Parastou Fatemi

Parastou (Paras) was born in Tehran, Iran, and grew up in Texas. She completed her undergraduate training at Stanford University with a major in Chemistry. After completing undergrad, she served as a John Gardner Public Service fellow at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC. She then attended Duke University School of Medicine where she earned her MD in 2016. Her research interests include understanding and improving management of outpatient postoperative pain in spine surgery in the U.S; identifying and improving care in patients who are at moderate to high risk of perioperative complications in spine surgery; and developing clearer, more objective means of assessing outcomes following spine surgery. She is also involved in quality improvement efforts in neurosurgical care. In 2020, Paras was selected by the California Association of Neurological Surgeons to serve as the Northern California Resident Consultant. She also serves as a member of our Department’s Diversity Cabinet. In her spare time, Paras enjoys traveling, reading, watching TV/movies, running, and spending time with her friends and family.


2016-Present: Neurosurgery Residency, Stanford Hospital and Clinics
2020-2021: Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine Fellow (Enfolded), Stanford Hospital and Clinics
2011-2016: MD, Duke University School of Medicine
2006-2010: BS, Chemistry, Stanford University

Research Interests:

Spine Surgery, Outpatient Postoperative Pain Management, Quality Improvement and Resource Utilization in Neurosurgery

Program Completion:


Awards and Honors:

2016 Dean’s Recognition Award, Duke University School of Medicine

2014 Chancellor Dzau’s Service Fellowship Award, Duke Health

2010 John Gardner Public Service Fellowship                                                                                           

2009 Cisco Silicon Valley Impact Grant

2009 Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship



Parastou Fatemi