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Tara E. Mokhtari, MD

Dr. Tara Mokhtari portrait

Dr. Tara Mokhtari grew up in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for her undergraduate studies with research focusing on the development of platinum-based anticancer drugs. She graduated with a degree in chemistry and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She went on to receive her medical doctorate from the Stanford University School of Medicine. 

While in medical school, Dr. Mokhtari spent one year as the Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Research Fellow, where she studied outcomes in bariatric surgery and a second year studying the role of the Wnt signaling pathway in cochlear development. 

In addition to her academic and research endeavors, Dr. Mokhtari is an accomplished violist, having played in numerous orchestral and chamber music ensembles in college and medical school.

Her primary research interests include clinical and surgical outcomes, quality improvement, and surgical innovation.


Undergraduate School
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Chemistry)

Medical School
Stanford University School of Medicine


Mammography before and after bariatric surgery. Mokhtari TE, Rosas US, Downey JR, Miyake KK, Ikeda DM, Morton JM. Surgery for Obesity and Related Disease. 2017;13(3):451–456. 

Comparison of porcine and bovine collagen dural substitutes in posterior fossa decompression for Chiari I malformation in adults. Kyuyoung CL, Mokhtari TE, Li G, Shuer LM, Chang SD, Steinberg GK, Gephart MH. World Neurosurgery.2017;108:33–40. 

In reference to spontaneous middle cranial fossa cerebrospinal fluid otorrhea in adults. Mokhtari TE, Ziai K, Djalilian HR. Laryngoscope. 2016; 126(10):E343. 

Pediatric postoperative pulse oximetry monitoring during transport to PACU reduces frequency of hypoxemia. Caruso TJ, Mokhtari TE, Coughlan MJ, Wu D, Marquez JL, Duan M, Freeman H, Giustini A, Tweedy M, Sharek PJ. Joint Commission Journal of Quality and Patient Safety. 2017;43(3):146–150. 

Platinum(IV)-Chlorotoxin (CTX) conjugates for targeting cancer cells. Graf N, Mokhtari TE, Papayannopoulos IA, Lippard SJ. Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry. 2012;110:58–63.