Inside Stanford Digestive Health

News from the Gastroenterology Division.

Special Newsletter-Proud Past, Bright Future

W. Ray Kim, MD

Dear Colleagues,

56 – 35 – 30 – 15 – 10

For the mathematically inclined, this sequence may trigger a reflex to recognize a hidden pattern. While there might be a formulaic solution, those numbers represent how Stanford GI has ranked in the US News report of medicine specialty in the past 5 years covering some 8 years’ worth of data. We have moved up consistently and rapidly.

This Fall, I will have been the GI Chief at Stanford for 10 years. As I reflect on the decade, I am humbled by the tremendous advances built on a foundation established over the decades before.

As our mission statement declares, we consider training and education our number one goal. Our flagship program, the ACGME GI fellowship, consists now of five fellows per year. It has become one of the most sought-after programs of its kind in the nation. We have several advanced fellowship training opportunities; the newest is the transplant hepatology fellowship. Our graduates have been successful with many joining our faculty.

As you will note in this newsletter, we have expansive, vibrant, state-of-the-art clinical programs encompassing all areas of gastroenterology and hepatology. Our faculty grew from 17 a decade ago to 62 today with a majority actively engaged in clinical roles. As the US News ranking indicates, Stanford GI is acknowledged to deliver the highest quality care in the nation, but we would not be Stanford Medicine if we didn’t have ground-breaking impact on research. Our scope ranges from basic biology to translational science to clinical trials and to population health. In the past 12 months alone, our faculty, fellows and postdoctoral scholars made more than 100 presentations at national and international scientific meetings and produced more than 400 publications.

Beyond these quantifiable achievements, I am proudest of our culture. We established our CoMET principles – Community, Mentorships, Equity, and Transparency, articulating our values as a family.

Our growing diversity is also making us better and stronger as a Division – for example, 45% of our faculty are women, which is twice the national average.

We strive to be better continuously. As always, we look forward to hearing back from you.

Ray Kim

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Winter/Spring 2023