Surgery

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!




The Importance of Palliative Care in Surgery

In an ideal world we would all die at home with our loved ones caring for us, slowly slipping away in our sleep into the placid beyond. But why doesn’t it happen this way? There’s a dignity to that way because of its organic simplicity. It’s how people used to die prior to modern medicine and before we started needing to always “fix the problem.”

Adrienne Bruce, MD Adrienne Bruce, MD (1 Posts)

Resident Physician Contributing Writer

University of Pennsylvania


Adrienne is a graduating fourth-year medical student at Georgetown who will be starting residency in general surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. She is interested in surgical oncology and is passionate about the role that palliative care can have for the multi-disciplinary care of oncologic surgery patients.