Dr. Heidari has written about the importance of human connection and stigma around healthcare workers seeking help for their mental health in The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, and The Intima. She hopes that by sharing her own story, she can continue being part of this conversation as we advocate for culture change in medicine and more sustainable practice.
Before moving to northern California, Dr. Heidari attended medical school at Boston University, completed her residency at UC San Diego where she served as chief resident, followed by palliative fellowship at UCLA. Her interests include early palliative care integration, narrative medicine, and expanding primary palliative care skills for all clinicians. Outside of her clinical and mentorship work, she is likely writing creatively or outside chasing her border collie.
Education & Certifications
- Medical Education: Boston University School of Medicine (2012) MA
- Board Certification: American Board of Family Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2016)
- Fellowship: University of California, Los Angeles CA
- Board Certification: American Board of Family Medicine, Family Medicine (2015)
- Chief Resident, University of California San Diego, Family Medicine
- Residency: University of California San Diego (2015) CA
Awards & Memberships
- Annual Division Teaching Award, Stanford Medicine - Division of Primary Care and Population Health (2020)
- Chief Resident, Family Medicine, University of California, San Diego (2014-2015)
- Excellence in Service Award, Stanford Health Care (2023)
- Member, Gold Humanism Honor Society (2011-present)
- Tomorrow’s Leader Award, American Academy of Family Physicians (2013)
- Program Director, Stanford University Hospice and Palliative Fellowship Training Program (2022 - Present)
Touch, and the absence of it.
Heidari, S. N. (2021). Touch, and the absence of it. The Lancet. Respiratory Medicine.
Finding a New Mantra.
Heidari, S. N. (2022). Finding a New Mantra. The New England Journal of Medicine.
Effect of Perioperative Palliative Care on Health-Related Quality of Life Among Patients Undergoing Surgery for Cancer: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
Aslakson, R. A., Rickerson, E., Fahy, B., Waterman, B., Siden, R., Colborn, K., … Johnston, F. (2023). Effect of Perioperative Palliative Care on Health-Related Quality of Life Among Patients Undergoing Surgery for Cancer: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Network Open, 6(5), e2314660.
"The More I Know ... the More I Like It": A Systematic Review Evaluating Public- and Patient-Facing Educational Interventions About Palliative Care
Singh, N., Smith, G. M., Sossenheimer, P. H., Heidari, S. N., Hui, F., Hannah, J., … Wong, C. (2023). "The More I Know ... the More I Like It": A Systematic Review Evaluating Public- and Patient-Facing Educational Interventions About Palliative Care. JOURNAL OF PAIN AND SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT. ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC.
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