How would you like to die? Tell your doctor in a letter
How would you like to die? To get these conversations started far and wide, VJ Periyakoil, MD, launched the Stanford Letter Project – a campaign to empower all adults to take the initiative to talk to their doctor about what matters most to them at life’s end. I…
Charlotte Jacobs on 'Jonas Salk: A Life'
Physician-author Charlotte Jacobs, MD, professor emerita of medicine at Stanford, spent the past decade digging through archives, conducting over a hundred interviews and reading countless first-hand accounts and period news to write her latest biography.
Stanford Cancer Center South Bay opens to first patients
A patient and family advisory council recommended ways to maximize patient comfort at the new cancer center.
Getting under the skin of others
Actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith discusses her relationship to her own skin and how as a writer and actor she gets under the skin of her characters.
A conversation with the "happiest man in the world"
Molecular biologist-turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard shares his thoughts on the meaning of happiness, the power of mediation and why the world needs altruism more than ever.
Paul Wise on the evaporation of child health policy in the U.S.
U.S. health policy has turned into cost-containment policy, spelling trouble for children and child health.
Recruiting patients for research? Simple explanations, queries from doctors are best
Patients want to be asked permission to participate in research that compares standard treatment options and that involves reviews of medical records, according to a new study.
Thinking outside of the box: A conversation about mental health with Stanford psychiatrist Amit Etkin
When it comes to treating mental illness, Amit Etkin, MD, PhD, is thinking outside of the box and collaborating with other Stanford scientists to map the origins of mental illnesses in the brain and develop improved treatments for depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Maria Grazia Roncarolo on fast-tracking stem cell and gene therapy to the clinic
Leading stem-cell expert and Stanford professor of pediatrics Maria Grazia Roncarolo, MD, will be leading a session on stem cell and gene therapy at Stanford’s inaugural Child X conference this spring.
Stanford launches smartphone app to study heart health
A free iPhone app allows users to contribute to a study of human heart health while learning about the health of their own hearts, and uses a new software framework developed by Apple.
Days are long, years are short: Paul Kalanithi on time
In this 1:2:1 podcast, Stanford neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi opens up about his battle with terminal lung cancer and how he is facing his own mortality.