Message from the Chair

As we near the end of 2016, it’s good to recall the many good things that occurred in the Department of Medicine this year. We have an impressive group of trainees who are already making us proud with their excellent clinical care, innovative research projects and a deep commitment to education. We have made discoveries in our research programs that will change the progression of diseases that currently elude our best efforts to cure them. We have continued to expand and innovate in ways that improve the lives of the patients in our clinics and hospitals. All of the good work that we have done together as a faculty, group of trainees and staff, and the time that it has required, probably means that other parts of our lives have been shortchanged. Some well-deserved time off gives us the chance to find the balance between work and life that we sometimes speak about, often pursue and rarely achieve. This is a good time for rest and reflection, for enjoying family and friends, for recharging batteries. I hope you will do all of that, and I wish you and yours best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season. I look forward to seeing you in the new year. Lots to do in 2017!


Grand Rounds

Medicine Grand Rounds will resume in 2017

Latest News

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Stanford provides its residents with unmatched clinical and research opportunities. But it’s what the residents themselves bring to Stanford – energy, curiosity, passion – that makes our program so vibrant.

Smartphones could be game-changing tool for cardiovascular research, study shows

Stanford researchers say that data collected through MyHeart Counts, a heart-health study in which participants transmit information through an app, demonstrates the potential of smartphones to transform the measurement of physical activity and fitness for clinical research.

NIH awards $26.4 million to Stanford researchers for physical activity study

The medical school professors were awarded the grants as part of a large-scale National Institutes of Health program to study the biology of how physical activity improves health.

FDA Commissioner urges universities to help unlock access to biomedical data

Robert Califf discusses the issue that has taken him on a nationwide “college tour,” with Stanford as its last stop: what to do with the so-called “knowledge reservoir” of data held by the FDA as well as by health-care organizations and universities.

Blood test could provide cheaper, better way for doctors to manage lung cancer

A technique developed at Stanford for detecting the genetic profiles of tumor cells sifted from the bloodstream could offer a valuable tool for the clinic and the lab.

Medicare post-election

A Q&A with Stanford's Kate Bundorf and Jay Bhattacharya about the future of Medicare and Medicaid

On research, caviar consumption, and wealth: A Stanford scientist investigates

Huitfeldt explores the problem in the British Medical Journal‘s Christmas issue — a lighthearted collection of articles that address important scientific concepts. His piece, “Is caviar a risk factor for being a millionaire“, examines how the term ‘risk factor’ can have at least four distinct meanings in scientific literature.

Stanford team helps patient who is “unique in the world”

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Research transparency depends on sharing computational tools, says John Ioannidis

A team of scientists including Stanford’s John Ioannidis, MD, DSc, has proposed a set of principles to improve the transparency and reproducibility of computational methods used in all areas of research.

Department Events

December 20 @ 8:00-9:00 am

Overcoming drug resistance and tumor heterogeneity in GI Cancers

Cancer Education Seminar

Funding and Fellowship Opportunities

Fellows, visiting scholars and research affiliates: Applications are now being accepted for the CASBS summer institute, which will be held July 10-21. The institute offers n all-expenses paid dive into the study of organizations and their effectiveness. Bob Gibbons of MIT and Woody Powell from Stanford will lead the program. Applications are due January 9. For more information email Sarah Wert at, or visit the CASBS website. Learn more.

The Realizing Environmental Innovation Program (REIP) program of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment is accepting letters of intent for the 2017 grant cycle. REIP is a source for next-stage funding to advance existing interdisciplinary environmental research projects toward solutions that can be implemented by external stakeholders and partners. Letters of intent must be submitted by January 9. Learn more.

Spectrum Child Health is accepting proposals through February 1 for their Stanford Child Health Research Institute Clinical Trainee Awards. The awards support MD or MD/PhD fellows for up to 100% salary for up to two years. Applicants must Demonstrate a commitment to an investigative career in obstetrics, pediatrics, pediatric subspecialty or subspecialty primarily focused on child health (e.g., pediatric surgery). Learn more.

Applications are being accepted through March 1 for Spectrum’s KL2/TL1 Training Awards. The awards are career mentored training awards for junior faculty, fellows, residents, medical and doctoral students providing both tuition and salary support with an emphasis on education and training in clinical and translational research. The KL2 Program is especially designed for senior fellows and junior faculty, and provides complete tuition support and partial salary support (75%) for a period of 2 years. The TL1 Program would serve your pre-doctoral and post-doctoral awardees who seek formal training in CTR-related methods. The TL award provides limited tuition and the potential for full stipend support for one year (depending on pre or post-doctoral status), and requires full-time research or study. Learn more.

