Registration is closed.  Thank you to all who attended Alumni Day.  We hope you enjoyed a day full of reconnecting with classmates, colleagues, faculty and students, attending presentations of the latest discoveries in research, translational medicine, and patient care and to celebrate our 5th annual winner of the RISE (Reach, Inspire, Serve, Engage) Award.


Portions of this year's program have been recorded and are posted in the Video Gallery below.  Regretfully, due to copyright issues, the keynote presentation will not be posted.


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Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Meet us on the second floor of the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge on campus to start your day! Pick up your name tag, take a program, and enjoy a light breakfast while catching up with your classmates.

Welcome remarks will begin inside Berg Hall promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.


Theodore Leng, ’99, MS ’00, MD ’05, Fellow ’09

Stanford Medicine Alumni Association

Dr. Leng is a faculty member at the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford and specializes in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery. As Director of Ophthalmic Diagnostics, his research focuses on automated analysis of retinal imaging to improve the outcomes of eye disease. While not at work, Dr. Leng is passionately involved in aviation, cooking, and raising his two daughters. His wife, Jody, MS '02, is an anesthesiologist. They enjoy cheering for the Cardinal at sporting events, traveling, and family life.


Keynote Speaker

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Neuroscience: The Path Forward
William Newsome, PhD

Director, The Stanford Neurosciences Institute
Professor, Neurobiology

William Newsome is a leading investigator in systems and cognitive neuroscience. Over the past 30 years, he has pioneered work to understand how electrical signals in the brain translate to what we visually perceive and how that impacts our decision-making processes. The high quality of his research has been recognized by several awards including the Rank Prize, the Spencer Award, the Dan David Prize, the Karl Spencer Lashley Award, and the Champalimaud Vision Award. His distinguished lectureships include the Marr Lecture at the University of Cambridge, Brenda Milner Lecture at McGill University, and the Distinguished Visiting Scholar lectures at the Kavli Institute of Brain and Mind. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, he also serves on the scientific advisory boards of Riken Brain Science Institute and the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. Dr. Newsome recently co-chaired the NIH BRAIN working group, charged with forming a national plan for the coming decades of neuroscience research in the United States. 

Seminar Session A (Choose One)

10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Seminar A1
Building a Human Brain (in a Dish)

Sergiu Pasca, MD, PD ’13

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

A physician by training, Sergiu Pasca directs a neuroscience laboratory and is part of the Stanford Neuroscience Institute, the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, and ChEM-H. His stem cell laboratory team is interested in understanding human brain development and in deciphering the mechanisms leading to human brain disorders, such as autism or schizophrenia. His group has developed novel tridimensional approaches for generating from stem cells a functional human cerebral cortex in vitro. Dr. Pasca is a well-regarded teacher, and the recipient of the NARSAD Young Investigator Award, the MQ Award for Transforming Mental Health, the NIMH Director’s BRAINS Award, and the Sammy Kuo Award for Neuroscience.

Seminar A2
Making Old Brains Young

Carla Shatz, PhD

Director, Stanford Bio-X
Professor, Biology and Neurobiology

Carla Shatz has broken new ground for women in neuroscience. At Harvard Medical School, she was the first woman to receive a PhD in Neurobiology and the first woman to chair the neurobiology department. She was also the first woman to achieve tenure in the basic sciences at Stanford University. Her research aims to understand how early developing brain circuits are transformed into adult connections during critical periods of development. Advances in this work have implications for improving brain plasticity, learning, memory, and neurological disorders. Dr. Shatz currently directs Bio-X, an interdisciplinary institute at Stanford. In 2011, she was awarded the prestigious Gerard Prize in Neuroscience for career achievement and in 2016 became a Kavli Prize laureate.

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Seminar A3
Designing a Better Helmet

David Camarillo, PhD ’08

Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering (by courtesy)

David Camarillo is an expert in instrumentation and biomechanics whose research interests include medical technology design over a broad range of applications, from prevention of mild traumatic brain injury to prediction of embryo viability to cardiovascular robotic surgery. Dr. Camarillo worked in the surgical robotics industry at Intuitive Surgical and Hansen Medical before launching his laboratory at Stanford in 2012. He has studied mouthguard measurement of head kinematics in football and various sports helmets designs for preventing head trauma. His current research focuses on designing force measurement devices for multiple clinical and scientific applications that advance science, enhance health, and reduce illness and disability. Dr. Camarillo was recently awarded the Hellman Fellowship for his work in robot-assisted reproduction, and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award for his research in brain biomechanics.

Seminar Session B (Choose One)

11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Seminar B1
Brain Growth and Facial Recognition

Kalanit Grill-Spector, PhD

Professor of Psychology
Editor, Neuropyschologia

Kalanit Grill-Spector obtained her PhD at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, and then did a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. She uses functional imaging techniques to visualize the living brain in action and understand how it functions to recognize people, objects, and places, as well as how brain mechanisms develop from childhood to adulthood. She has received multiple awards including the Sloan Fellowship and the Klingenstein Fellowship for Neuroscience. Dr. Grill-Spector is a board member of the Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging at Stanford and is on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Organization for Human Brain Mapping.

Seminar B2
The Connectome Project

Russell Poldrack PhD, PD ’99

Professor of Psychology
Director, Stanford Center for Reproducible Neuroscience

Russell Poldrack is a leader in the field of cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging methods, and human brain mapping. His laboratory’s basic research focuses on understanding the brain systems involved in decision making, executive control, and behavior change. His lab also develops informatics tools to help make sense of the growing body of neuroimaging data as well as tools to help improve the reproducibility of neuroimaging research. For a year and a half, Dr. Poldrack scanned his brain daily to create the most detailed map of brain connectivity to date, revealing strong correlations between brain function and gene expression. Today, he has one of the most intensely studied individual human brains ever, having been imaged more than 100 times as part of the MyConnectome project.

