Patient Events

Stanford Medicine In-Person Educational Lecture

Date : March 04, 2024

Location: Stanford Center for Academic Medicine, Meeting Room: Grand Rounds, 453 Quarry Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304

4:00-6:00pm PT

Expert Speakers and Topics:
Dr. Cormac Maher, Stanford Medicine
Update on Chiari

Dr. Xiang Qian, Stanford Medicine
Pain Treatment in Chiari







Dr. Cormac Maher is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he obtained a Doctorate of Medicine and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his surgical internship and neurosurgical residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Soon thereafter, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts for dedicated training in pediatric neurosurgery at the Boston Children’s Hospital. After completion of his training at Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Maher completed fellowship training in cerebrovascular neurosurgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Maher is an active clinician-investigator and has published over 180 scientific articles as well as book chapters on a wide variety of neurosurgical topics. His work has appeared in many medical journals including the Journal of Neurosurgery, Stroke, Neurosurgery, and Neurology.  He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group.

Dr. Maher is a diplomate of both the American Board of Neurological Surgery as well as the American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery. He is a member of the American Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.  He is past-chair of the Accreditation Council for Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowships.


Xiang Qian, MD, PhD, is a Pain Management Physician and Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University. He is also the inaugural Stanford Medicine Endowed Director.

Dr. Qian is highly respected for his work on developing novel therapies for various chronic pain conditions, and he lectures internationally for those work and topics. Dr. Qian’s clinical interests include the treatment of acute and chronic pain, with special interest in migraine, headache, trigeminal neuralgia, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, atypical facial pain, cancer pain, back pain, joint pain, nerve pain, and others. At Stanford, Dr. Qian developed many advanced surgical and interventional technologies for his patients, and he currently leads the CT-guided interventional pain program and is the recipient of Translational and Clinical Innovation Award at Stanford.

With his deep interest in clinical innovation and translational medicine, Dr. Qian is the faculty professor of Stanford Wearable Electronics Initiative (eWEAR) and has been working with colleagues from engineering school to develop mini implantable nerve stimulator, powered by wireless energy. Similar to a pacemaker for the heart, nerve stimulators are modulators for the nerves.

Due to his passion for global health and leadership experience, Dr. Qian was appointed as the Medical Director of Stanford International Medical Services (IMS) since 2016, where he has been working in collaboration with faculty members from all subspecialties and hospital administrations to help deliver care for international patients and promote international collaborations. His vision is to help Stanford become the leader in international medicine by providing its physicians and faculty the opportunities to expand their practice internationally and spread knowledge globally.

Dr. Qian completed his residency and fellowship training at Stanford. Prior to that, he received his PhD degree in Physiology and Biophysics from University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and went through Postdoc fellowship training in Neuroscience at UCSF. Outside of the work he does at Stanford, Dr. Qian founded the Chinese American Physicians’ Society to foster his efforts in bringing medical knowledge internationally. Today, the society has more than 600 physician members from 50 states of the US, across over 38 different subspecialties.

In his free time, Dr. Qian enjoys reading, running, hiking and exploring the mountains and beaches of Northern California.