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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Taking an interest in both the arts and the sciences is beneficial for both physicians and patients, as well as entire communities. In the February issue, I discuss this concept as well as recent discoveries such as the “lab on a chip”, Center for Definitive and Curative Medicine therapies, and more.
As we begin the year amidst uncertainty and transitions for our nation, I feel buoyed by our community's support of open dialogue and compassion for people of all backgrounds. Because of the innovative risks and collaborative work I see here every day, I believe 2017 will be one of our strongest yet.
- Updates from Past Deans
- Associate Dean Dan Bernstein
- Stanford Medicine Health Trends
- Becky Blankenburg, MD, Named Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education
- Anita Honkanen, MD, Named Associate Dean for Wellness and Student Life Advising
- Allen Metzenberg, MBA, Named Associate Dean and Chief Financial Officer for Stanford School of Medicine
- Latishya Steele, PhD, Named Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Diversity
- Associate Dean Dan Bernstein
- Associate Dean PJ Utz
- Brian Bateman, MD, Named Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
- Bryant Lin, MD, Named Director of Medical Humanities and Arts
- Daryl A. Oakes, MD, Named Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education
- Doug Owens, MD, Named Inaugural Chair of the Department of Health Policy
- Felipe Perez, MD, Named Inaugural Assistant Dean for Diversity in Undergraduate Medical Education
- Interim Appointments for Stanford Cancer Center
- Josh Makower, MD, Named Director of the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign
- Kevin B. Moody, Named Associate Dean for Human Resources
- Lahia Yemane, MD, Named Inaugural Assistant Dean for Diversity in Graduate Medical Education
- Mark Cullen, MD, Named Sr. Associate Vice Provost for the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research
- Melissa Bondy, PhD, Named Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health
- Ronald Dalman, MD, Named Associate Dean for Market Development
- Susan Knox, MD, PhD, Named Associate Dean for Academic Advising
- Tanja Gruber, MD, PhD, Named Director of Bass Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
- Yasmin Owusu, MD, Named Assistant Dean for Academic Advising
- Denise Monack, PhD, Named Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology
- Garry Gold, MD, Named Chair of the Department of Radiology
- Ravi Majeti, MD, PhD, Named Director of the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
- Joyce Sackey, MD, Named Inaugural Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
- Leadership Update: Chair of Department of Bioengineering
- Rondeep Brar, MD, Named Medical Director for Cancer DSL & SCI’s Assoc. Director for Clinical Care
- Antonio Omuro