In the News
Santa Clara County may have seen its largest single-day increase in positive COVID-19 cases, but one Bay Area doctor said Wednesday the number that gives a better sense of what is happening with the pandemic are the hospitalizations. Steven Goodman, professor of medicine and of health research and policy, provides comment.
Ethics Committees at Bay Area hospitals are discussing how they will ration care if medical resources become scarce. David Magnus, the Thomas A. Raffin Professor in Medicine and Biomedical Ethics, director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, provides comment.
Vermont Conversation, 03/11/20
The coronavirus pandemic is sweeping across the globe and has arrived in Vermont. Stanford epidemiologist Steve Goodman discusses the uniquely dangerous dimensions of this new pandemic, the botched federal response, the impact of the Trump Administration’s misinformation, and why he calls COVID-19 “a tsunami.”
Washington Post, 03/16/20
This article looks at some of factors attributed to early coronavirus testing delays. Michelle Mello, professor of law and medicine, provides comment.
USA Today, 03/06/20
This piece by Alyssa Burgart, clinical assistant professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine, speaks about the importance of cancelling elective surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Are your healthy habits succumbing to coronavirus? In this post, Randall Stafford, professor of medicine and director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices, offers some tips to stay safe and protect your well-being amid the outbreak.
The Hill, 3/11/20
Coronavirus lockdowns abroad are raising questions about the upper limits of government power as health officials in the U.S. and around the world scramble to slow the spread of infection. Michelle Mello, professor of law and medicine, is quoted.
USA Today, 03/06/20
In this California epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, officials say they are trying to be as transparent as possible. David Magnus, the Thomas A. Raffin Professor in Medicine and Biomedical Ethics, director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, provides comment.
A spike in the number of cases of the new coronavirus in the U.S. has reignited the debate around paid sick leave. Medical experts warn the current situation could exacerbate the spread of COVID-19 by dissuading people to take time off work. Professor of pediatrics and of medicine; and Michelle Mello, professor of law and of medicine, provides comment. She also provides comment on media coverage surrounding coronavirus on KCBS Radio.
Advanced Health Care Directive
California law give you the ability to ensure that your health care wishes are known and considered if you become unable to make these decisions yourself. Completing a form called an “Advance Health Care Directive” allows you to do a number of things:
Appoint another person to be your health care “agent”
Delineate your health care wishes, such as:
- Health care instructions, including life support, organ and tissue donation
- Revoke prior directives
A sample form is attached for reference. Acknowledgment before a notary public is not required if two qualified witnesses have signed this Directive in Part 5. In other words this is a free legally binding document.
Ways to Give Gifts
A gift may be made in the form of a check, securities, a bequest, or a complex trust arrangement designed to maximize tax advantages. Checks should be made payable to Stanford University.
For financial donations, please contact the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics at