Megan Roche, MD

PhD Candidate, Epidemiology
Research Fellow, Stanford Center on Longevity

Megan Roche received her medical degree from Stanford University in 2018. She is completing a PhD in Epidemiology and Population Health at Stanford with a clinical research focus on bone health in athletes and genetic predictors of sports injury. In addition, Megan is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Stanford Center on Longevity and is helping launch Stanford’s Lifestyle Medicine Initiative.

Megan is a five-time national trail running champion, a North American Mountain Running Champion, and a six-time member of Team USA. She is a co-author of the book “The Happy Runner” and a co-founder of Some Work All Play, a coaching group centered around finding long-term fulfillment in the process of running. Megan completed her undergraduate degree in neuroscience at Duke University and competed in varsity field hockey, cross country, and track and field.

“I became interested in lifestyle medicine as a result of working with patients who were motivated to start fitness routines. Fitness can be complex, and I realized that breaking fitness routines down into smaller goals centered around daily movement can be empowering for patients. I am also inspired by how a small change in one area in life can motivate change in other areas. Fitness progress can cascade into sleep improvements, which can optimize stress management. The cascade effect is possible across any number of lifestyle behaviors!”