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Joseph Hopkins, MD, MMM

Medicine

I am a family physician by clinical background and today I am the Associate Chief Medical Officer of the hospital and the Senior Medical Director for Quality. With the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, I also lead the Stanford Leadership Development Program, which is in its twelfth year this coming fall. Through the Leadership Development Program, we identify faculty who are currently in or will otherwise rise to leadership roles and provide them with basic leadership skills training over nine months. We have done a lot of evaluation of the program, and faculty self-report improvement in their leadership skills.

In addition, I am very involved in quality improvement here in the hospital. This may range from following up on an incident or helping initiate and execute a new program. I also co-chair the Committee for Professionalism. We identify individuals who may be getting an unusual number of patient and family complaints and we work with these individuals to see how they can improve. We also implement a tiered set of interventions in order to address complaints among healthcare teams. 

I was first a medical student here at Stanford and it really gave me a different picture of medicine. For example, there was an elective rotation that students could do at a community clinic in Livingston, CA. One of the local factories processes a lot of chickens, so we would see people with tremendously inflamed tendons. They would be working on the production line, and their job was to pluck off the chickens’ remaining feathers. The extension and flexion of their wrist was so frequent that their wrist and hand would become incredibly inflamed. In time, medical students went and talked to the plant, and the plant slowed down the production line. I learned that medicine is more than just what a physician can do in an exam room.

Stanford is an amazing place. The people here are very bright, creative, and innovative. This is a realm of frequent discoveries that make real differences.