Author: Clifford Sheckter, MD

Clifford Sheckter, MD Clifford Sheckter, MD (1 Posts)

Fellow Physician Contributing Writer

Stanford University


Cliff was born and raised in California’s Eastern Sierra. His passions included motocross and ski racing in his hometown of Mammoth Lakes. He attended college at UCLA where he majored in anthropology and excavated pre-contact Guaymi burials on remote Panamanian shores. After graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA, he went across town to USC for medical school on an academic scholarship. His research focused on surgical education in designing perfused cadaver models and cost-effective means of delivering burn care. He graduated AOA and valedictorian, and matched into Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford. Currently, Cliff is a fellow at Stanford’s Clinical Excellence Research Center on a dedicated sabbatical year learning value-based care, studying health policy, and getting a foundation in health services research. His current investigations include cost-effective delivery systems for burn and breast reconstruction patients, understanding the effects of reimbursement variation on surgeon decision making, and improving resident physician performance through targeting variation. Cliff aspires to be a burn surgeon with the goal of transforming surgical care towards high value models. More than anything, Cliff loves spending time with his wife Cassandra, who is a patent litigator in Palo Alto. They are raising twin boys, Jake and Charlie, who have quickly become their raison-d'etre. The family of four loves traveling, including their recent trips to Tuscany and Cabo!




Clifford Sheckter, MD Clifford Sheckter, MD (1 Posts)

Fellow Physician Contributing Writer

Stanford University


Cliff was born and raised in California’s Eastern Sierra. His passions included motocross and ski racing in his hometown of Mammoth Lakes. He attended college at UCLA where he majored in anthropology and excavated pre-contact Guaymi burials on remote Panamanian shores. After graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA, he went across town to USC for medical school on an academic scholarship. His research focused on surgical education in designing perfused cadaver models and cost-effective means of delivering burn care. He graduated AOA and valedictorian, and matched into Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford. Currently, Cliff is a fellow at Stanford’s Clinical Excellence Research Center on a dedicated sabbatical year learning value-based care, studying health policy, and getting a foundation in health services research. His current investigations include cost-effective delivery systems for burn and breast reconstruction patients, understanding the effects of reimbursement variation on surgeon decision making, and improving resident physician performance through targeting variation. Cliff aspires to be a burn surgeon with the goal of transforming surgical care towards high value models. More than anything, Cliff loves spending time with his wife Cassandra, who is a patent litigator in Palo Alto. They are raising twin boys, Jake and Charlie, who have quickly become their raison-d'etre. The family of four loves traveling, including their recent trips to Tuscany and Cabo!