Updates from Dean Minor

Learn the latest on the strategic direction for Stanford Medicine.

  • Dean's Newsletter January 2020

    In his first newsletter of 2020, Dean Minor discusses the Rise of the Data-Driven Physician, the appointment of the inaugural Director in Quality at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and more.

  • Dean's Newsletter February 2020

    A transformational gift and matching funding will help Stanford Medicine eliminate medical school debt for students with the most need. Learn the details of the new program and get the latest news from Stanford Medicine.

  • Dean's Newsletter December 2019

    After a successful 2019, Dean Minor thanks the dedicated and talented Stanford Medicine community and expresses optimism for the new year. This month's newsletter features Dean Minor's annual reading list, the EHR Roundtable Report, and much more.

  • Dean's Newsletter November 2019

    In November, Stanford Medicine had much to be thankful for as it opened the new Stanford Hospital and an interdisciplinary research hub. See the role that the Stanford Medicine community will play in these facilities and other news in research, education, and patient care.

  • Dean's Newsletter October 2019

    The State of Stanford Medicine showcased the depth and breadth of Stanford Medicine's transformative work to improve human health. Learn about the event and get the latest news from Stanford Medicine.

  • Dean's Newsletter September 2019

    Just weeks from the opening of the new Stanford Hospital, thousands of people from the community toured the new facility and enjoyed a street fair. See the first impression that the new hospital left and get the latest news from Stanford Medicine.

  • Dean's Newsletter August 2019

    This academic year, Stanford Medicine is welcoming one of the most diverse classes of MD, PA, and PhD students in its history. Read about the importance of diversity as well as other significant stories from around the community.

  • Dean's Newsletter July 2019

    From poring over blueprints to pouring concrete, the 10-year journey to construct the new Stanford Hospital will conclude this fall. Get the latest about the new hospital and other important news from across Stanford Medicine.

  • Dean's Newsletter June 2019

    In addition to Dean Minor's send-off to Stanford Medicine's latest graduating class, this edition of The Brief highlights how Stanford Medicine is sparking passion for science in teens, saved two young brothers with a stem cell transplant technique, and more.

  • Commencement

    In his 2019 Commencement address to Stanford University School of Medicine graduates, Dean Lloyd Minor shared the key to a fulfilling career in medicine: Pursuing your passions.

  • Dean's Newsletter May 2019

    Through the Humanwide project, a diverse cohort of patients saw firsthand the power and promise of Precision Health. Learn more about how Humanwide improved health and get the latest news from around Stanford Medicine in the May edition of The Brief.

  • Dean's Newsletter April 2019

    Stanford Medicine welcomed GlaxoSmithKline CEO Emma Walmsley for a Dean's Lecture that focused on culture and collaboration. In this newsletter, learn more about Walmsley's leadership as well as the benefits of "iterative innovation," a new drug for people with diabetes, and much more.

  • Dean's Newsletter March 2019

    Stanford Medicine is unlocking AI's potential in biomedicine, and the launch of the human-centered artificial intelligence initiative will further this progress. Learn more about this and read the latest Stanford Medicine news, including the Apple Heart Study's encouraging results, digital enhancements at the new hospital, and a recap of the Dean's Lecture with Richard Besser.

  • Dean's Newsletter February 2019

    In the spirit of American Heart Month, Dean Minor reflected on how Stanford Medicine has redefined cardiovascular for both adults and children. He also shares an update on physician wellness, the story of a toddler who successfully battled a rare eye cancer, an emergency physician who completed an arctic ultramarathon, and other Stanford Medicine news.

  • Dean's Newsletter December 2018

    Though siloes and technological limitations have kept us from realizing medical data's full potential, Dean Minor cites the Stanford Medicine's Health Trends Report to show how that paradigm is beginning to change. He also discusses technology's role in the future of health care, the "nicotine arms race," and other news related to Stanford Medicine.

  • Dean's Newsletter November 2018

    In the season of thanksgiving, Dean Minor expresses gratitude for his family, his health, and his colleagues. He also spotlights the new CEO and President of LPCH and Stanford Children's Health, urges responsibility with human genome editing, and shares other Stanford Medicine news.

  • Dean's Newsletter October 2018

    A highlight of a productive month included Stanford Medicine's first-ever LGBTQ+ Forum, an event designed to raise the visibility of our LGBTQ+ community. In the October Brief, read about this forum, the Stanford Cancer Institute's new director, and all the latest news from Stanford Medicine.

  • Dean's Newsletter September 2018

    Each fall, Stanford Medicine welcomes new students with a ceremony where they don their white coats for the first time in front of loved ones. Read about this diverse class, the future of electronic health records, and the latest Precision Health news.

