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Advancing the Standard of Care

  • How to bounce back from pandemic

    Stanford Medicine experts have created a framework to guide public officials, school administrators and business leaders on re-establishing normal operations during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Legacy of Innovation

  1. First use in Western hemisphere of linear accelerator to treat cancer

    A 2-year-old boy with a tumor in his eye is the first to undergo X-ray treatment from a medical linear accelerator developed by Henry Kaplan and campus physicists.

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  2. First neonatal intensive care unit to allow parent visitation

    Stanford creates the first neonatal intensive care unit that allows visitation by parents.

  3. First successful human combined heart/lung transplant in the world (fourth attempted worldwide)

    Mary Gohlke receives the world's first combined heart and lung transplant in a landmark operation led by surgeon Bruce Reitz.


  4. First clinical trial testing methods for preventing eating disorders in adolescents

    Researchers Joel Killen and Thomas Robinson publish findings that shed light on the causes of eating disorders in adolescents.



  5. First demonstration that lifestyle changes and drug therapy decrease heart attack rates and slows progression of atherosclerosis in coronary arteries

    Researcher William Haskell shows that intensive lifestyle changes and  prevention/treatment programs can reduce cardiac events and slow the progression of atherosclerosis in coronary arteries.


  6. Development of a new type of imaging system that can illuminate tumors in living subjects, getting pictures with a precision of nearly one-trillionth of a meter

    Radiologist Sanjiv Gambhir develops a new type of imaging system that can illuminate tumors in living subjects with a precision of nearly one-trillionth of a meter

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  7. New method allows sequencing of fetal genomes using maternal blood

    Bioengineer Stephen Quake develops a groundbreaking method to sequence the genome of an unborn baby using only a blood sample from the mother.

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  8. A new technique induces egg growth in infertile women, and one gives birth

    An in-vitro activation procedure developed by endocrinologist Aaron Hsueh is used to induce egg growth in some infertile women, and one gives birth.

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In support of the LGBTQ+ community

In response to a June 12 federal rule that obstructs health care access for transgender and other sexual and gender minority people, Stanford Medicine affirms its support of our LGBTQ+ community

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