The Digital MEdIC Team

Our innovative team works with collaborators to develop high-quality, media-rich learning content that is delivered free-of-cost to healthcare professionals worldwide.

Team Members

Charles Prober, MD is the Senior Associate Vice Provost for Health Education and Founding Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Health Education. He is a Professor of Pediatrics, Microbiology and Immunology. He is an expert in pediatric infectious diseases with an academic career focused on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, prevention, and treatment of infections in children. Some of his seminal work has resulted in the improvement of international blood transfusion practices through the selection of CMV negative donors for immunocompromised hosts; the optimal duration of antibiotic therapy for serious bacterial infections, including osteomyelitis and meningitis; the use of antiviral agents in the management of serious herpes virus infections; and the standardization of care in the management of pregnant women with HSV infections. Prober has published extensively in peer-reviewed subspecialty, specialty, and general medical journals and he is editor of Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, one of the major textbooks in the field of pediatric infectious diseases.

Dr. Prober has been involved in medical education throughout his career. He has directed a number of undergraduate and graduate student courses in the classroom and at the bedside, served as Associate Chair for Education for the Department of Pediatrics, and lectured locally, nationally, and internationally on infectious diseases and medical education. He served as Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education at Stanford from 2007-2017 and in that role he worked diligently to create a more diverse and supportive educational environment for our students and graduate medical trainees. Some of the initiatives developed under his leadership included: the highly successful Educators-4-CARE (E4C) program, the Office of Medical Student Wellness, expansion of combined degree programs, the creation of the Stanford Society for Physician Scholars for residents and fellows, the use of Multi-Mini Interviews as part of our medical school admissions process, and the creation of our Teaching and Mentoring Academy.

In addition to being a national advocate for enhancing the richness of interactions between faculty and students in medical education, Charles has advocated for a more measured approach to the use of national examination scores in the selection of residents, working with the leadership of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Prober is the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the 2016 Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Outstanding and Innovative Contributions to Medical Education.
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Maya Adam MD has been teaching at Stanford University since 2009. She received her BA in Human Biology from Stanford before studying medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to her post-secondary studies, she spent 10 years as a professional ballet dancer with the State Theater of Saxony in Germany. At the Stanford School of Medicine, Adam creates online educational content for the Re-imagining Medical Education Project, led by Charles Prober MD, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education. In the Program in Human Biology, Adam teaches courses on child health and nutrition. In 2013, Adam created the free, massive open online course Stanford Child Nutrition and Cooking, a public health education outreach effort that has reached more than 300,000 international students. She is also the founder of a non-profit organization called Just Cook for Kids. In 2014, Adam started applying the new teaching technologies being developed at Stanford to the creation of digital teaching tools designed to support the work of international community health workers. The resulting Stanford Health Outreach App is now being used by community health organizations in South Africa and Guatemala and the teaching videos associated with the app have been translated into Xhosa, Spanish and Hindi. In 2015 Adam created the online CME course Food and Medicine and the parallel open online course, Food and Health. She is the author of Food Love Family: A Practical Guide to Child Nutrition.
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Aarti Porwal is Director of Strategic Initiatives in Medical Education at Stanford School of Medicine. Aarti works with the Senior Associate Dean of Medical Education to lead educational strategic initiatives including cross-institution collaborations, curricular redesign, new program development, and other approaches to improve the quality, continuity, and experience for our UME, GME, and CME learners. She completed an Administrative Fellowship in Academic Healthcare at the University of Michigan Health System, and holds a Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Michigan.
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Jamie Johnston is the research and evaluation lead for Digital MEdIC and a postdoctoral fellow in the Stanford School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Division of Clinical Anatomy. Her work focuses on the use of technology to improve educational access and instructional quality in under-resourced areas, as well as how new teaching technologies can improve learning outcomes in medical education. Jamie completed her PhD in Economics of Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education in 2017, where she was an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) doctoral fellow. Jamie also received a B.S. in Social Policy from Northwestern University, an M.P.P from the University of Chicago, and an M.A. in Economics from Stanford University.
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Erfan Mojaddam is the Innovations Lead with Stanford Medicine's Educational Technology team. His focus is to work closely with faculty and staff to research, initiate, implement, and catalyze the adoption of technology solutions that support teaching, learning, and research activities across the education programs at Stanford Medicine.
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Kim is Manager of the Instructional Design and Production team (EdTech) in the School of Medicine at Stanford University. She consults with SoM faculty to design and develop online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses for undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education. Kim holds a Ph.D. and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Instructional Design and Science Education from the University of South Florida. Her undergraduate degree is in biology from the University of Colorado. She formerly worked at Stanford Hospital as a Program Manager and Education Specialist in Graduate Medical Education.
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Semay Johnston is a medical illustrator in the Stanford School of Medicine and specializes in the visual communication of scientific and medical information through a variety of media. She believes that creative visualization provides a rare power to engage learners, simplify complexity, and inspire research. Previously, Semay worked at Macmillan Learning developing HTML5 interactive science modules and created surgical and anatomical illustrations at Body Scientific International. She holds an M.S. in Biomedical Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Carlos is a Digital Media Specialist at the Stanford School of Medicine. He studied film and media at UC Santa Barbara, where he made short documentaries for public-access TV, and proceeded to work at an exciting tech startup producing videos. Before joining Stanford, he found his way to cable television and designed graphics for MTV’s Catfish.
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Malea Schulte is an artist, facilitator, and project manager. She specializes in creating “Storybanks” as vehicles for community development both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining Digital MEdIC, Malea was a member of the Patient Experience team at Stanford Health Care where she led The Stanford Storybank, a program created in partnership with StoryCorps, to amplify the voices of patients, families, and staff of the Stanford community. Malea’s previous projects include co-leading a women’s delegation to Rwanda in recognition of 20 years post-genocide, launching an AmeriCorps afterschool arts program for middle school students at the Baltimore Design School, and volunteering as in-house artist at the Iowa Baseball Museum of Norway. Malea holds a B.A. in Studio Art and minor in Mathematics from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame.
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Pooja Suri is the research and evaluation analyst for Digital MEdIC. Prior to joining Digital MEdIC in 2018, she worked for J-PAL South Asia on social networks projects with Stanford professor Arun Chandrasekhar and Harvard professor Emily Breza. Pooja’s previous projects include studying the effectiveness of targeting under the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF2), and fiscal federalism in South Sudan. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Delhi University and an MPP from Georgetown University.
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Artist, designer, and filmmaker working between design and film-making, cinematography and consulting at the Stanford School of Medicine. Before working with the Stanford School of Medicine, he founded and led the video production arm of Grokker Inc., a wellness-oriented instructional video platform.
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Suman is a medical illustrator at the Stanford School of Medicine. Her interest is in curating complex medical content into accessible and actionable public health information. Before joining Stanford, Suman created illustrations for Google's Health Search product. She has also worked on patient education projects at Stanford Children's Hospital, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Suman completed a BA in painting at the University of California at Santa Barbara, College of Creative Studies and a Master of Science in Biomedical Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Student Ambassadors

