Preetha Basaviah, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine - General Medical Disciplines
Bio:   Preetha Basaviah, MD, is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University where she serves as Assistant Dean of Pre-clerkship Education, Director of the Practice of Medicine Course (two-year doctoring course) for Stanford medical students, an Educator for CARE (Compassion, Advocacy, Respect, Advocacy), and as inpatient and outpatient attending. At Stanford since 2006, she has completed certification and faculty development through the Stanford Faculty Development Center in Professionalism and Teaching, Faculty Fellows Program, and through the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare. She received the 2011 SGIM National Award for Scholarship in Medical Education, 2007 General Internal Medicine Division Teaching Award, the 2009 Kaiser Award for excellence in preclinical teaching, the 2010 Larry Mathers Award for exceptional medical student teaching and mentoring, the 2010 California Region Clinician Educator of the Year Award, and the 2011 SGIM National Award for Medical Education Scholarship. She previously worked at UCSF from 2000-2005, where she served as an academic hospitalist, general internist, member of the Academy of Medical Educators, Teaching Scholar working with Dean David Irby, and Co-Director of the Foundations of Patient Care Course at UCSF Medical School. She received a BA and MD from Brown University. She completed a Primary Care Internal Medicine residency at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard University, and she then served as a Primary Care Chief Resident for the Beth Israel Hospital residency training program at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, located in West Roxbury, MA. After completing residency, Dr. Basaviah pursued a fellowship in medical education at the Harvard Institute for Education and Research as well as a faculty position as Associate Firm Chief and hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University. While at Harvard, she received the Lowell B. McGee Teaching Award and the Katherine Swan Ginsburg Award for humanism in medicine.

Dr. Basaviah has been active directing doctoring courses and developing clinical skills curricula for medical students to introduce them to hospital and outpatient clinical setting culture and experiences. In addition, she teaches and mentors residents in both outpatient and inpatient settings. She has written articles and book chapters in these areas of medical education (hospital medicine, bedside medicine, cultural competency, update in hospital medicine, cardiac auscultation curricula, feedback, information literacy, discharge process, and communicating professionalism). AAMC, WGEA (Co-Director of 2011 WGEA), ACP, SGIM, SHM (Director of 2005 national meeting), ACLGIM, and APDIM are venues in which she has presented workshops, plenary sessions, and panels regionally and nationally. She has actively participated in the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) and Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) at regional and national levels by chairing and co-chairing committees involving national meetings, clinical vignettes, medical education, and clinical updates. She served as SHM Annual Meeting Chair in 2005, Pre-Course Chair in 2004, CA Regional SGIM President in 2004-5, and WGEA Co-Director in 2011. She was recently inducted into the Association of Chairs and Leaders in General Internal Medicine (ACLGIM) and served as Annual Meeting Co-Chair and Leadership Summit Co-Chair in 2011-12.

She enjoys dancing (Indian classical, folk, ballet, and jazz), tennis, hoola-hooping, traveling, and most of all, spending time with her family and friends. She and husband Venky Ganesan, a venture capitalist in Palo Alto, are the lucky parents of 3 girls.

Professional Education

  • Fellowship: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Harvard Medical School (1998) MA
  • Residency: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Harvard Medical School (1998) MA
  • Board Certification: Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (1998)
  • Medical Education: Brown University Program In Medicine (1995) RI
  • M.D., Beth Israel Deaconess Center, Fellow in Medical Education (1999)
  • M.D., West Roxbury VA Medical Center, Harvard, Chief Resident (1998)
  • M.D., Beth Israel Hosital, Harvard, Residency (1998)
  • M.D., Brown School of Medicine, M.D. with Honors (1995)
  • B.A., Brown University, Human Biology with Honors (1991)

