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Linda M. Dairiki Shortliffe

Academic Appointments

  • Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor in the School of Medicine

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Contact Information

  • Clinical Offices
    Pediatric Urology Clinic 730 Welch Rd Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Tel Work (650) 723-6100 Fax (650) 725-2502
  • Academic Offices
    Personal Information
    Tel (650) 498-5042
    Alternate Contact
    Tel Work 650 723-9779
    Not for medical emergencies or patient use


Linda. M. Dairiki Shortliffe is the Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor of Urology (tenured) at Stanford University. She is past Chair of the Department of Urology at Stanford (1995-2011), Residency Program Director (1993-2006), and founding Chief of Pediatric Urology at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (1988-2012). She was the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute Center for Advanced Study at Harvard, a Stanford University Clayman Institute Faculty Research Fellow, and Stanford Asian American Faculty Awardee. She was a Featured Physician in the National Library of Medicine Exhibit, “Changing the Face of Medicine”
She was born in Boston, MA grew up and Weston, MA and Palo Alto, CA. She received AB cum laude in History and Science from Harvard, MD from Stanford, and training at Stanford University Medical Center. She served as Chief of Urology at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Medical Center (1981-1986). While Chair she made 25 faculty appointments in urooncology, female-neurourology, pediatric urology, fertility, and laboratory research. She increased the residency program from 12-18 residents, received ACGME approval for the 2-year Pediatric Urology Fellowship in 2004, and through newly recruited faculty developed Female Reconstructive and Neurourology, Laparoscopy, and Oncology Fellowships.
She was on the editorial boards of Western Journal of Medicine, Urology, Molecular Urology, and Nature Urology. She had VA Merit Review grants for study the immune responses to prostatitis, NIH R01 for effects of pregnancy and hormones on the urinary tract, and other grants for study of pediatric urinary tract imaging and physiology. She was Deputy chair of the NIH Consensus Panel on Impotence, subcommittee Co-Chair for the World Health Organization Conference on Health Care Associated Infections in Urology, and was on the NIDDK Special Grants Chartered Review Committee (1990-1994). In 2001 she was Chair and Editor for the NIH Bladder Research Program Review Group that convened over 50 scientists and culminated in the NIH publication guiding funding in the past decade: Overcoming Bladder Disease: a Strategic Plan For Research
Dr. Shortliffe was a Trustee, Treasurer, and President of the American Board of Urology, President of the Society of University Urologists, Chair of the Society of University Chairs and Program Directors, and Chair of the Urology Section of the AAP. She is certified by the ABU, and FACS, FAAP, Fellow of the Society of Pediatric Urology. She served on the ABU/AUA Joint Examination Committee, ACGME Urology Residency Review Committee, Subcommittee on Urinary Tract Infections for the AAP, Executive Committee of the AAP Section on Urology, and as oral examiner for the ABU since 1996. She also served on the Bladder Health Council of the American Foundation for Urologic Disease, Board of AFUD, AUA Committee on Women’s Issues in Urology, Chair of the American Urological Association/European Association of Urology (AUA/EAU) Academic Fellowship Program Committee, AUA Council on Education, AUA Publications Committee, AUA Core Curriculum Steering Committee, the AUA Annual Program Committee, and as an Associate Editor for AUA News. She is an elected member of the AAGUS, CSGUS, and Society of Paediatric Urological Surgeons (SPUS).

Clinical Focus

  • Urology, Pediatric
  • Pediatric Urology
  • Hypospadias: one stage repairs
  • Hypospadias
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Undescended Testes
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Administrative Appointments

  • Faculty Advisor, Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) (2013 - present)
  • Pediatric Urology Program Director, Stanford University Medical Center (2005 - 2009)
  • Chair, Stanford University School of Medicine Department of Urology (1995 - 2011)
  • Chair, American Academy Pediatrics Urology Section (2007 - 2008)
  • Member, Residency Review Committee (2003 - 2009)
  • President, American Board of Urology (2006 - 2007)
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Honors and Awards

  • Featured Physician, National Library of Medicine (2003-2005)
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fellow, Radcliffe Institute Center for Advanced Study at Harvard University (2008-2009)
  • Stanford Faculty Research Fellow, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University (2012-2013)
  • Distinguished Alumnae, Pediatric Urology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA (2012)
  • Asian American Faculty Award, Stanford University Asian American Association (2008)
  • Top Doctors US News & World Report (Urology), US News & World Report ( (2011, 2012, 2013)
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Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Chair, Editor, Bladder Research Program Review Group for NIH, NIDDK (2001 - 2003)
  • Member, Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK-D) Special Grants Chartered Review Committee, National Institutes of Health (1990 - 1994)
  • Deputy Chair, Consensus Panel on Impotence. Sponsored by the NIH, NIDDK, Office of Medical Applications of Research, National Institutes of Health (1994 - 1994)
  • External Advisory Committee, Urologic Diseases in America (UCLA/RAND) NIDDK (2002 - 2005)
  • External Experts Panel, NIH Urologic diseases of America (UDA) UCLA-RAND (2013 - present)
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons (1985 - present)
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Professional Education

Residency: Stanford University Medical Center CA (1981)
Residency: Stanford University Medical Center CA (1977)
Board Certification: Pediatric Urology, American Board of Urology (2008)
Fellowship: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia PA (1987)
Board Certification: Urology, American Board of Urology (1983)
Internship: Stanford University Medical Center CA (1976)
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Community and International Work

Research & Scholarship

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Interactions between hydronephrosis and subsequent renal tubular and glomerular changes are not well studied. Our group has examined defining parameters that may be involved in urinary tract hydronephrosis (nonobstructive), urinary tract obstruction, vesicoureteral reflux, and infectious nephropathy. We have examined the effects of sex hormones (testosterone, estrogen, progesterone) and pregnancy on urinary tract physiology to better understand their involvement in renal and urinary tract pathophysiology. We are applying the results of these findings to identify factors that could be markers of renal dysfunction using animal models and imaging parameters.

Current work includes:

Risk factors to urinary tract and renal function during pregnancy
Dietary effects on pregnancy in an rat model related to metabolic, cardio-reno-vascular and hepatic changes
Quantitative imaging parameters and renal function (ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging)
Examination of sex hormones and effect on urinary tract pathophysiology and development
Hypnosis during urinary tract evaluation (with Dr. David Spiegel)




Postdoctoral Advisees

Xiaoyuan Han

Graduate and Fellowship Program Affiliations



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