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Scope, 12/05/19

--Close calls: How AI could improve breast tumor diagnosis

In a recent segment on Stanford Radio, Ross Shachter, associate professor of management science and engineering, discussed how AI can help radiologists with diagnosis accuracy. Russ Altman, the Kenneth Fong Professor and professor of bioengineering, of genetics, of medicine and of biomedical data science, is host.


Scope, 12/03/19

--Discussing death: Teaching clinicians how to broach tough topics with patients

In this series, three Stanford physicians discuss how Stanford Medicine medical students are learning to navigate difficult conversations. Stephanie Harman, clinical associate professor of medicine; Charles Prober, senior associate vice provost for health education, and professor of pediatrics and of microbiology and immunology; and Jonathan Berek, the Laurie Kraus Lacob professor of obstetrics and gynecology, are featured in this post.


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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.

Upcoming Events

Biomedical Ethics Seminars
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Laura Dunn, MD
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University Medical Center
Topic: TBA

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Medicine & the Muse Program (Click here to learn more) 

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