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Thank you for joining us at Alumni Day 2015! 

It took nearly a decade and thousands of scientists to sequence the human genome in 2003. In the years since then, the work of pioneering researchers has begun to unlock life’s code—identifying thousands of genes and stimulating the emergence of the fields of genomics and personalized medicine.

This year's presentations explored Stanford Medicine’s cutting-edge genomics research and its implications for society, health care, and our daily lives.

We also commemorated milestone reunions at Alumni Day. This year’s MD reunion alumni include the classes of 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010. 

View photographs and recordings from this year's program below.



Video Gallery

Welcome & Keynote Address

Rare Unlocks the Common: Transforming Medical Science with Genomics



Helpful If Swallowed

Smart Pills & Digital Medicine Technologies



Genetic Ancestry

Why It Matters in Precision Medicine



RISE Award Presentation

Panel Discussion

Genetic Privacy: The Right (Not) To Know



Populations to People

The Practice of Personalized Medicine



Dean's Remarks

Lloyd B. Minor, MD



RISE Award Tribute Video



Photo Gallery







Event Program

Meet us on the second floor of the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge on campus to start your day! Pick up your name tag, take a program, and enjoy a light breakfast while catching up with your classmates.

Welcome remarks will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.



Keynote Address - 8:45 a.m.

Rare Unlocks the Common: Transforming Medical Science with Genomics


President and Founder, Grace Wilsey Foundation

Wilsey is a Silicon Valley angel investor, advisor, and co-founder of CardSpring, Zazzle.com, and other companies. In addition to consumer products and services, he invests in and advocates for biomedical research, drug development, and genetic sequencing technologies. Wilsey became a rare disease hunter and advocate after his daughter Grace was born with NGLY1 deficiency. He has since funded more than 40 scientists at seven medical centers in three countries with the sole purpose of curing the disease and changing the way genetic science helps to identify and treat hereditary disorders.



Panel Discussion - 10:00 a.m.

Genetic Privacy: The Right (Not) to Know

MILDRED CHO, PhD ’92, PD ’93

Professor of Pediatrics and of Medicine
Associate Director, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics

Cho is associate director at the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics and associate professor of pediatrics (genetics). She received her BS in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her PhD from the Stanford University Department of Pharmacology. She is a member of national advisory boards for the National Human Genome Research Institute and the American Association for the Advancement of Science Public Policy Directorate. Cho’s major areas of interest are the ethical and social impacts of genetic research, genetic testing, and gene therapy.


Professor, Stanford Law School
Director, Center for Law and the Biosciences

Greely specializes in the ethical, legal, and social implications of new biomedical technologies, particularly those related to neuroscience, genetics, or stem cell research. He frequently serves as an advisor on state, national, and international policy issues. A graduate of Yale Law School, Greely directs the Stanford Law School Center for Law and the Biosciences. He is also a professor (by courtesy) of genetics at Stanford University School of Medicine, chair of the Steering Committee of the Center for Biomedical Ethics, and director of the Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society.


Stanford Ascherman Professor and Chair, Department of Genetics
Director, Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine

Snyder received his PhD at the California Institute of Technology and postdoctoral training at Stanford University. He is a leader in functional genomics and proteomics, and is one of the major participants of the ENCODE project. His laboratory was the first to perform a large-scale functional genomics project in any organism. Snyder has also combined different state-of-the-art “omics” technologies to perform the first longitudinal detailed integrative personal omics profile (iPOP). He is a member of the Stanford Cancer Institute, Bio-X, and a co-principal investigator at the Stanford Center for Personal Regulomes.



Session Options - 11:10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Helpful If Swallowed

Smart Pills & Digital Medicine Technologies


Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer, Proteus Digital Health

Prior to co-founding Proteus Digital Health, Mark Zdeblick served as the chief technology officer for the optical switch group at K2 Optronics. Dr. Zdeblick is also founder, director and past chief technical officer of Redwood Microsystems.. While working in Professor Calvin Quate’s engineering group at Stanford, Dr. Zdeblick co-invented the microfabricated cantilever beam with an atomically sharp tip that enabled atomic force microscopy. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering and a B.A. in architecture, both from the University of Illinois, and an M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.


Professor, Stanford University School of Engineering
Executive Director, Stanford Technology Ventures Program

Tina Seelig is Professor of the Practice, Department of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University School of Engineering. She is executive director, Stanford Technology Ventures Program. Dr. Seelig earned her PhD in Neuroscience at Stanford Medical School, and has been a management consultant, entrepreneur, and author of 17 books, including inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity (2012), and Insight Out (to be released May 2015). She is the recipient of the Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering, the Olympus Innovation Award, and the Silicon Valley Visionary Award.

Populations to People

The Practice of Personalized Medicine


Associate Professor of Medicine and of Genetics
Co-Director, Stanford Clinical Genomics Service


Ashley directs the Stanford Clinical Genomics Service and the Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease. He led the team that carried out the first clinical interpretation of a human genome in 2010, and in 2013 was recognized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for his contributions to personalized medicine. Ashley is a recipient of the National Innovation Award from the American Heart Association and a New Innovator Award from the National Institute of Health. He is co-founder of Personalis Inc., a genome-scale genetic diagnostics company.

Genetic Ancestry

Why it Matters in Precision Medicine


Professor of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, UCSF School of Medicine

Burchard has been part of the UCSF faculty since 2001. He directs the UCSF Center for Genes, Environments and Health and the Asthma Origins Laboratory, which are both focused on translational genetic research. Burchard’s research interests center around identifying “ethnic-specific” genetic and biologic risk factors for asthma and drug responsiveness among U.S. Racially/ethnically diverse children throughout the U.S. In addition, he studies how race and racially-specific genetic differences influence disease and response to therapies (pharmacogenetics) in children.



