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Stevenson becomes school’s senior associate dean for maternal and child health

David Stevenson, MD, will help lead the School of Medicine’s collaborative efforts in caring for expectant mothers, infants and children.

- By Erin Digitale

David Stevenson

David Stevenson, MD, the Harold K. Faber Professor of Pediatrics, has been appointed as the School of Medicine’s first senior associate dean for maternal and child health. He stepped into the role on Sept. 1.

“I’m excited to be launching an effort that allows me to focus on my interests in pediatrics and obstetrics,” Stevenson said. “We need increasingly strong integration between the vision and goals of the dean’s office, on behalf of the school, and the vision and goals of Stanford Children’s Health. I’m looking forward to bringing my familiarity with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, and its efforts to adapt to the changes it is facing, to the job of ensuring that those adaptions are coordinated with the school’s efforts around research and education.”   

Stevenson, who also directs the hospital’s Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services, previously served for six years as the School of Medicine’s vice dean and for 12 years as senior associate dean for academic affairs.

“David’s skill, expertise, compassion and dedication have made a real difference both in the lives of patients and to the reputation of Stanford Medicine,” said Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of the School of Medicine. “We are thrilled that he is bringing his talents to this new role.”

Stevenson’s portfolio will include all aspects of care for expectant mothers, infants and children. He will partner with Minor to lead the school’s collaborations with Stanford Children’s Health and the children’s hospital. In particular, he will work with other hospital and school leaders to appoint associate or assistant deans, including a new chief medical officer for the hospital to replace the current CMO, Kenneth Cox, MD, who plans to step down at the end of 2014.

Stevenson, a neonatologist, has been a member of the Stanford community for 35 years. His work in neonatal jaundice and the prevention of preterm birth has led to improved outcomes for countless infants and expectant mothers. As an advocate for health, he has received a number of awards and honors, and has been a member of the Institute of Medicine since 2012.

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