In the News
This blog post highlights an article in the winter issue of Stanford Medicine magazine that explores new advancements in preventing and treating strokes. Marion Buckwalter, associate professor of neurology and neurological sciences; Maarten Lansberg, associate professor of neurology and neurological sciences; Paul George, assistant professor of neurology and neurological sciences; Amit Etkin, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences; and Gary Steinberg, the Bernard and Ronni LaCroute-William Randolph Hearst Professor in Neurosurgery and Neurosciences, are featured in the article.
Artificial intelligence can be helpful, but physicians and scientists should carefully consider ethical issues related to its use, a team of Stanford Medicine researchers wrote in a perspective piece. Senior author David Magnus, the Thomas A. Raffin Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Ethics and a professor of pediatrics and of medicine, is quoted in this article.
In this post, Randall Stafford, professor of medicine and director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices, offers a quick guide to pros and cons of insulin use for Type 2 diabetes. This is part of a series of blog posts discussing the disease.
StateImpact Oklahoma (NPR), 03/15/18
Research by David Magnus shows that the decision-making process for organ transplantation discriminates against patients with developmental or cognitive disabilities. Magnus, the Thomas A. Raffin Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Ethics and a professor of pediatrics and of medicine, was interviewed in this segment.
Research Gate, 03/14/18
Artificial intelligence can be helpful, but physicians and scientists should carefully consider ethical issues related to its use, a team of Stanford Medicine researchers wrote in a perspective piece. The lead author is Danton Char, assistant professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine, who is featured in this Q&A. David Magnus, the Thomas A. Raffin Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Ethics and a professor of pediatrics and of medicine; and Nigam Shah, associate professor of medicine of biomedical data science, also contributed to the piece.
Inside Stanford Medicine, 03/12/18
The Clinical Genomics Program, which began as a pilot program a few years ago, offers whole-exome sequencing and analysis to patients with undiagnosed genetic diseases. Gregory Enns, professor of pediatrics; Louanne Hudgins, professor of pediatrics, and Euan Ashley, professor of medicine, co-medical directors of the Clinical Genomics Program, are quoted in this story.
This blog post highlights a story in the winter issue of Stanford Medicine magazine written by Audrey Shafer that explores the lessons Frankenstein teaches about pushing boundaries in science, technology and medicine. Shafer is a professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System and director of Stanford’s Medicine & the Muse Program. To read the article published in Stanford Medicine magazine click here.
The Presence Center will be hosting a day-long symposium in April to discuss issues surrounding humans and machines in medicine. Dean Lloyd Minor will be speaking at the event. This post includes Abraham Verghese, the Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor; Jonathan Chen, assistant professor of medicine; and Sonoo Thadaney, executive director of the Presence Center.
Advance Health Care Information
California law give you the ability to ensure that your health care wishes are known and considered if you become unable to make these decisions yourself. Completing a form called an “Advance Health Care Directive” allows you to do a number of things:
Appoint another person to be your health care “agent”
Delineate your health care wishes, such as:
- Health care instructions, including life support, organ and tissue donation
- Revoke prior directives
A sample form is attached for reference. Acknowledgment before a notary public is not required if two qualified witnesses have signed this Directive in Part 5. In other words this is a free legally binding document.
SCBE Brown Bag
Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 11am
Galen Joseph, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine, UCSF
Topic: Precision Medicine on Trial: Ethnography of a Personalized Breast Cancer Screening Trail Using Genomics to Assign Risk
Location: SCBE conference room at 1215 Welch road, Mod A.
Medicine & the Muse Program
The 2018 International Health Humanities Consortium Conference will be held at Stanford University from April 20-22, 2018.
A celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein through an
exploration of medically-based ethical dilemmas and an examination of the
relevance of Frankenstein in moral imagination today.
Professor, Art and Art History at Stanford University
Professor, Media and Society at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature and Medicine at Stanford University
Associate Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University
Ways to Give Gifts
A gift may be made in the form of a check, securities, a bequest, or a complex trust arrangement designed to maximize tax advantages. Checks should be made payable to Stanford University.
For financial donations, please contact the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics at