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Alexander O

- Research Program Mentor

MD at Vanderbilt University


Neuroscience, Biology, Medicine, Neuroradiology, Diagnostic radiology


My name is Alec, I'm a resident doctor specializing in neuroradiology. I did my undergrad at Stanford where I majored in Symbolic Systems (a combination of computer science, math, and neuroscience) and completed an MS in Comparative Medicine. I obtained my MD from Vanderbilt and will be going back to Stanford to complete my residency. I have over 10 years of academic research experience in neuroscience, clinical medicine, and medical education. My primary research interest is the intersection of machine learning and radiology. However, I would love to help with any projects in medicine, neuroscience, anatomy, or biology. I grew up in Los Angeles, CA and currently live in Nashville, TN. In my free time I enjoy scuba diving, weightlifting, training in Taekwondo, reading & writing poetry, and exploring the outdoors. I also love to travel and try exotic foods.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Investigating the Utility of Machine Learning in Diagnostic Radiology

Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly utilized in the field of diagnostic radiology. In this project you would conduct a literature review investigating the machine learning methods that have been developed to aid radiologists in the detection of various anatomical and pathological features in X-rays, MRIs, ultrasound, and CT scans. You would then write a review paper providing a brief history of AI in radiology, summarizing new developments in the field, and describing specific challenges current researchers are facing.

Coding skills

Matlab, Python, Arduino/C++

Languages I know

Spanish -- Fluent

Teaching experience

Teaching Assistant, Stanford University (Animal Behavior) • Graded student assignments, held weekly office hours to clarify difficult conflicts, maintained weekly blog to supplement information presented in lectures Clinical Volunteer & Peer Educator, Shade Tree Free Medical Clinic • Mentored/educated junior medical students in patient interviews, physical exam skills, and generating differential diagnoses


Work experience

Vanderbilt University Dept. of Neurosurgery (2021 - Current)
Medical Student Researcher
Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (2022 - Current)
Medical Student Researcher
Stanford University School of Medicine (2017 - 2019)
Life Science Research Professional
Stanford University School of Medicine (2016 - 2017)
Graduate Student Researcher


Stanford University
BS Bachelor of Science (2017)
Symbolic Systems (Neuroscience Concentration)
Stanford University
MS Master of Science (2017)
Comparative Medicine
Vanderbilt University
MD Doctor of Medicine

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