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  • Marlene Rabinovitch

    Marlene Rabinovitch

    Dwight and Vera Dunlevie Professor in Pediatric Cardiology

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Our research program seeks to identify the cellular and molecular programs regulating vascular and lung development, through the use of cultured cells and tissues and mouse and rat models. We then determine how these programs are perturbed by genetic abnormalities or injurious processes associated with disease, focusing on pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a fatal complication in children with heart defects, and a condition of unknown etiology primarily in young women.

  • Ralph Rabkin

    Ralph Rabkin

    Professor of Medicine, Emeritus

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr Rabkin is examining the mechanism of the acquired resistance to hormones that develops in kidney failure.In particular he is studying the impact of kidney failure on the action of growth hormone and the role of impaired signal transduction as a cause of growth hormone resistance. He is also engaged in the study of growth factors in diabetic kidney disease.

  • Efren Rael

    Efren Rael

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

    Bio As a child of age 8, I was introduced to science at the local university washing glassware in my father’s immunology laboratory. I have spent a lifetime refining and building on those early life experiences.

    As a next generation expert in immunology, bridging my father’s interest in laboratory research, my passion is in merging clinical care with scientific patterns. Having seen over 10,000 patients, I have tried to use clinical pattern recognition to bridge current concepts in the scientific literature with goals to provide advances to, and the best clinical care possible. These efforts have led to collaborations both far and near, including as expert panel member in allergy/immunology reviewing Canada’s National Centres of Excellence in Research strategic planning goals, an invited editorial for the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, a book chapter on allergen immunotherapy, reviewer for leading journals to help shape the flow of ideas moving science forward, and as editor-in-chief for the Journal of Respiratory Disorders.

  • Thomas Raffin

    Thomas Raffin

    The Colleen and Robert Haas Professor in Medicine and Biomedical Ethics, Emeritus

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Raffin is a clinician, teacher and investigator. He retired as Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in 2004. His key areas of academic interest include the biology and management of acute lung injury; basic biology of human lung and white cells; and, key issues in biomedical ethics including withholding and withdrawing life support, health care delivery, genomics, genetic screening, and neuroethics.

  • Zakia Rahman, MD

    Zakia Rahman, MD

    Clinical Associate Professor, Dermatology

    Bio Zakia Rahman, M.D., is a Clinical Associate Professor, Assistant Chief at the Livermore Division of the PAVAHCS and Director of the Resident Laser and Aesthetic Clinic. Her clinical interests include geriatric dermatology, surgical dermatology, lasers, ethnic skin, fillers and neurotoxins for medical and aesthetic indications. Her research interests include lasers for medical and aesthetic indications and ethnic skin. Dr. Rahman also serves on the Stanford School of Medicine Faculty Senate and the Stanford Committee for Professional Satisfaction and Support. 

  • Douglas Rait, Ph.D.

    Douglas Rait, Ph.D.

    Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Rait's clinical and research interests include couples and family therapy, the family context of health and illness, family-systems training in medical education, work-couple-family balance, the influence of technology on family relationships, health technology innovation, multidisciplinary team performance, and digital applications in the behavioral sciences.