Professor (Clinical) of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emeritus
Lorrin M. Koran, M.D., received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. Following an internship at UCLA, he completed a residency in psychiatry at Stanford University Medical Center and then served in the U.S. Public Health Service. After a year in London as a Visiting Colleague at the Maudsley Hospital Institute of Psychiatry, he joined the faculty at SUNY at Sony Brook in 1972, served as Associate Professor from 1976 to 1977, and as Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry from 1972 to 1977. In 1977 he joined the faculty at Stanford University Medical Center, where he has served as Professor of Psychiatry from 1984, and is now Professor, emeritus. In 1980, he created the Comprehensive Medicine Unit within Stanford University Hospital, which he directed until 1989. He directed the Psychiatric Consultation/Liaison Service from 1991 to 1995, and the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Clinic and research program from 1989 until 2010. Dr. Koran served as Visiting Professor at Stanford in Florence, Italy in 1991, where he taught a course entitled, “Medicine and Art in the Renaissance.” He received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Stanford Department of Psychiatry in 1980, 2000 and 2008. Dr. Koran is board-certified in Psychiatry and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Koran’s research has focused on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders, on the relationship of medical and psychiatric disorders, on pharmacotherapy for chronic depressive disorders, and on pharmacoeconomic studies. He chaired the APA Workgroup that produced the 2007 guideline for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Dr. Koran has lectured extensively throughout the world on these and related topics. Dr. Koran is currently engaged in research on gadolinium deposition disease, a disorder afflicting a small percentage of patients who undergo a contrast-assisted MRI, retain gadolinium from the contrast medium, and experience resulting symptoms.
Jack, Lulu and Sam Willson Professor of Medicine
Dr. David Spiegel is Willson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Center on Stress and Health, and Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he has been a member of the academic faculty since 1975, and was Chair of the Stanford University Faculty Senate from 2010-2011. Dr. Spiegel has more than 40 years of clinical and research experience studying psycho-oncology, stress and health, pain control, psychoneuroendocrinology, sleep, hypnosis, and conducting randomized clinical trials involving psychotherapy for cancer patients. He has published thirteen books, 404 scientific journal articles, and 170 book chapters on hypnosis, psychosocial oncology, stress physiology, trauma, and psychotherapy. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Aging, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Fetzer Institute, the Dana Foundation for Brain Sciences, and the Nathan S. Cummings Foundation. He was a member of the work groups on stressor and trauma-related disorders for the DSM-IV and DSM-5 editions of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. He is Past President of the American College of Psychiatrists and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, and is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine. He was invited to speak on hypnosis at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2018.