Kristan Staudenmayer, MD, MS, FACS

Kristan Staudenmayer, MD, MS, FACS

Trauma and critical care surgeon, General surgeon

Associate Professor of Surgery (General Surgery)

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Dr. Kristan Staudenmayer received her medical degree at the University of Texas at Southwestern Medical School in 1999, and completed her residency in General Surgery at Parkland Hospital in 2006. During her post-graduate training, she conducted NIH T32-funded research at Harborview Hospital evaluating the effects of innate immunity on trauma. She obtained further training in Trauma and Surgical Critical at San Francisco General Hospital, completing her training in 2008. She was subsequently double-boarded in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. Dr. Staudenmayer joined Stanford in 2008. She has developed a robust research program and active clinical practice. Her clinical and research interests have contributed to Stanford’s multi-disciplinary approach to the management of surgical trauma. Dr. Staudenmayer’s clinical focus is on trauma, emergency general surgery, and surgical critical care, and her research interests encompass trauma systems of care and vulnerable patient populations such as the elderly. Her efforts have been noteworthy and recognized in her 2013 K08 grant from the National Institute on Aging to study trauma in the elderly population. In 2016, Dr. Staudenmayer was honored by becoming the inaugural Gordon and Betty Moore Endowed Faculty Scholar, which helps to support her ongoing research efforts. Additional research accomplishments include being a co-principal investigator on an NIH CTSA award evaluating trauma systems. Dr. Staudenmayer has published over 50 articles and book chapters and has served on the editorial review board of several academic journals. She contributes nationally towards the academic mission by serving on committees for both the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. Dr. Staudenmayer was promoted to Associate Professor of Surgery in 2016, and continues her research, policy and advocacy work to improve the care and outcomes for patients with traumatic injuries and critical surgical illnesses.

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Board Certification: American Board of Preventive Medicine, Clinical Informatics (2022)
  • Fellowship: UCSF Surgery Fellowships (2008) CA
  • Residency: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (2006) TX
  • Medical Education: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (1999) TX
  • Master's Degree, Stanford University, Health Services Research (2010)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care (2007)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, General Surgery (2006)

Honors & Awards
  • ACS Committee on Trauma, American College of Surgeons (2020)
  • Arthur L. Bloomfield Award in Recognition of Excellence in the Teaching of Clinical Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine (2018)
  • EAST/ACS Brandeis Health Policy Scholarship, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma & American College of Surgeons (2019)
  • Marshall Memorial Fellow, Dallas World Affairs Council (2006)
  • NIH T32 National Research Service Award Fellowship, Department of Surgery, University of Washington (2002-2004)
  • Trauma Resident and Fellow Competition Winner, Region X American College of Surgeons Committee (2002)

  • Chair, Surgical Sub-Council, Stanford Health Care (2017 - Present)
  • Co-Chair, Healthcare Economics Committee, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (2017 - Present)
  • Unit Based Medical Director, Stanford Health Care (2016 - Present)
  • Search Committee, Pediatric Surgery Division Chief, Stanford School of Medicine (2015 - 2015)
  • Clinical Competency Committee, PGY2 Subcommittee, Stanford School of Medicine (2014 - Present)

Administrative Appointments
  • Assistant Professor, Stanford University Medical Center (2010 - 2020)
  • Instructor and Clinical Fellow in Trauma Surgery, University of San Francisco (2007 - 2008)
  • Instructor, Instructor Line, Department of Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center (2008 - 2010)


Specializing In

  • Trauma Services

Practice Locations

Trauma Service Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

900 Blake Wilbur Drive, Garden Level

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 736-5800

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