Dean’s Lecture Series

An opportunity for students, trainees, faculty and staff to explore current topics that impact our mission areas.

Upcoming Speakers

Richard Besser, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Time: 12–1 pm

Location: Berg Hall, Li Ka Shing Center

Please join Dean Lloyd Minor and Richard Besser, MD, for a lecture about the social determinants of health and health equity.

Since April 2017, Dr. Besser has served as president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest private foundation in the country devoted solely to improving the nation’s health. Dr. Besser provided medical analysis and reports at ABC News, as former chief health and medical editor, and his weekly health chats on social media reached millions. As former director of the Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he was responsible for all public health emergency preparedness and emergency response activities. 

Lunch will be provided. Register online.

Emma Walmsley, CEO, GlaxoSmithKline  

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Time: 12–1 pm

Location: Berg Hall, Li Ka Shing Center

Please join Dean Lloyd Minor and Emma Walmsley, for a fireside chat.

Emma Walmsley has been GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) CEO since April 2017. Since becoming CEO, Emma has focused GSK’s three businesses (Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines, and Consumer Healthcare) around three long-term priorities: Innovation, Performance, and Trust, underpinned by a culture change. Most recently, GSK announced a new approach to R&D, focusing on science related to the immune system, the use of genetics and investments in advanced technologies. Emma co-chairs the Consumer, Retail and Life Sciences Council, a business advisory group for the U.K. Government, and is an Honourary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Lunch will be provided. Register online.


The Dean’s Lecture Series will take place in Berg Hall at the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge Stanford unless otherwise stated.


The Dean’s Lecture Series is free and open to the Stanford community. Preregistration is required. Seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early to reserve your seat.

Questions about the series? Send us a message.

This lecture series is a venue for Stanford Medicine faculty, students, and staff to explore current topics and trends that will inspire and challenge us as we carry out our mission to improve human health locally and globally.

Dean Lloyd Minor