Season 3, 2024

A podcast exploring basic, clinical, translational, and health services research from Stanford University's Department of Surgery through conversations with the authors.

Each episode focuses on a recently published paper by one of our faculty and/or trainees. Listen to the stories behind the data and be the first to hear what our PIs are working on next! 


Precision Skin Cancer Treatment with Dr. Amanda Kirane

In this episode, Dr. Amanda Kirane, an assistant professor and specialist in complex general surgical oncology, shares her unconventional journey into melanoma research. Discover the latest advancements in immunotherapy for skin cancer, including Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocytes (TIL) therapy, and the science behind creating patient avatars with organoid models. Dr. Kirane also shares her admiration for influential surgeons in her life and offers insightful advice.

The Role of Plastic Surgery in Critical Care Medicine with Dr. Benjamin Levi

This episode of Scrubcast features Dr. Benjamin Levi, our honored guest at the 2024 Emile F. Holman Lecture. He shares insights on his motivation for merging plastic surgery with critical care, emphasizing the holistic care of burn patients from acute treatment to long-term reconstructive surgery.

Levi’s primary research focus is on heterotopic ossification. He explains how injuries can lead to bone formation in unintended locations and the implications for patient care. He highlights how each of the places he’s lived, worked, and studied contributed uniquely to his research and clinical practice.

Non-Surgical Treatment for Pierre Robin Sequence with Dr. HyeRan Choo

In this episode of Scrubcast, host Rachel Baker interviews Dr. HyeRan Choo, a clinical associate professor in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University. Dr. Choo discusses her journey into dentistry and orthodontics, which began in Korea.

Dr. Choo is doing innovative work treating Pierre Robin Sequence—a rare congenital condition—using a non-surgical method. This novel approach, developed to alleviate the condition's characteristic symptoms without surgery, scoops the tongue out of the airway, allowing immediate relief for affected babies. So far, Dr. Choo has treated 25 babies with the Orthodontic Airway Plate.

The episode concludes with Dr. Choo sharing valuable advice and acknowledging her mentor, Dr. Park.

Colorectal Cancer and Wellness with Dr. Cindy Kin

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! In this episode of Scrubcast, host Rachel Baker interviews Dr. Cindy Kin, an associate professor in Stanford University's Department of Surgery. Dr. Kin delves into her choice to specialize in colorectal surgery and shares insights on the increasing trend of colon cancer in younger patients. She discusses the importance of early detection and elaborates on her research to improve patient outcomes post abdominal surgery through 'prehabilitation.'

Dr. Kin also talks about her role as the Director of Wellness at Stanford and her efforts to improve the well-being and work-life balance of fellow physicians. Only a few months in, she has already kicked off several new projects. She explains “Tell Us About It;” a new program developed in conjunction with our Quality Improvement team.

GLP1s and Bariatric Surgery with Dr. Dan Azagury

With the advent of GLP1s like Ozempic, aren’t Bariatric Surgeons out of a job?

We take a deep dive into obesity treatments with Dr. Dan Azagury, an Associate Professor in the Division of General Surgery and Chief of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at Stanford University's Department of Surgery. We discuss topics such as how GLP1s were discovered and the benefits and risks of GLP-1 agonists. We also touch on the importance of holistic treatment for obesity and how medication and surgery are just two of the mechanisms for weight loss in their arsenal.

To close out the show, Dr. Azagury shares his admiration for Dr. Claude LeCoultre, who was Head of the Department of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Geneva from 1991 to 2004, and—of course—the best advice he’s received in 10 words or less.

You can learn more about Stanford Medical Weight Loss program here.

A Closer Look at Statins with Dr. Nazish Sayed

In this episode, we interview Dr. Nazish Sayed, an assistant professor in the Division of Vascular Surgery and the Cardiovascular Institute at Stanford University. Dr. Sayed has a unique role as a research faculty in the Department of Surgery and his expertise in vascular disease. We talk about the beneficial effects of statins on vascular function and how statins can prevent cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Sayed et al published a paper in Nature Cardiovascular Research in May 2023 on statins at the molecular level, and we discuss the challenges faced in getting the paper published (four years!). The episode concludes with a discussion of Dr. Joseph Wu, Dr. Joseph Woo, and Dr. Sayed's future research plans.