Prevention Research Center In the Department of Medicine

Patient Care

Patient care is an important component of the SPRC; the physician members of the Center are involved in several related clinical patient care efforts. Involvement in patient care helps to inform the research agenda of the SPRC and provides needed specialized services to Stanford patients.

The Preventive Cardiology Clinic (PCC) began in the 1960s and emphasizes lifestyle approaches to heart disease prevention and reflects the long-standing leadership of the SPRC in setting national guidelines. SPRC fellows, Clinical Nurse Specialist Mary Ann Champagne, and dietician Jane Borchers are joined by Cardiovascular Medicine faculty Michael McConnell and Jennifer Tremmel. They all see patients in the PCC, which is a part of the Stanford Heart Center. Through Drs. Marcia Stefanick and Jennifer Tremmel, the SPRC is also involved in Women's Heart Health at Stanford, a Stanford Heart Center program established in 2007 and sponsored by the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, SPRC, and the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. This program aims to enhance all cardiovascular clinical care for women, including preventive services.

Prevention Resources

We have created a comprehensive list of Stanford and local resources supporting physicians and patients interested in addressing personal risk factors (smoking cessation, nutrition, exercise, etc.).

Weight Control

SPRC faculty member Thomas N. Robinson directs the Center for Healthy Weight at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital. The Center for Healthy Weight is a comprehensive program designed to prevent and treat overweight and obesity in children and adolescents. One clinical component of this effort is the Packard Pediatric Weight Control Program, also directed by Dr. Robinson. Another component is the Pediatric Weight Clinic, which is an outpatient program that provides comprehensive medical and psychological evaluation of overweight and obese children and adolescents.

SPRC also sponsors numerous clinical research studies aimed at improving disease prevention, often through exercise, diet, and weight control. If you think you might be interested in participating in a trial, visit our Participant Recruitment pages.

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