Linda M. Dairiki Shortliffe


Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor in the School of Medicine, Emerita
Bio:   Linda. M. Dairiki Shortliffe is the Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor of Urology (tenured) at Stanford University. She is past Chair of the Department of Urology at Stanford (1995-2011), Residency Program Director (1993-2006), and founding Chief of Pediatric Urology at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (1988-2012). She was the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute Center for Advanced Study at Harvard, a Stanford University Clayman Institute Faculty Research Fellow, and Stanford Asian American Faculty Awardee. She was a Featured Physician in the National Library of Medicine Exhibit, “Changing the Face of Medicine”
She was born in Boston, MA grew up and Weston, MA and Palo Alto, CA. She received AB cum laude in History and Science from Harvard, MD from Stanford, and training at Stanford University Medical Center. She served as Chief of Urology at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Medical Center (1981-1986). While Chair she made 25 faculty appointments in urooncology, female-neurourology, pediatric urology, fertility, and laboratory research. She increased the residency program from 12-18 residents, received ACGME approval for the 2-year Pediatric Urology Fellowship in 2004, and through newly recruited faculty developed Female Reconstructive and Neurourology, Laparoscopy, and Oncology Fellowships.
She was on the editorial boards of Western Journal of Medicine, Urology, Molecular Urology, and Nature Urology. She had VA Merit Review grants for study the immune responses to prostatitis, NIH R01 for effects of pregnancy and hormones on the urinary tract, and other grants for study of pediatric urinary tract imaging and physiology. She was Deputy chair of the NIH Consensus Panel on Impotence, subcommittee Co-Chair for the World Health Organization Conference on Health Care Associated Infections in Urology, and was on the NIDDK Special Grants Chartered Review Committee (1990-1994). In 2001 she was Chair and Editor for the NIH Bladder Research Program Review Group that convened over 50 scientists and culminated in the NIH publication guiding funding in the past decade: Overcoming Bladder Disease: a Strategic Plan For Research
Dr. Shortliffe was a Trustee, Treasurer, and President of the American Board of Urology, President of the Society of University Urologists, Chair of the Society of University Chairs and Program Directors, and Chair of the Urology Section of the AAP. She is certified by the ABU, and FACS, FAAP, Fellow of the Society of Pediatric Urology. She served on the ABU/AUA Joint Examination Committee, ACGME Urology Residency Review Committee, Subcommittee on Urinary Tract Infections for the AAP, Executive Committee of the AAP Section on Urology, and as oral examiner for the ABU since 1996. She also served on the Bladder Health Council of the American Foundation for Urologic Disease, Board of AFUD, AUA Committee on Women’s Issues in Urology, Chair of the American Urological Association/European Association of Urology (AUA/EAU) Academic Fellowship Program Committee, AUA Council on Education, AUA Publications Committee, AUA Core Curriculum Steering Committee, the AUA Annual Program Committee, and as an Associate Editor for AUA News. She is an elected member of the AAGUS, CSGUS, and Society of Paediatric Urological Surgeons (SPUS).

Professional Education

  • Residency: Stanford University Medical Center (1981) CA
  • Residency: Stanford University Medical Center (1977) CA
  • Board Certification: Pediatric Urology, American Board of Urology (2008)
  • Fellowship: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (1987) PA
  • Board Certification: Urology, American Board of Urology (1983)
  • Internship: Stanford University Medical Center (1976) CA
  • Medical Education: Stanford University School of Medicine (1975) CA
  • Subspecialty Certification, American Board of Urology, Pediatric Urology (2008)
  • Certification, American Board of Urology, Urology (1983)
  • AB, Harvard University, History and Science (1971)
  • MD, Stanford University, Medicine (1975)

Honors & Awards

  • Top Doctors in Silicon Valley, San Jose Magazine (2001-)
  • Best Doctors, San Francisco Magazine (2003-)
  • Best Doctors in America--Pediatric Urology, Naifeh & Smith; Woodward and White (1991-2, 1994-5, 1996-7)
  • America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly (2001- 2010)
  • Top Doctors US News & World Report (Urology), US News & World Report ( (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Asian American Faculty Award, Stanford University Asian American Association (2008)
  • Distinguished Alumnae, Pediatric Urology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA (2012)
  • Stanford Faculty Research Fellow, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University (2012-2013)
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fellow, Radcliffe Institute Center for Advanced Study at Harvard University (2008-2009)
  • Featured Physician, National Library of Medicine (2003-2005)
  • 2015 Distinguished Service Award, American Urological Association (2015)

Administrative Appointments

  • Director, American Foundation for Urologic Disease (2004 - Present)
  • Trustee, American Board of Urology (2001 - 2007)
  • Program Director, Urology Residency (1993 - 2007)
  • Chair, Society Urology Chairs & Program Directors (2007 - 2008)
  • President, Society University Urologists (2004 - 2005)
  • President, American Board of Urology (2006 - 2007)
  • Member, Residency Review Committee (2003 - 2009)
  • Chair, American Academy Pediatrics Urology Section (2007 - 2008)
  • Chair, Stanford University School of Medicine Department of Urology (1995 - 2011)
  • Pediatric Urology Program Director, Stanford University Medical Center (2005 - 2009)
  • Faculty Advisor, Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) (2013 - Present)