The Stanford Department of Surgery currently educates more than 40 postdocs at varying levels of expertise. Mentors from all five of our clinical divisions (abdominal transplantation, general surgery, pediatric surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and vascular surgery) support the personal growth and professional development of postdoctoral trainees at labs across our Palo Alto campus. 

A postdoc appointment in one of our labs can be achieved through multiple avenues. While Stanford will often list open positions, most of our postdocs start their journey by researching our faculty and finding a mentor. The Department of surgery also offers several ACGME and ASTS accredited fellowship programs.

Meet our Postdocs

Julia Dowran, MBBS

Mentor: Dr. Jill Helms

“You have to know how it works,” said Julia Dworan, MBBS. “Then you can think about how to help the patients, see if there is a treatment.”

Ayantika Sen, PhD

Mentor: Dr. Sheri Krams

“I didn’t think I would get accepted into a lab at Stanford, but my PhD mentor encouraged me to apply,” said Ayantika Sen, PhD. “It’s a very farfetched dream coming true.”

Aditi Kashikar, MBBS

Mentor: Dr. Shipra Arya

“In the past few months, I have had the honor of collaborating and working with experts from various specialties and backgrounds, working on fantastic projects which have the potential of significantly improving surgical outcomes, and of course, working with Dr. Arya, who is an amazing mentor and guide,” says Aditi Kashikar, MBBS.

Orestis Vardoulis, PhD

Mentor: Dr. James Wall

“It’s an interesting place to be—the space between academia and industry,” says Orestis Vardoulis, PhD. “It’s research, but it’s also innovation.”

Mimi R. Borrelli, MBBS, MSc

Mentor: Drs. Longaker & Wan

“It’s been an amazing experience seeing my projects progress and developing these relationships,” said Mimi R. Borrelli, MBBS, MSc, who plans to apply for plastic surgery residency programs in the near future. “Doing plastic surgery and being a surgeon scientist is my dream!”

Hossein Mohamadipanah, PhD

Mentor: Dr. Carla Pugh

“There is a huge opportunity in solving surgical education problems,” said Dr. Hossein Mohamadipanah, TECI’s senior research scientist. “We focus on using technology to enhance surgical training programs.”

Berenice Mbiribindi, MSc, PhD

Mentor: Dr. Sheri Krams

“The immune system has always fascinated me,” said Berenice Mbiribindi, MSc, PhD, is a postdoctoral scholar in the Transplant Immunology Lab. “There is a large variety of immune cells that help us to fight cancer and microbes and keep us healthy, but I have a great interest in natural killer(NK) cells.”