The Division of Geriatrics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine seeks candidates for associate or full professor positions in either the non-tenure clinician-educator track or the tenure track. Applications must have an MD or MD/PhD and have completed geriatric medicine training. Learn more.

Himalayan Health Exchange will organize several medical/dental camps in the remote Trans- Himalayan regions of north India and Indo-Tibetan Borderlands in 2017. Participation is open to physicians, residents, dentists, nurses, and pharmacists, as well as dental, public health, and nursing students. Each camp is designed to provide care to approximately 1,500 underserved patients and an opportunity for international health exposure to participants. Student and resident participation is limited to 30 on each trip. For schedule and details, email Learn more.

Applications are now open for Stanford’s Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC) design fellowship. CERC is seeking early-career aspiring innovators from diverse backgrounds who have the potential to become leaders in the design of higher value health care. Fellows will work in multi-disciplinary teams to design new care models. Admissions are accepted on a rolling basis; and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. For further information contact Dominic Boccaccio at Learn more.

RNA Therapeutics Institute at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is now seeking MD and MD/PhD applications for a tenure-track, physician-scientist faculty position. Successful candidates will conduct innovative research to understand normal physiology and development, investigate disease mechanisms or develop novel diagnostics or therapies. Learn more.

Applications are now open for the Presence-Biomedical Ontology Fellowship. The Presence-Biomedical Ontology Fellow will work under the guidance of Mark Musen and Abraham Verghese to research and define a framework for the ontology of the psychosocial aspects of healthcare and disease prevention. Learn more.

Announcements »

View the latest issue of the Spectrum Clinical Research newsletter. Learn more.

An adverse patient event can have a powerful negative effect on physicians. Learn more about Stanford’s anonymous and confidential Physician Peer Support Program. Learn more.

The Stanford Research Development Office (SRDO) offers additional resources for School of Medicine faculty applying for grants. Its priorities for grants include: large center or program project grants, grants on topics aligned with the Dean’s initiatives, and junior faculty applying for their first major research grants. SRDO’s services include identification of funding opportunities, editing of proposals, project management, interfacing with sponsors and university central offices, and promoting collaborations. To learn more, contact SRDO Director Michael K. Helms (, 650-723-4526) or Grand Development Officer Sandra Holden (, 650-723-4526).

We're hiring! The DoM is looking for an executive assistant to our chair. Check out the detailed job description and desired qualifications here. (And please pass the announcement along to those who may have interest!) Learn more.

Interested in joining the Employee Recognition Committee? If so, contact your Division Manager or email Committee responsibilities include: planning employee engagement activities, reviewing nominations for employee of the month, and attending employee of the month presentations.

Winter closure is scheduled for December 21 through January 3. Cardinal at Work has compiled a checklist of recommended actions to complete before/after break. Learn more.

Faculty members from both Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Medicine have combined their research and strategic insights into a rigorous, relevant and experiential curriculum, which they'll deliver over the course of a week in March. Learn more about "The Innovative Health Care Leader" here.

In the News

"Test predicting Alzheimer’s would be welcome, survey finds" - A Stanford study found that most American seniors would be interested in taking a test that would inform them if they were at risk for Alzheimer’s. Lead author Meera Sheffrin is quoted.

U.S. News & World Report

Additional coverage:
"Majority of surveyed older adults would take a free test to predict Alzheimer’s"

Alzheimer’s News Today

"Would you take a free predictive test for Alzheimer’s disease?"

Bioscience Technology

"Smartphones may change cardiovascular research: Study" - Data collected through MyHeart Counts demonstrates the potential of smartphones to transform the measurement of physical activity and fitness for research. Euan Ashley, Anna Scherbina, and Michael McConnell are quoted.

United Press International

Additional coverage:
"iPhone apps could be a revolution in health – if people use them"

BuzzFeed News

"Smartphones could be a powerful tool for cardiovascular research"

Fast Company

"Lung cancer treatment: Cheap blood test can diagnose cancer tumor spread in hours" - A new technique developed by Stanford researchers that detects the genetic profiles of tumor cells in the bloodstream could help manage lung cancer. Viswam Nair, a senior author, is highlighted.

Express (UK)

"Some people who get Ebola don’t show symptoms: Study" - Researchers have identified people who were infected with the Ebola virus but didn’t report being sick. Lead author Gene Richardson is quoted.


"EHR data helpful in identifying positive drug combinations" - Research indicates two drug combinations may increase the average survival rate in breast cancer patients. Nigam Shah and Allison Kurian are featured.

EHR Intelligence

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