Latha Palaniappan, M.D., M.S.
Dr. Palaniappan is an Associate Investigator at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI), Adjunct Associate Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of California San Francisco. She is also a graduate of Stanford's Clinical Epidemiology Masters program, funded by the Clinical Research Curriculum Award (K30). She is board certified in general internal medicine, augmented by further clinical training in Preventive Cardiology. She continues to devote a portion of her time to clinical work in Internal Medicine. She is well versed in clinical trial design and implementation, and in preparation and interpretation of statistical analysis.
Dr. Palaniappan has completed over thirty studies in the areas of obesity, insulin resistance, and cardiovascular risk. She has received grants from the General Clinical Research Center at the University of Michigan, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to explore gender and racial/ethnic differences in insulin metabolism as it affects the incidence of metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and coronary heart disease.
Kristen Azar, R.N., MSN/MPH
Kristen Azar, RN, M.S.N./M.P.H., is a Research Nurse and Project Coordinator in the Health Policy Research department at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute. Ms. Azar graduated with a dual Masters degree in Nursing and Public Health from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to that, she completed her undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley and further obtained a bachelors of science (B.S.N) in nursing from Johns Hopkins University. At PAMFRI, Ms. Azar works on various projects and is involved in proposal and manuscript development as well as project support. Additionally, Ms. Azar devotes a portion of her time to clinical work in Internal Medicine at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), as the clinic nurse for the South Asian Consult Service (PRANA) clinic with Dr. Latha Palaniappan. The PRANA clinic is a culturally competent preventive cardiology consult service primarily for South Asian patients.
Edith Gamboa, MPH
Cultural Competence Project Coordinator
Edith Gamboa, M.P.H. is a Project Coordinator working on cultural competence in the Health Policy Research department at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI). Ms. Gamboa graduated from George Washington University with a master’s degree in Public Health focused in health policy. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. At PAMFRI, Ms. Gamboa coordinates data collection and research projects on Race, Ethnicity, Ancestry and Language(R/E/A/L) demographics. Ms. Gamboa works to integrate research and clinical efforts to improve cultural competence based on the needs of our diverse patient population.
Katie Hastings, B.A., CPT-1, CNA
Katie Hastings, BA, CPT-1, CNA, is a Research Assistant at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI). Ms. Hastings has a dual Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Biology at Kalamazoo College and is also a licensed phlebotomist and Certified Nursing Assistant. At the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI), Ms. Hastings has been the primary recruiter for the Aspirin in the Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE) study, and is involved in conducting study visits as well as blood draws and anthropometric measurements for clinical examinations. She is certified as a Medical Interpreter in Spanish.
Elizabeth Torrez provides administrative support for Dr. Latha Palaniappan and the study team. Her primarily responsibilities include managing the daily schedule of Dr. Palaniappan, scheduling meetings, travel coordination, coordination of facility needs, human resource coordinator and routine communications and correspondences.
Elsie Wang, M.S.
Elsie Wang, M.S., is a Research Associate in the Health Policy Research department at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI). Ms. Wang graduated with a Master's degree in Psychology from Tufts University and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan. At PAMFRI, Ms. Wang has been involved in Pan Asian Cohort Study and assists with data analysis, manuscript development and project support for the study.
Beinan Zhao, M.S.
Beinan Zhao, M.S., is a Senior Statistician in the Health Policy Research department at Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI). Ms. Zhao has a dual Bachelor's degree in Medicine and Economics at Peking University, Beijing, and a Master's degree in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her graduate research experience includes conducting epidemiologic research on the risk factors of incident hypertension, Alzheimer's disease, and gout. At PAMFRI, Ms. Zhao is responsible for statistical analysis using analytic datasets for the research department.