Divya Chander, MD, PhD Expert Witness
Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

  • Phone: 415 501 0006
  • Cell: 415 793 7040
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Specialties & Experience

General Specialties: Anesthesiology

Specialty Focus: Difficult Intubation/Advanced Airway, Neurosurgical Anesthesiology, Obstetrical Anesthesiology, Awareness Under Anesthesia, Brain Monitoring, Intraoperative Brain Injury/Brain Damage, ENT Anesthesiology, Intraoperative Visual Loss, Drug/Medical Errors, Monitored Anesthesia Care, Oversedation

Education: Residency, University of California San Francisco; MD, University of California San Diego; PhD, University of California San Diego/Salk Institute; AB-Magna Cum Laude, Harvard University

Years in Practice: 14


Additional Information

Thanks for your interest. I am an anesthesiologist and neuroscientist educated at Harvard (A.B. Biology), UCSD/Salk Institute (MD, PhD in Neuroscience), UCSF (Anesthesiology residency), and Stanford (post-doctoral work in optogenetics, Deisseroth lab). I was board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in 2008, and have served on the Stanford Anesthesiology faculty ever since. My principal interests are in understanding neural mechanisms that maintain consciousness, and levels of sleep and wakefulness. I have built a research program at Stanford which investigates this problem by measuring the EEG (electroencephalogram) in patients undergoing anesthesia. I can measure their level consciousness, which informs patient safety and allows me to understand the role anesthetics play in the human brain. I have also launched a precision medicine initiative at Stanford using genomics, big data, and phenotyping to understand the contribution of environmental versus genetic determinants of complex human responses to anesthetic drugs. In addition to research and medicine, I have a wealth of experience in public speaking, educating, and consulting, specializing in presenting complex ideas to a range of lay populations. My teaching experience spans more than 2 decades, and I have won numerous accolades for teaching undergraduates, medical students and residents. I speak about neuroscience and medicine to a diverse audience that has included business people, NBC executives and staff writers, venture capitalists, and students (e.g. 2016 Cal Academy of Sciences Brain Day). I also serve on faculty at Singularity University, teaching about exponentials in medicine and neurotherapeutics to international audiences. I've also traveled as an invited speaker to diverse countries including England, China and the Netherlands. My work has been featured in the press, and is the subject of a chapter on consciousness in the upcoming (2017) Scientific American Textbook on Psychology.