US News & World Report Ranking

March 12, 2013

Dear Stanford Medicine Community:

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.

Though we all know that external rankings offer just one perspective, today’s news provides an opportunity—or perhaps, an excuse—for me to express my appreciation and for us as an institution to reflect on just how far we’ve come.

To do this, of course, begins with recognition of the outstanding leadership of my predecessor. During his nearly 12 years as dean, Phil Pizzo rebuilt the identity and mission of the school of medicine in the wake of the painful merger and demerger with UCSF. In so doing, Phil significantly contributed to school’s collaborative and interdisciplinary culture by forging closer connections with the university and with the hospitals.

Which brings me to my colleagues, Amir Rubin, CEO of Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and Chris Dawes, CEO of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Any success that we as school experience is shared jointly with the hospitals. It is my privilege to be able to work with such wonderful partners in the shared mission of Stanford Medicine.

Today’s news, though, is really about you—our faculty, students, and staff. Stanford Medicine is such a special place because of you, and I most grateful for all that you do: transforming medicine day-by-day, discovery-by-discovery, patient-by-patient, and cure-by-cure.

In the months and years ahead, we will continue moving forward—focused on advancing innovation, empowering future leaders, and transforming patient care. Each day offers new hope and new possibilities, and I cannot wait to see what we might accomplish together.


Lloyd B. Minor, MD

Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Dean of the School of Medicine
Professor of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Professor of Bioengineering and of Neurobiology, by courtesy