The Digital MEdIC Student Ambassadors are Stanford medical students who are paired with faculty members to assist in the planning, design, creation, and evaluation of online courses. Using their experience as medical students, they work closely with the instructional design team to develop interactive and adaptive lessons focused on learner-centered design.

Ryan Brewster is a second year MD candidate at Stanford University. He is broadly interested in leveraging technology to expand access to services and resources to underserved populations. His current research and professional pursuits include cancer biology, global health, biodesign and the intersection of the arts and medicine. Before medical school, he completed his undergraduate education at Middlebury College and studied the molecular pathology of brain tumors at the Brigham and Women's Hospital.
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Ben is a fourth-year medical student completing a dual degree MD/MS in Epidemiology and Clinical Research. His major clinical interests are in cardiology and oncology, while his primary academic interests lie in clinical outcomes research, global health, and medical education. Ben spends most of his time outside the hospital backpacking, eating spicy foods, and watching Sanford Football.
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Yagmur is a first-year medical student at Stanford. Prior, she completed her PhD at Yale University, using X-ray crystallography and protein engineering to solve the structure of lipid kinases in complex with substrates and effector molecules. She is passionate about pushing for innovation and discovery in medicine and science. She is equally interested in making these topics understandable and impactful for others: students, educators, colleagues, and patients here in the United States, as well as across the globe.
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Suchita is a fifth year MD/PhD student at Stanford University. By day, she studies a microscopic brain parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, a close relative of the pathogens that cause malaria. By night, she dreams of becoming a physician-microbiologist-educator who partners with local communities to innovate practical solutions for infections of the developing world. She has also been a curriculum development assistant for Stanford Medical School for three years.
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Nitya Rajeshuni is a Stanford medical student concurrently pursuing a Masters in Epidemiology and Clinical Research. Although born and brought up in the States, she is incredibly proud of her Indian heritage and is interested in global health innovations abroad. She is passionate about teaching, medical education, and the interface between medicine and the creative arts.
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Akshay is a medical student, pursuing projects that interface between genetics laboratory research and clinical medicine. In addition, he is developing medical education tools that aim to disseminate the most up to date knowledge to a broad and global audience.
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South Africa Team

