Randall Stafford

Randall S. Stafford, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Stanford Prevention Research Center; Director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices, Stanford University School of Medicine,


Research Description: Through his record of community-based research, Dr. Stafford has made important contributions to the science of disease prevention and health promotion. With training in both Epidemiology and Internal Medicine, his research advances scientific understanding of physician practices and patient behaviors to improve chronic disease health outcomes and reduce health disparities. Dr. Stafford and his research team focus on investigating physician and patient practices in order to create effective healthcare models that emphasize prevention and wellness, rather than treatment of disease symptoms. His mission is to improve population health outcomes through research that facilitates the development and broad dissemination of effective, efficient, innovative, and evidence-based prevention strategies. Examples of these innovations include team-based care, patient self-management, health policy strategies, the use of mobile health technology, and online physician retraining. In addition, Dr. Stafford seeks to develop future leaders in prevention research and to broadly communicate the critical value of a population health perspective. Dr. Stafford has been principal investigator on many research investigations that test strategies to diminish the burden of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease while reducing health disparities and decreasing health care costs.


Selected relevant publications (Stanford DRC Members in BOLD):

  1. Ma J, King AC, Wilson S, Xiao L, Stafford RS.  Evaluation of lifestyle interventions to treat elevated cardiometabolic risk in primary care (E-LITE): a randomized controlled trial.  BMC Family Practice; 2009; 10: 71. 
  2. Rosas LG, Thiyagarajan S, Goldstein BA, Drieling RL, Padilla PR, Ma J, Yank V, Stafford RS.  The effectiveness of two community-based weight loss strategies among obese, low-income US Latinos. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015; 115: 537-50.  PMID: 25578925 PMCID: PMC4380577.
  3. Rosas LG, Vasquez JJ, Naderi R, Jeffery N, Hedlin H, Qin F, LaFromboise T, Megginson N, Pasqua C, Flores O, McClinton-Brown R, Evans J, Stafford RS. Development and evaluation of an enhanced diabetes prevention program with psychosocial support for urban American Indians and Alaska natives: A randomized controlled trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2016 Sep; 50:28-36.