Honors & Awards

  • SGIM National Award for Scholarship in Medical Education, Society for General Internal Medicine (SGIM) (2011)
  • 2010 California Regional SGIM Clinician Educator of the Year Award, SGIM (2010)
  • L. Mathers Award for Exceptional Commitment to Teaching, Stanford Medical School (2010)
  • Pre-Clinical Teaching Award, Kaiser Family Foundation (2009)
  • Fellow, Fellow in Hospital Medicine (2009)
  • Faculty Fellow, Stanford University (2008-2009)
  • Educators for CARE, Stanford Medical School (2008)
  • Division of General Internal Medicine Teaching Award, Stanford University (2007)
  • Harvard Macy Scholar, Harvard Macy Institute (2006)
  • Academy of Medical Educators induction, UCSF (2004)
  • Stanford Faculty Development Program, Stanford University (2006)
  • Awardee: STAR award for clinical service, UCSF Medical Center (2004)
  • Teaching Scholars Program, UCSF School of Medicine (2002-2003)
  • Nominee: Division of General Internal Medicine Teaching Award, Stanford University (2006)
  • Nominee: Clinical X track for Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF (2005)
  • Nominee: Kaiser Teaching Award, UCSF School of Medicine (2005)
  • Nominee: Crede Award for Teaching, Division of General Internal Medicine, UCSF (2004)
  • Nominee: Outstanding Clinical Teaching, Class of 2004, UCSF (2004)
  • Nominee: Outstanding Foundation of Patient Care Facilitator, Class of 2007, UCSF (2004)
  • Nominee: Crede Award for Clinical Care, Division of General Internal Medicine, UCSF (2003)
  • Nominee: Outstanding Foundations of Patient Care Educator, UCSF (2003)
  • Honoree: UCSF Women in Medicine Residency Group, UCSF (2002)
  • Nominee: Kaiser Teaching Award, UCSF School of Medicine (2002)
  • Nominee: Crede Award for Clinical Care, Division of General Internal Medicine, UCSF (2001)
  • First prize winner, Clinical Vignette National Poster Competition, National Association of Inpatient Physicians (2001)
  • Institute Scholar, Harvard Institute for Education and Research (2000)
  • Nominee: Award for Excellence in Teaching, Harvard University Medical School (2000)
  • 25th Anniversary Commencement Aide, Brown University School of Medicine (2000)
  • Katherine Swan Ginsburg Memorial Award for Humanism in Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (1998)
  • Lowell McGee Memorial Teaching Award, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (1998)
  • Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation for Scholastic Achievement, American Medical Women's Association (1995)
  • Upjohn Achievement Prize for Outstanding Performance and Contribution, Brown University School of Medicine (1995)
  • Outstanding Category Ranking, Brown University School of Medicine (1995)
  • The Joseph Collins Scholarship for Academic Achievement, Brown University (1993-1995)
  • Association of Women Psychiatrists' Leah J. Dickstein, M.D. Award, Brown University School of Medicine (1993)
  • Society for Pediatric Research Scholar, Department of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Columbia University School of Medicine (1992)
  • McGraw-Hill Book Award for Academic Achievement, Brown University School of Medicine (1992)
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society, Sigma Xi (1991)
  • Emery Fellowship for Scholarly Ability and Excellence of Character, Brown University (1991)
  • George W. Hagy Prize in Human Biology, Brown University (1991)
  • Babette and Peter Stewart Prize for Overall Achievement in the Program in Liberal Medical Education, Brown University (1991)
  • Magna Cum Laude, Brown University (1991)
  • National Science Foundation Fellow, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University (1990)
  • Honors Research Program Intern, Roche Institute of Molecular Biology (1988)

Administrative Appointments

  • Chair, Stanford Committee on Curriculum, Advising, and Policy (2013 - 2015)
  • Assistant Dean of Preclerkship Education, Stanford University School of Medicine (2013 - Present)
  • Educator for CARE, Stanford University School of Medicine (2008 - Present)
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine (2006 - Present)
  • Course Director, Practice of Medicine, Stanford University (2007 - Present)
  • Co-Director, Foundation of Patient Care Course, UCSF Medical Center (2000 - 2006)
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF (2000 - 2006)
  • Associate Firm Chief, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard (2000 - 2001)
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine (2006 - Present)
  • Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF (2006 - 2006)
  • Director, Nurse Practitioner Course, "Chronic Illness", UCSF (2003 - 2004)
  • Director, Quality Improvement, Hospitalist Group, UCSF (2001 - 2003)
  • Associate Firm Chief, G. Kurkland Firm, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard (1999 - 2000)
  • Co-Director, Area of Concentration in Medical Education, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (1998 - 2000)
  • Attending Physician, Beth Israel Deaconess, Harvard (1998 - 2000)
  • Staff Physician/General Internist, Beth Israel Medical Center, Harvard (1998 - 2000)
  • Staff Physician/Hospitalist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard (1998 - 2000)
  • Revision Committee: Program in Liberal Medical Education, Brown University (2000 - 2000)
  • 25th Anniversary Commencement Aide, Brown University (2000 - 2000)
  • Research Intern, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (1991 - 1991)
  • Teaching Assistant, Brown University (1991 - 1991)
  • Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School (1998 - 2000)
  • Clinical Fellow in Internal Medicine, Harvard Medical School (1995 - 1998)