In his first four years at Stanford, Lloyd Minor has established the vision of precision health while also strengthening the ties within Stanford Medicine and promoting diversity.
March 13, 2017
“As I look back on my first term, I am filled with gratitude for the role that each of you has played in the many successes we have achieved and the challenges we have overcome,” Minor said in a statement. “Thank you for your support, your advice and the work you do every day to push our mission forward. I couldn’t ask for better colleagues and collaborators.”
During the past four years, Minor worked with faculty, students, staff and hospital leaders to establish a strategic vision for precision health, the goal of which is to anticipate and prevent disease in the healthy and precisely diagnose and treat disease in the ill. He appointed a multidisciplinary committee that has identified priorities and initiatives to ensure that precision health is a part of everything from equipping medical students with skills in bioinformatics and determinants of wellness, to developing cutting-edge diagnostics, to delivering personalized strategies aimed at keeping patients well. All of these endeavors will be tied together through a hub of data science that informs medical research, practice and teaching.
The dean has also worked with the leaders of the two hospitals to ensure that priorities are aligned across Stanford Medicine, laying the foundation for creating an integrated strategic plan. In addition, he led the development and implementation of an innovative model for cancer research and patient care delivery, and has collaborated with faculty and hospital leaders in developing strategies to enhance the quality of care delivered in Stanford Medicine’s expanding clinical networks.
A few of Minor’s other accomplishments include:
- Increasing diversity among students by expanding programming, outreach and scholarships. Underrepresented minorities accounted for 28 percent of the incoming graduate students and 25 percent of the incoming medical students in 2016, compared with 10 and 14 percent, respectively for 2012. He has also worked with school leaders to increase accountability and transparency in their efforts to enhance diversity among the faculty ranks, and has taken a variety of steps to create an atmosphere at the school that is inclusive and welcoming.
- Improving support for graduate and medical students, including an innovative program that provides support to graduate students so that they no longer have to rely on funding through faculty grants from the National Institutes of Health.
- Working to enhance fundamental and translational research support. For instance, by leveraging $4 million distributed thus far as seed grants through the school’s Discovery Innovation Fund, researchers have received an additional $20 million in grants. NIH funding to the school has increased from $295 million in fiscal 2013 to $382 million in the current fiscal year.
- Building philanthropic pipelines as part of the Campaign for Stanford Medicine, which ended in August 2016 after raising $1.7 billion for a variety of initiatives including support for biomedical innovation and the building of the new Stanford Hospital, and through the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health for pediatric and obstetric programs. Among the major philanthropic gifts were $24 million to establish the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy & Asthma Research, and $50 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the Stanford Human Systems Immunology Center.
“As I look to the next five years, I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to continue our work together. The future holds so much promise and, with our precision health vision and our culture of collaboration, we are poised to lead,” Minor said.
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