Dean’s Remarks - 12:45 p.m.


Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Dean
Stanford University School of Medicine


Lloyd B. Minor, MD, became the Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Dean of Stanford University School of Medicine on December 1, 2012. As dean, Minor is leading the Campaign for Stanford Medicine, which seeks to Fuel Innovation, Transform Patient Care, and Empower Future Leaders at the school, at Stanford Health Care, and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Among his accomplishments, Minor has led the development of an innovative model for cancer research and patient care delivery at Stanford Medicine and has launched a biomedical data science initiative. Minor is also a professor of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and a professor of Bioengineering and of Neurobiology, by courtesy, at Stanford University.



RISE Award Presentation - 1:15 p.m.

The RISE (Reach, Inspire, Serve, Engage) Award is presented each year to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to nurturing Stanford’s medical center and alumni community through acts of leadership, volunteerism, mentoring, or teaching.

KELLEY M. SKEFF, MD, RF ’80, PhD ’81

George DeForest Barnett Professor of Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Skeff is co-director and founder of the Stanford Faculty Development Center for Medical Teachers that has trained more than 240 medical faculty from over 118 institutions. Kelley was a residency program director for two decades, overseeing the education of Stanford internal medicine residents from 1989 to 2009. He currently serves on the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the nation’s largest medical specialty organization. He has also received Stanford and national teaching awards, including Stanford’s Walter J. Gores Faculty Achievement Award and the APDIM Distinguished Medical Educator Award.

Dr. Skeff is the 2015 RISE Award honoree for outstanding alumni service to Stanford Medicine.



Afternoon Tours - 2:15 p.m.

Shuttle Service to Anderson Collection & Cantor Arts Center – 2:15 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The Cantor Arts Center's diverse collections span continents, cultures, and 5,000 years of art history and include one of the largest presentations of Rodin bronzes outside Paris.

The Anderson Collection at Stanford University is a collection of 121 modern and contemporary American paintings and sculpture generously gifted by Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson and Mary Patricia Anderson Pence. This gift represents the core of their larger collection, one of the world’s most outstanding private assemblies of art, built by the family over the past 50 years.

Shuttle service will be available between LKSC and the Anderson Art Collection & Cantor Arts Center, which are both open to the public on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Anderson Collection – Public tour at 2:30 p.m. (Space is not guaranteed)

Shuttle departs LKSC promptly at 2:15 p.m.


Anderson Collection – Private medical alumni tour at 3:30 p.m. (Limited space)

Shuttle departs LKSC promptly at 3:15 p.m.

Tickets are available for this tour at the Alumni Day information desk on a first-come, first-served basis.

Delphine Lucielle Art Exhibit at LKSC – Self-guided

Delphine Lucielle’s artwork is a tribute to the Earth. Her glass paintings reveal the geological patterns hidden inside rocks and illuminate images of crystalline structures that make up the very material Silicon Valley is based upon. Her works are currently featured in a rotating art exhibit throughout LSKC.


New Stanford Hospital Observation Deck – Self-guided

Catch a unique glimpse of the future Stanford Hospital building from the viewing platform located outside of the elevators of the Pasteur Visitor Garage (PS-4).


Stanford Audio Art Tour – Self-guided

Using your cell phone and literature provided at the Alumni Day Information Desk, you will learn about each unique piece of art on the first floor of Stanford Hospital. The Stanford Hospital & Clinics Art Commission presents this tour as one of its many efforts to enhance the environment within the hospital. This self-guided tour is accessed through the main entrance to the hospital.



Evening Activities - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Evening activities will take place at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center.


6:00 p.m. - Ford Alumni Gardens

*Reunion class photos will be taken during this reception.*

All alumni are invited to attend this evening reception hosted by Dean Lloyd B. Minor. Raise a glass to Stanford University School of Medicine and to your fellow graduates!


7:00 p.m. - McCaw Hall

Before Alumni Day 2015 draws to a close, conclude the evening alongside classmates at an elegant dinner in honor of all reunion year alumni.

Seating will be assigned based on year of graduation. If you have any specific seating or dietary requests, please be sure to mention them when you register.



Registration Options & Pricing

Registration is now closed.

On-site registration will not be offered at Alumni Day. Contact medalumni@stanford.edu or 650-725-0526.


Location & Parking Information

Click the heading above to view a PDF version of our Alumni Day 2015 map.

Daytime Activities

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Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge

291 Campus Dr
Stanford CA, 94305
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For daytime activities at LKSC, parking will be available in Parking Structure 1 located on the corner of Roth Way and Campus Drive West. Please look for the directional signage. Golf cart rides will be offered to alumni needing extra assistance getting to and from LKSC and the parking structures. Those with valid ADA placards may park in the LKSC main lot. There are a limited number of parking spaces available.

Parking is free on campus on Saturdays.

Evening Activities

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Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center

326 Galvez St.
Stanford CA, 94305
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For evening activities (dean’s reception & reunion dinner), complimentary valet parking will be available starting at 6:00 p.m. in front of the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center.  Self-parking is also available on the street (permits not required).




A limited number of discounted rooms are available at the Sheraton Palo Alto ($139/night plus tax) and the Westin Palo Alto ($159/night plus tax). These special rates will expire on March 25, 2015. Click here to make your reservation.



Contact Us

Stanford Unversity Medical Center Alumni Association

(650) 725-0526