About the Biomedical Data Science (BDS) Department

Our mission is to harness the power of data to promote health, prevent disease, and deliver care better, faster, and cheaper.

Special thanks to: Saul Bromberger & Sandra Hoover Photography for all people pictures on this site; the content and web development team at Wired Moon; and Artefact Design, Inc for the artistic illustrations.

Core Vision & Values

We, as a department, are connected by our collective desire to:

  • Explore the boundaries of what is possible
  • Help humanity
  • Reform health care
  • Transform science
  • Train the next generation of leaders in biomedical data science
  • Treat all people equally
  • Empower patients and stakeholders (people)
  • Share our love of knowledge and education


The Department of Biomedical Data Science opened on October 1, 2015. It is the first Stanford department to be built from the ground up since 2003, and it is essential to the School of Medicine's mission of Precision Health.

Stanford's Biostatistics Division (with its Ph.D. degree program, Biostats Workshop program, and Data Coordinating Center) has already been fully integrated into the Department. Shortly after the School of Medicine moved to Palo Alto in 1959, Biostatistics became a division of what was the Department of Community Medicine. The division’s founder, Lincoln Moses, was soon joined by division leaders, Rupert G. Miller, Jr. and Byron Wm. (Bill) Brown, Jr. In 1988, the Division of Biostatistics became one of three divisions of the new Department of Health Research and Policy (HRP), the other two being Epidemiology and Health Services Research. From its inception, Biostatistics at Stanford has been involved in the research activities of every clinical division in the School, many basic science departments, the Schools of Education, Humanities and Sciences and Law, and in many national efforts that involved biostatistics.