Maya Adam MD has been teaching at Stanford University since 2009. She received her BA in Human Biology from Stanford before studying medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to her post-secondary studies, she spent 10 years as a professional ballet dancer with the State Theater of Saxony in Germany. At the Stanford School of Medicine, Adam creates online educational content for the Re-imagining Medical Education Project, led by Charles Prober MD, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education. In the Program in Human Biology, Adam teaches courses on child health and nutrition. In 2013, Adam created the free, massive open online course Stanford Child Nutrition and Cooking, a public health education outreach effort that has reached more than 300,000 international students. She is also the founder of a non-profit organization called Just Cook for Kids. In 2014, Adam started applying the new teaching technologies being developed at Stanford to the creation of digital teaching tools designed to support the work of international community health workers. The resulting Stanford Health Outreach App is now being used by community health organizations in South Africa and Guatemala and the teaching videos associated with the app have been translated into Xhosa, Spanish and Hindi. In 2015 Adam created the online CME course Food and Medicine and the parallel open online course, Food and Health. She is the author of Food Love Family: A Practical Guide to Child Nutrition.
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Angela is a freelance project coordinator contracted to Digital MEdIC South Africa to support a variety of projects. She has a corporate background spanning across sales, marketing and project management, as well holding a BSocSc (Honors) in Psychological Research from the University of Cape Town. She worked closely with the Prime Minister of Haiti for many years in a project management, research and support role and she has extensive training and experience in multiple health and fitness disciplines. Angela is ideally suited to the role of project coordinator of the Digital MEdIC South Africa project, as it speaks to so many of her passions and skills. She is hands-on in all aspects of Digital MEdIC South Africa and assists with coordination and support for the team.
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Donald is a Digital Media Specialist contracted to Digital MEdIC South Africa. He studied cinematography, editing and motion graphics at AFDA Cape Town, where he made short films and worked on feature films. He went on to freelance and has worked on content for TV, feature films, documentaries and online campaigns since 2010.
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Shân is an illustrator contracted to Digital MEdIC South Africa. She graduated University with an Honours degree in Visual Art. Choosing to master Painting and Printmaking, she discovered her love for colour as well as detailed, intricate monochromatic art. This, coupled with working part-time in a tissue culture laboratory dissecting pine tree embryos, led to her odd career of being both a children's book and medical illustrator. Illustrating for children allows her to create fun, colourful worlds that kids can escape into, while medical illustration satisfies her love of meticulous art and her need for order and precision. Shân has over 12 years of experience working in the publishing, gaming, TV and film industries as a concept artist, lead background designer, illustrator and visual development artist. She is a published children's book illustrator and has worked for the likes of Disney, National Geographic Kids and Penguin Random House Publishers. Shân also has teaching experience in Art and English, both in South Africa and Japan.
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Alexis is a freelance visual creative contracted by Digital MEdIC South Africa. Coming from a background in film and then migrating to design and illustration, Alexis has a firm understanding of visual storytelling. Years working at various high end post production facilities in South Africa have left him with a broad skill set and unique creative viewpoint which coalesce into visually enticing and exciting work.
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Faculty Advisory Board

Digital MEdIC is guided by a Faculty Advisory Board consisting of internal Stanford thought leaders who are renowned in their field and have experience delivering technology-based medical education and training to global audiences.

Maya Adam, MD
lecturer, pediatrics - infectious diseases
Rajesh Dash, MD, PhD
assistant professor of medicine (cardiovascular medicine) at the stanford university medical center
S. V. Mahadevan, MD
associate professor of emergency medicine at stanford university medical center
Pedro Tanaka, MD, PhD, MACM
clinical professor, anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine
Rita Popat, PhD
clinical associate professor, health research & policy
Charles Prober, MD
senior associate dean, medical education
Nilima Ragavan, MD
clinical associate professor, pediatrics - neonatal and developmental medicine
Sakti Srivastava, MBBS, MS
associate professor (teaching) of surgery (anatomy)
Matthew Strehlow, MD
clinical associate professor, emergency medicine
Abraham Verghese, MD, MACP
linda r. meier and joan f. lane provostial professor