  • Dean's Newsletter August 2018

    Five years after Stanford Medicine announced a groundbreaking initiative to guarantee four years of funding to every incoming biomedical graduate student, the initiative received a $10 million boost. Read more about this and other news related to Stanford Medicine and Precision Health.

  • Dean's Newsletter July 2018

    This month, Dean Lloyd Minor discusses the exciting potential of virtual reality in medicine, a unique opportunity for teens to explore science, an important new addition to the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, and more.

  • Dean's Newsletter June 2018

    In this edition of The Brief, Dean Lloyd Minor shares why he called on Stanford Medicine’s Class of 2018 to become defenders of science, highlights efforts to transform electronic health records into Precision Health tools, and celebrates two dedicated people who celebrated their 45th Stanford anniversaries. Read more.

  • Commencement

    In his 2018 Commencement address to Stanford University School of Medicine graduates, Dean Lloyd Minor encouraged the students to be passionate advocates for science.

  • Dean's Newsletter May 2018

    In the latest issue of "The Brief," Dean Lloyd Minor writes about high-tech disruptors in health care, the healing power of a strong doctor-patient relationship, training the doctor of the future, and Stanford Health Care doctors’ remarkable efforts to get one cancer patient back on the road to recovery.

  • Dean's Newsletter April 2018

    In the latest issue of “The Brief,” Dean Lloyd Minor argues that the medical community can play an important role defending science in the current national science-skepticism debate, talks well-being with Arianna Huffington, and celebrates with LPCH doctors as a two-time transplant patient celebrates his fourth birthday — at home.

  • Dean's Newsletter March 2018

    In the latest issue of “The Brief,” David Entwistle and Denny Lund join Dean Lloyd Minor to present the Integrated Strategic Plan, the roadmap that will keep Stanford Medicine not just at the forefront of change but as the engine driving progress and promoting health around the world. The plan has three priorities: value focused, digitally driven, and uniquely Stanford.

  • Dean's Newsletter February 2018

    In the latest issue of "The Brief," Dean Lloyd Minor strongly reiterates Stanford’s steadfast support for our undocumented students, highlights two exciting research breakthroughs, and invites all to an upcoming Lecture Series chat with sleep and wellness crusader Arianna Huffington.

  • Dean's Newsletter December 2017

    2017 has been a challenging year in many ways for people around the world, but Dean Minor reflects on how the dedication and compassion of the Stanford Medicine community offers abundant hope for the future. In this issue, he shares the 2017 Holiday Video, news about the opening of the new Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and more.

  • Dean's Newsletter November 2017

    As Dean Minor reflects on the power of empathy in medicine, he expresses his concern for he potentially negative impact of provisions in the U.S. House of Representatives tax proposal on our students. He emphasizes that Stanford Medicine will remain engaged in this process. Elsewhere in this edition, he celebrates the opening of a new gathering place for anyone interested in diversity and inclusion issues, recaps highlights from the State of Stanford Medicine event, and more.

  • Dean's Newsletter October 2017

    Our part of the world has seen immense tragedies recently, from natural disasters in the United States, the Caribbean, and Mexico to the horrific Las Vegas shooting. This month’s Brief contains a message from Stanford Medicine’s leaders providing resources about how we can help those in need. Dean Minor also reaffirms our commitment to diversity by linking to a statement from the School of Medicine Faculty Senate and the Diversity Cabinet’s formal charge.

  • How You Can Help

    As an academic community and practitioners of the healing arts, we at Stanford Medicine care deeply about anyone whose health and well-being is in danger. We’ve listed organizations accepting donations and volunteer services to help the victims of recent tragedies afflicting our area of the globe.

  • Dean's Newsletter September 2017

    A breakthrough study conducted by Stanford Medicine neurologist Michelle Monje and her colleagues sheds light on how cancer can take over the brain’s growth factors. Dean Minor also discusses other ways that Stanford Medicine is making headlines as we begin another academic year.

  • Dean's Newsletter August 2017

    Dean Minor reflects on recent ways that Stanford Medicine has been recognized for excellence, from U.S. News & World Report once again honoring Stanford Health Care as one of the best hospitals in the nation, to a gift that launches the Stanford Center for Cancer Cell Therapy. He also highlights stories of individual lives that make honors like these come to life.

  • Dean's Newsletter July 2017

    Health care’s future depends on the effective harnessing of big data, according to the inaugural Stanford Medicine Health Trends Report, which Dean Minor announces in The Brief. He also discusses the hiring of our first Chief Wellness Officer and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford’s earning top honors in U.S. News & World Report.