Seminar B3
Restoring Movement with Brain Pacemakers

Helen Bronte-Stewart, MD, MSE

Professor, Neurology and Neurological Sciences
Director, Stanford Movement Disorders Center

Helen Bronte-Stewart is a neurologist, neurophysiologist, and movement disorders specialist who has used her training in mathematics and physics, bioengineering, neurology, and electrophysiology to understand how the brain controls movement. Her team was the first in the United States to implant a sensing neurostimulator to record brain signals directly and use the patient’s own neural activity to drive the first closed- loop neurostimulation experiments. Dr. Bronte-Stewart and her colleagues are investigating the effects of interventions such as DBS and/or exercise on specific aspects of balance and upper extremity movement in Parkinson’s disease. In the operating room, she and her colleagues record electrical signals directly from the human brain and have demonstrated that DBS suppresses an abnormal rhythm in the brain and may be a major step toward developing a brain pacemaker.


12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Dean's Remarks

12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Lloyd B. Minor, MD

Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Dean Stanford University School of Medicine
Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Professor of Neurobiology and Bioengineering (by courtesy)

Lloyd B. Minor is a scientist, surgeon, and academic leader. He has served as dean of Stanford University School of Medicine since December 2012. In addition, he is a Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and (by courtesy) of Neurobiology and Bioengineering at Stanford University. As dean, Dr. Minor plays an integral role in setting strategy for the clinical enterprise
of Stanford Medicine, an academic medical center that includes Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care, and Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. He also oversees the quality of Stanford Medicine’s physician practices and growing clinical networks. With Dr. Minor’s leadership, Stanford Medicine has established a strategic vision to lead the biomedical revolution in Precision Health.

RISE Award Presentation

1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Neil Gesundheit, MD, MPH, Resident '80

Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean for Advising,
Stanford University School of Medicine

The RISE (Reach, Inspire, Serve, Engage) Award will be presented to Dr. Gesundheit in recognition of his exceptional dedication to nurturing Stanford Medicine and its alumni community through acts of leadership, volunteerism, mentoring, and teaching.

Afternoon Tours (Choose One)

2:00 p.m.


The Anderson Collection at Stanford University – Guided tour

A newly opened collection of 121 modern and contemporary American paintings and sculptures generously gifted by Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson and Mary Patricia Anderson Pence. This gift represents one of the world’s most outstanding private assemblies of art. Explore on your own, or join a tour below:

  • Public tour at 2:30 p.m. (Space not guaranteed): Shuttle departs LKSC promptly at 2:15 p.m. 
  • Private medical alumni tour at 3:00 p.m. (Tickets required): Shuttle departs LKSC promptly at 2:45 p.m. 

Tickets for the private tour will be available at the Alumni Day information desk on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Cantor Arts Center – Self-guided

A diverse collection that spans continents, cultures, and 5,000 years of art history and includes one of the largest presentations of Rodin bronzes outside of Paris.  

Shuttle service will be available every 15 minutes between LKSC and the Anderson Collection/Cantor Arts Center

The New Stanford Hospital Site – Guided tour 

Learn about Stanford Hospital's past and future on this walking tour that includes Stanford Hospital history, a visit to the new hospital construction site and viewing deck, and a chance to examine the building models. Comfortable walking shoes recommended.

  • Private medical alumni tours at 2:15 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (Tickets required)
  • Tours depart from first floor bookstore at LKSC.
  • Shuttle service will return participants to Parking Structure 1 and LKSC.

Tickets for these tours will be available at the Alumni Day information desk on a first-come, first-served basis.

Evening Activities

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


6:00 p.m. - Ford Alumni Gardens, Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center

*Reunion class photos will be taken during this reception.*

All alumni are invited to attend this evening reception hosted by Dean Lloyd B. Minor. Raise a glass to Stanford University School of Medicine and to your fellow graduates!


7:00 p.m. - McCaw Hall, Frances C. Arrillage Alumni Center

Before Alumni Day 2017 draws to a close, conclude the evening alongside classmates at an elegant dinner in honor of all reunion year alumni.

This year’s MD reunion alumni include the classes of 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, and 2012. Reunions for PhD alumni, other School of Medicine degreed alumni, residents, postdocs, and fellows will also be celebrated.

Seating will be assigned based on year of graduation for MD alumni. Other alumni will be seated by program (PhD, Postdoc, Fellow, Resident, etc.). If you have any specific seating or dietary requests, please be sure to mention them when you register.

Registration Options and Pricing

Early bird pricing through March 17

All-Day Package (includes all daytime and evening events and meals):

Alumni/Guest: $100 / $125
Recent graduate*: $75 / $100

Daytime Activities Only (includes breakfast and lunch):

Alumni/Guest: $40 / $50
Current students: $15 / $25

Evening Activities Only (Dean's Reception & Reunion Dinner):

Alumni/Guest: $75 / $85

*Graduated from Stanford University between 2011-2016.


A limited number of discounted rooms are available for Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 at these hotels:
Sheraton Palo Alto
$159/night plus tax

Westin Palo Alto
$179/night plus tax
Be sure to mention Stanford Medicine Alumni Day to receive the discount. Reservations must be made by Friday, April 7.

Location and Parking Information

Click the heading above to view a PDF version of last year's Alumni Day map.