Michael Zhang

Michael is from Edison, New Jersey, where he grew up an avid concert band and choral musician, as well as a tennis and hockey fan. He attended Harvard College for undergraduate studies in Economics and developed an interest in the basic sciences while working on the X-Ray crystallographic structures of DNA repair enzymes. He subsequently attended medical school at Stanford School of Medicine, continuing his laboratory investigations with pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Samuel Cheshier, to understand the therapeutic potential of anti-CD47 antibodies in primary brain tumors. His ongoing research uses radiomics and molecular imaging techniques to enrich care in neuro-oncology. Clinically, he is particularly interested in the spectrum of brain tumor management, with particular attention to radiosurgery, immunotherapies, and metastasis.


2016 - Present
Stanford Hospital and Clinics

Resident Physician

2012 - 2016
Stanford University School of Medicine -- Stanford, CA

Doctor of Medicine, 2016

2008 - 2012
Harvard University -- Cambridge, MA

High Honors, cum laude
A.B. Economics 2012
Secondary in Chemistry

Research Interests:

Open and Endoscopic Skull-base surgery, Radiosurgery, Neuro-oncology, Immunotherapy, Cost-effectiveness

Program Completion:


Awards and Honors:

Research Update in Neuroscience for Neurosurgeons Course Research Award, 2020
NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (T32), 2019 - Present
American Association of Neurological Surgeons: Best Spine Abstract, 2019
Stanford Health AI Hackathon 1st Place, 2018
Stanford Society of Physician Scholars Grant, 2015
NREF: Medical Student Summer Research Best Abstract, 2015
NREF: Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship, 2014
Stanford Medical Scholars Fellowship, 2013, 2014, 2016
ABTA: Medical Student Summer Fellowship, 2013
Allston Burr Resident Dean’s Award, 2012
Program for Research in Science and Engineering Fellowship, 2011, 2012
David Roux Global Health Fellowship, 2010
International-Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, 2010



Michael Zhang