Academic Advising

The goal of Academic Advising is to ensure each student optimizes his or her path to the MD degree by taking full advantage of the resources of Stanford University and the School of Medicine. Each student is assigned a primary academic advising dean who will work closely with the student throughout medical school. We encourage students to regularly meet with their advising dean and directly schedule an advising meeting through this website. For technical issues with online scheduling or questions regarding academic advising, please contact Advising Manager Ray Jackman at (650) 724-9622 or

Our Team of Advising Deans

Susan Knox MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology and Associate Dean for Academic Advising

(650) 725-2720

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N. Nounou Taleghani MD, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Assistant Dean for Academic Advising 

(650) 723-6576

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Yasmin Owusu MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Dean for Academic Advising

(650) 498-7586

Darren Salmi MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery- Anatomy and Clinical Assistant Professor, Pathology and Assistant Dean for Academic Advising

(650) 723-6265

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Sumit A. Shah MD, MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine, Division of Oncology and Assistant Dean for Academic Advising

(650) 498-600

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Eric Sibley MD, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology) and Assistant Dean for Academic Advising

(650) 723-5070

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In addition to your Academic Advising Dean, there are numerous additional advising resources available to you:

Student life advising: Dr. Rebecca Smith-Coggins ( is skilled at confidential issues involving personal health, relationships, and family. She is knowledgeable about resources on the Stanford campus to assist students in these areas.

Study and Learning: Lisa Medoff ( is a specialist in optimizing learning techniques and strategies. She is available to meet with students to improve their study techniques and to tap into Stanford's considerable resources to enhance learning.