News about BMI

Starting in 2018, all news will be posted to our LinkedIn page.



  • Shirley Wu, BMI PhD graduate and product science director at 23andMe, is discussed in a lovely writeup titled, Five Things You Should Know About Shirley Wu.
  • Congratulations to Steve Bagley, who has been awarded the 2016-17 Stanford Biosciences “Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award”. This honor is given to faculty who make distinguished contributions towards enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion across the Stanford Biosciences.
  • Daniel Rubin, MD, MS, received the 2017 Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research Distinguished Investigator Award. This prestigious honor recognizes individuals for their accomplishments in the field of medical imaging.
  • Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT names former Siemens CMO Donald Rucker, BMI alum, as new national coordinator.
  • Microsoft's new head of research, BMI alum Eric Horvitz, leads the way in changing how humans interact with machines as he furthers his career in building powerful artifical intelligence.
  • Congratulations to Manisha Desai who has been promoted to Professor of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics Research) and of Biomedical Data Science!
  • A multi-institutional team led by Saeed Hasanpoor(currently at Darmouth College) our first PhD minor graduate, developed an NLP model that can recognize the underlying semantics of narratives in radiology reports.
  • Congratulations to Nick Tatonetti and Mark Frisse, BMI alumni, who are 2016 AMIA Signature Award Recipients.
  • Advantages of BMI PhD by alumna, Tiffany Chen
  • A hearty BMI welcome to our new Student Services Specialist, Ayla Akgul and a fond farewell to Nancy Lennartsson as she has retired from Stanford yet again.
  • Having exceeded the $100,000 level, the Darlene Vian Memorial Student Fund is now permanently endowed by Stanford. Thank you to the more than 100 friends, family and alumni whose support will provide ongoing assistance to BMI students.  We continue to recognize donors at the $1000 level and up on the perpetual plaque mounted in the Medical School Office Building Conference Room.
  • Coming to ONC - One Informaticist's Journey, an article highlighting Don Rucker's path to informatics and the science and processing of date for storage and retrieval.
  • Katie Planey's CoINcIDE research featured in Science.

  • Eric Horvitz recognized by ACM for major technical contributions that have advanced the computing field.

  • “Cure it!” 2016 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize goes to Catalin Voss for the Google Glass device project led by BMI faculty Dennis Wall.

  • Maheetha Bharadwaj (BMI Co-Term) has been awarded a 2016 Gates Cambridge Scholarship.
  • Linda Szabo (PhD student) will give a talk at the CEHG Symposium 2016 held at Stanford Feb 29-Mar 1.
  • Natalie Pageler, Clinical Associate Professor-Pediatrics, joins BMI as collaborating faculty.
  • Vanessa Sochat shares her perspective on Better Research Tools Needed
  • Jonathan Palma (MS 2012) new program director for the Clinical Informatics Fellowship at Stanford
  • The Darlene Vian Memorial Student Fund Major plaque now has a $10,000 contributor level Thank you to all contributors.
  • Rong Xu (PhD 2010) received the Landon Foundation–AACR INNOVATOR Award for Cancer Prevention Research and the 2015 AMIA New Investigator Award.
  • Carlos Bustamante named chair of new Department of Biomedical Data Science
  • Dr. Chris Longhurst (BMI Participating Faculty) has accepted the position of Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Chief Information Officer at UC San Diego Health Sciences.
  • Teri Klein & Russ Altman (BMI Exec) received NIH funding to expand premier precision-health resource PharmGKB knowledge base.
  • Russ Altman will be a speaker at the Nov 18-20 TEDMED 2015 in Palm Springs.
  • Mary Jeanne Oliva awarded School of Medicine Employee of the Month, August 2015
  • New Department of Biomedical Data Science announced. More to come...
  • Francisco Gimenez (PhD student) graduation speech (PhD candidate)
  • Tim Sweeney, MD, PhD (MS grad) was selected for the Society of University Surgeons Resident Research Scholarship Award to support his research project entitled "Optimization and Validation of Transcriptomic Signatures for Improving Sepsis Diagnosis"
  • Great press for Tim Sweeney (MS grad), Purvesh Khatri (BMI exec) and their colleagues work on Diagnostic Gene Set for Sepsis...
  • Daniel Rubin (BMI exec) featured in Stanford Medicine in the News SCOPE.


  • Eric Horvitz (1993 PhD) and Russ Altman (Program Director) will lead One Hundred Year Study of Artificial Intelligence (AI100).
  • Chris Longhurst (Collaborating Faculty) was inducted into ACMI
  • Alum Kaustubh Supekar was awarded the 2014 Young Investigator Award by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD)
  • Russ Altman has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • Current student Francisco Gimenez won First Place in the 2014 AMIA Student Paper competition and the Martin Epstein award.
  • Rong Xu, PhD 2010, captures prestigious NIH director's New Innovator Award.
  • Douglas B. Fridsma, MD, PhD (2003), FACP, FACMI, was unanimously approved by the AMIA Board to become the President and CEO. Doug is a 2003 PhD graduate of BMI.
  • The Darlene Vian Memorial Student Fund Major Donor plaque was unveiled at the 2014 BMI Program annual retreat. The plaque, acknowledging donations of $1000+, has been mounted in the Medical School Office Building. Gifts to improve the quality of BMI student life may be made may be made payable to “Silicon Valley Community Foundation” with “For Darlene Vian Memorial Fund” written in the memo line. Mail your check to:

    Darlene Vian Memorial Fund
    Gifts Department
    Silicon Valley Community Foundation
    2440 West El Camino Real, Suite 300
    Mountain View, CA 94040

    Mary Jeanne Oliva, Russ Altman and Brian McCune unveiling the Vian Memorial Plaque at Asilomar, 2014.

    Vian plaque update after adding a 10K category and reaching the $100,000 goal for endowment in 2016.

  • BMI faculty Nigam Shah and Chris Longhurst propose the Green Button; for using aggregate patient data at point of care in Health Affairs.

  • Congratulations to current student and veteran David Odgers for being named a Tillman Military Scholar in recognition of his service, leadership and academic excellence.

  • Stanford Medicine magazine profiles The healing power of medical records. Shah and Altman featured.
  • Alumnus Chirag Patel's paper "Studying the Elusive Environment in Large Scale" published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, June 2014.

  • Welcome back alumnus Curtis Langlotz, MD, PhD. Contratulations on your appointment as Professor of Radiology, effective 7/1/2014.
  • Alumnus and BMI Program Director, Russ Altman, selected for the 2013-14 Stanford Biosciences “Excellence in Mentoring Award”.
  • Joel Dudley was ranked #41 on the Fast Company list of 100 Most Creative People in Business for “Splicing Information with Quality Medical Care.” (2011 BMI PhD)
  • Exec Atul Butte received the E. Mead Johnson Award, Society for Pediatric Research (2014)
  • Chirag Patel wins Pathway to Independence Award. (2011 BMI PhD)
  • Congratulations to Kun-Hsing Yu for being selected for the 2014-2015 Student Editorial Board! The SEB will contribute to the peer-review process for JAMIA by attending Editorial Board meetings and reviewing manuscripts.
  • Genetics / Genomics / Bioinformatics tie for #1 in Best Schools rankings published by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Off-label drug use anyone? Check out this article referencing Ken Jung, Nigam Shah & colleagues.
  • Alum Marty Chavez named CIO at Goldman Sachs.
  • Current students Diego Calderon and Vanessa Sochat are actively involved in the podcast "Goggles Optional"