P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Geoffrey Krampitz, 2006

Surgical Oncology and General Surgery, Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group

Geoffrey Krampitz is an immigrant from Costa Rica

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine at Stanford University

A native of San Jose, Costa Rica,Geoff came to the United States upon the murder of his parents shortly before his eighth birthday. He is a naturalized citizen who grew up in a children's home and with relatives in Texas.

Geoff received his MD from Stanford University. Geoff earned a BSE in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1998. After several years helping to launch a couple of start-up software companies in Silicon Valley, he performed stem cell research at the University of California at San Francisco while working toward an MSE in biomedical laboratory science from San Francisco State University.

Driven by a vision of equality of opportunity and by gratitude to those who helped him, Geoff founded the Medical Mentorship Program, a program that pairs disadvantaged premed students from community and state colleges in the San Francisco area with current Stanford University medical students and provides guidance on how to improve their medical school applications.

In addition, Geoff co-coordinated the 2006 Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Regional Conference and raised over $140,000 for LMSA and its mentorship and community outreach programs. He has co-authored several journal articles and is the recipient of the Nelson Fellowship Research Award, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Training Fellowship for Medical Students, and the American Medical Association Minority Scholar Award. Determined to prevent others from experiencing the same hardships he endured as a result of losing his parents, Geoff plans a career as a trauma surgeon.

  • PhD Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine | Stanford University 2016
  • MD Medicine | Stanford University 2009
  • MS Biomedical Laboratory Sciences | San Francisco State University 2004
  • BS Biomedical Engineering | Johns Hopkins University 1998
Work History
  • Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, Surgical Oncology and General Surgery
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