Lloyd B. Minor, MD

Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Professor for the Dean of the School of Medicine, Professor of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, and by courtesy, of Neurobiology & Bioengineering

Biography

Lloyd B. Minor, MD, is a scientist, surgeon, and academic leader. He is the Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine, a position he has held since December 2012. He is also a professor of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and a professor of Bioengineering and of Neurobiology, by courtesy, 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 the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care, and Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. He oversees the quality of Stanford Medicine’s physicians on the faculty and in the growing clinical networks and physician practices.

With Dr. Minor’s leadership, Stanford Medicine is leading the biomedical revolution through Precision Health. Empowering people to lead healthy lives, Precision Health is a fundamental shift to more proactive and personalized health care that predicts and prevents disease before it strikes and cures it decisively if it does. Dean Minor also has led the creation of an Integrated Strategic Plan (ISP) that reaffirms Stanford Medicine’s Precision Health vision while articulating a new commitment to be Human Centered and Discovery Led. An unprecedented roadmap, the ISP aligns Stanford Medicine’s three entities, informs how each will develop strategies and make decisions, and is activating 25 high-impact initiatives across Stanford Medicine over the next three years.

Recognizing the importance of fundamental research and Stanford’s extraordinary strengths in scientific discovery, Dr. Minor has provided significant support for basic science research and for clinical and translational research at Stanford. Through bold initiatives in medical education and increased support for PhD students, Dr. Minor is committed to inspiring and training future leaders.

Among other accomplishments Dr. Minor has led the development and implementation of an innovative model for cancer research and patient care delivery at Stanford Medicine and has launched an initiative in biomedical data science to harness the power of big data and create a learning health care system. Committed to diversity, he has increased student financial aid and expanded faculty leadership opportunities.

Before coming to Stanford, Dr. Minor was provost and senior vice president for academic affairs of The Johns Hopkins University. During his time as provost, Dr. Minor launched many university-wide initiatives such as the Gateway Sciences Initiative to support pedagogical innovation, and the Doctor of Philosophy Board to promote excellence in PhD education. He worked with others around the university and health system to coordinate the Individualized Health Initiative, which aimed to use genetic information to transform health care.

Prior to his appointment as provost in 2009, Dr. Minor served as the Andelot Professor and director (chair) of the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and otolaryngologist-in-chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. During his six-year tenure, he expanded annual research funding by more than half and increased clinical activity by more than 30 percent, while strengthening teaching efforts and student training.

With more than 140 published articles and chapters, Dr. Minor is an expert in balance and inner ear disorders. Through neurophysiological investigations of eye movements and neuronal pathways, his work has identified adaptive mechanisms responsible for compensation to vestibular injury in a model system for studies of motor learning (the vestibulo-ocular reflex). The synergies between this basic research and clinical studies have led to improved methods for the diagnosis and treatment of balance disorders. In recognition of his work in refining a treatment for Ménière’s disease, Dr. Minor received the Prosper Ménière Society’s gold medal in 2010.

In the medical community, Dr. Minor is perhaps best known for his discovery of superior canal dehiscence syndrome, a debilitating disorder characterized by sound- or pressure-induced dizziness. In 1998 Dr. Minor and colleagues published a description of the clinical manifestations of the syndrome and related its cause to an opening (dehiscence) in the bone covering the superior canal. He subsequently developed a surgical procedure that corrects the problem and alleviates symptoms.

Dr. Minor received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Brown University. He trained at Duke University Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medical Center and completed a research fellowship at the University of Chicago and a clinical fellowship at The Otology Group and The EAR Foundation in Nashville, Tennessee.

In 2012, Dr. Minor was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine.

"One of the most active things that I do is to listen, to process what I'm hearing and to come up with informed questions that bring us together in planning our future.

As part of the Stanford Executive Briefing series, Minor shares his thoughts on authentic leadership and offers five leadership principles.