop and improve access to adequate medical care in the district. He is committed to medical education of students and residents.

Eric Nelson, MD, PhD
Instructor of Pediatrics (Infectious Disease)
Dr. Nelson is a physician and molecular biologist whose research interests focus on the transmission of cholera from both the clinical and scientific perspectives. He studies the dynamic relationship between the human host, the pathogen Vibrio cholerae, and predation by lytic phage, as they collectively pertain to transmission. Dr. Nelson co-authored the Cholera Outbreak Training and Shigellosis (COTS) Program that was funded by USAID and serves to provide remote training to providers managing outbreaks in unstable difficult landscapes. Dr. Nelson studied in Bangladesh as a Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar. He has now expanded his research to include the development of a mobile technology to detect, map, and manage infectious disease outbreaks in collaboration with the non-profit company Medic Mobile.

Paul Wise, MD, MPH
Professor, Pediatrics & HRP Professor (by courtesy), Health Research & Policy
Dr. Wise is a health policy and outcomes researcher whose work has focused on children's health; health-outcomes disparities by race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status; the interaction of genetics and the environment as these factors influence child and maternal health; and the impact of medical technology on disparities in health outcomes. Dr. Wise has worked to improve healthcare practices and policies in developing countries. He is involved in child health projects targeting diseases such as tuberculosis and AIDS. He also travels each year to an indigenous village in Guatemala, where he teaches and provides care at the village clinic.

Faculty interested in being a Global Health mentor are encouraged to contact Saraswati Kache, scholarly concentration director.

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