  • Commencement

    In his 2017 Commencement address to Stanford University School of Medicine graduates, Dean Lloyd Minor discussed the value of the "under construction" life, urging graduates to embrace setbacks and challenges as opportunities to be transformed.

  • Dean's Newsletter June 2017

    Dean Minor celebrates this year’s graduates and all those who helped them achieve their dreams. Other highlights of the issue include Precision Health advances on display at the Big Data in Biomedicine conference, Professor Karl Deisseroth’s Fresenius Prize, and the Stanford Pediatric and Adolescent Gender Clinic.

  • Dean's Newsletter May 2017

    Many of the articles highlighted in this issue address issues of equity in medicine, including ensuring that individuals of all sexes and genders feel welcome to pursue their dreams to lead in the medical field, that we protect children’s health by preventing cuts to Medicaid, and that we make Precision Health care accessible to everyone.

  • Dean's Newsletter April 2017

    Recent announcements give new meaning to the phrase “spring forward” — from the launch of Project Baseline, a four-year health data study in collaboration with Verily Life Sciences (formerly Google Life Sciences) and Duke University School of Medicine, to Gordon and Betty Moore’s $50 million gift towards pediatric research at the Stanford School of Medicine and patient care at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.

  • Dean's Newsletter March 2017

    From Match Day to the opening of a new Stanford Health Care facility in the East Bay, there are many milestones to celebrate. And as both Stanford Medicine and the University plan for the future, I encourage members of our Stanford community to submit their ideas.

  • The Power of Integration

    March 18, 2016 - As winter gives way to spring, I feel a heightened sense of enthusiasm for our collective vision and a renewed gratitude for the work that you—our faculty, trainees, students, and staff—do every day to improve human health.

  • October Letter from the Dean

    October 27, 2015 - I am once again excited and inspired by the energy I see throughout the Stanford Medicine community. In countless ways, our faculty, students, trainees, and staff continue to improve human health.

  • Update on Diversity and Societal Citizenship

    July 2, 2015 - Like many of you, I am looking forward to the July Fourth weekend, and not just for the fireworks and barbecues. Our national celebration of civil rights and civil liberties will have special meaning this year in light of last week’s historic Supreme Court rulings.

  • Announcing Two New Departments in the School of Medicine

    June 11, 2015 - I am very pleased to announce that on June 10 the Stanford University Board of Trustees approved two new departments within the School of Medicine: Biomedical Data Science and Emergency Medicine.

  • Precision Health Introduction

    June 1, 2015 - We are at a watershed moment in medicine. We have within our grasp the ability to completely change the very nature of health care to one of proactive, predictive and personalized care based upon keeping you healthy instead of just treating you when you are sick. We call this Precision Health.

  • Diversity and Societal Citizenship

    May 6, 2015 - Over the past few weeks, I have been deeply saddened by the tumultuous events in my former hometown. Although Baltimore has, for now, disappeared from the news, the unrest has raised our collective awareness about the state of social justice in America.

  • Guidance for Stanford Medicine Students, Faculty, and Staff on Ebola Crisis

    October 27, 2014 - Stanford Medicine continues to monitor the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa in order to address any potential cases of Ebola on campus and protect the health and safety of our community.

  • September Letter from the Dean

    September 3, 2014 - The start of an academic year is always an exciting time when fresh energy and new faces give us a renewed sense of commitment to the calling that has brought us here.

  • US News Ranking

    March 12, 2014 - Yesterday U.S. News & World Report released its annual rankings of the Best Graduate Schools. The Stanford University School of Medicine was again ranked No. 2 among the Best Medical Schools for Research.

  • March Letter from the Dean

    March 6, 2014 - We are living in the century of biomedicine — a time when new knowledge and technologies have accelerated the potential for preventing, treating, and curing disease. We…

  • November Letter from the Dean

    November 21, 2013 - Now that Stanford University Open Enrollment has come to a close, we in Stanford Medicine are gearing up for the launch of Stanford HealthCare Alliance.

  • September Letter from the Dean

    September 11, 2013 - Several months ago, I shared with you my vision that we at Stanford Medicine will lead the biomedical revolution.

  • June Letter from the Dean

    June 14, 2013 - I have come to believe even more firmly that we at Stanford Medicine are unique in our commitment to excellence, innovation, and collaboration.

  • US News Ranking

    March 12, 2013 - As you may know, today U.S. News and World Report released its annual rankings of the Best Graduate Schools. The Stanford University School of Medicine was ranked No. 2 among the Best Medical Schools for Research.

Updates from Past Deans

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