Linda Dairiki Shortliffe is the Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor and chair of the Department of Urology at the Stanford University School of Medicine and chief of urology at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Her current research interests include urinary-tract dilation and infection, the effect of hormones on the urinary tract, and quantitative urinary-tract imaging. She has also become interested in professional changes in surgical specialties.
As a fellow, Shortliffe will examine the dynamics of gender, race, and background as they relate to entering and advancing within a surgical subspecialty. She will investigate national data on matching medical students, residents, and fellows and the subsequent entry of these individuals into academic medicine. From these data, she hopes to assess the impact of trends on urology and on future health care.
Shortliffe has published widely in urology, and her research has been funded by national agencies. She has been on the Special Grants Chartered Review Committee for the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health; chair of the Bladder Research Progress Review Group of the NIDDK; trustee and president of the American Board of Urology; president of the Society of University Urologists; and president of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Urology. She was a featured physician in the National Library of Medicine’s exhibition Changing the Face of Medicine. Shortliffe earned her bachelor’s degree at Harvard University and her medical degree at Stanford University.