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March 30, 2015

Colleagues: Read on for the latest news and events, and keep up to date on all things DoM via Twitter, Facebook, and our website.

Chair's Notes

As we continue to expand and refine communication efforts in the department, it is clear that all of us appreciate receiving and consuming information in different formats. The revised website has been well received and is now an important source of regularly updated content describing the many activities happening across our three mission areas of clinical care, research, and education. It’s been fun (and informative) to follow the Twitter feed on our homepage and great to see additional faculty joining the ranks of Tweeps or Twitterers. In an effort to keep faculty, staff, and trainees current with department activities, I will contribute an occasional “Chair’s Notes” where I will reflect on things that strike me as important, interesting, or maybe even both.

Three recent events struck me as worthy of comment as they all reflect the excellence of the department’s faculty, staff, and trainees.

First, I attended the annual primary care retreat this past Saturday. Kudos to Sang Chang for putting together an outstanding program for the day. SHC’s COO, James Hereford, provided the keynote address and reminded all of us of the importance of team care in modern health care delivery. It was inspiring to see such a large group of engaged department members brainstorming on a Saturday as to how best to deliver a variety of models of primary care to our patients. I was especially pleased to see both residents and medical students participating in the retreat activities.

On Friday March 20, Sam Gambhir, Chair of the Department of Radiology, and Medicine’s Ken Mahaffey, Vice Chair for Clinical Research, hosted a School of Medicine Town Hall on a new collaborative research project among Stanford, Duke University, and Google, called the Baseline Study. This is a groundbreaking project that will attempt to reclassify health and disease, specifically cancer and cardiovascular disease, among 10,000 participants who will be enrolled into a longitudinal research study ( Opportunities abound for Stanford investigators to participate in the study, including in project committees and in requesting access to data once the study is underway. Lots more to come on this project!

Finally, Friday March 20 also marked the day of the annual residency Match (“Match Day”). We have a fantastic housestaff training program directed by Ron Witteles and supported by an outstanding group of associate program directors. Once again, Ron and his team successfully recruited a truly superb group of 50 interns into our training program, with 35 being in the categorical medicine training program, 2 in the global health track, 3 in the combined medicine-anesthesia program, and 10 in the preliminary intern programs (2 in neurology and 8 in anesthesia). They represent top medical schools from across all regions of the country and were the very best at those medical schools. They have diverse interests, and more than 20% have earned another advanced degree beyond their expected MD. Four of them prospectively entered our clinician investigator program. Special thanks to all the faculty core interviewers who handled more than 44% of the student interviews during a very busy series of interview days. The success of our residency program is directly attributable to all of our dedicated and committed faculty, staff, and trainees. Thanks to all for the work on this. We now look forward to welcoming the next class of Stanford medicine residents!

Best wishes,


Latest News
Abraham Verghese gave the Simon Dack Lecture at the 2015 Annual Sessions of the American College of Cardiology.

Global collaboration leads to discovery of insulin-resistance mutation.

New global cancer map aims to improve care in developing countries.

Bob Harrington reflects on the recent American College of Cardiology meetings in San Diego.

Grand Rounds
April 1: First Hal Holman Symposium: Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing? View event »
April 8: Second Annual Karl G. Blume Memorial Lecture: Development of a CMV Vaccine as an Antiviral and Anti-Leukemia Therapy. View event »
April 15: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: Advances and Opportunities. View event »

Department Events
GI Research Conference: Emerging Roles of Neuromedin U Signaling in Gastrointestinal Physiology and Human Diseases. View event »
Cancer Education Seminar: Colorectal Tumor Growth and Progression. View event »
Infectious Diseases Lecture Series: Hepatitis C. View event »
Hematology/BMT Tuesday Seminars: Journal Club. View event »
Frontiers in Cardiovascular Science: How to Discover Medicines. View event »
Hematology/BMT Didactic Seminar: Hemepath. View event »
Research in Progress: Diet Quality, Child Health, and Food Policies in Developing Countries. View event »
Endocrine Grand Rounds: TBD and what Fukushima is Facing Right Now—Iodine Radiation Exposure and Thyroid Cancer. View event »
Hack Visiting Lecture Series: Familial Colorectal Cancer. View event »
Fellows Didactic Lecture: Drug Induced Liver Injury. View event »
PCCM Grand Rounds: Patient Well—Being in the ICU and Beyond. View event »

Calvin Kuo has been appointed vice chair of basic and translational research for the Department of Medicine. A professor of hematology and chemical and systems biology, Kuo has also served as the co-lead of Stanford’s Cancer Biology Program since 2002.
WSDM and Women’s Heart Health at Stanford will co-host the Annual Meeting of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences from April 21-23. More information
Investigators and research staff: The Stanford Center for Clinical Research and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences will host a Clinical Research Education Session on April 30, from 9am-12:30pm. The session will cover informed consent, ALCOA, and implications of GCP issues. Attendance is limited and registration is required. More information

In the News
The on Medscape: "ACA Insider Interview: Bob Kocher"
In the latest installment of the Bob Harrington Show, Bob interviews Dr. Bob Kocher about the Affordable Care Act.
San Francisco Business Times: "Cancer map looks for global matches for research care"
The Global Cancer Project Map — sponsored by the nonprofit Global Oncology — includes more than 800 research projects on six continents with the goal of spurring collaboration. Ami Bhatt, assistant professor of medicine and genetics, is a co-founder of the organization.
Scope: "Health-care policy expert Arnold Milstein weighs in on Medicare’s plan to prioritize value over volume"
Arnold Milstein joined a panel of experts to discuss changes to Medicare. "Leukemia cells become harmless immune cells before scientists’ eyes, could lead to better treatment"
Stanford researchers were able to transform leukemia cells into harmless immune cells. Senior author Ravi Majeti is quoted. "This is why you shouldn’t believe that exciting new medical study"
This article looks at the biases, contradictions, and flaws of medical studies. The work of John Ioannidis is referenced.
Scope: "Research in medical school: The need to align incentives with value"
In this blog post, second-year medical student Akhilesh Pathipati discusses that although there is an emphasis on research in medical training, other dimensions of medicine are important too. He references the work of John Ioannidis.
Nightline (ABC): "Inside Apple’s top secret health lab"
Apple’s ResearchKit and Stanford’s MyHeart Counts iPhone app were highlighted in this segment. Michael McConnell was featured.
MedPageToday: "HSCT patients face higher fracture risk"
Ginna Laport comments on a new study from the MD Anderson Cancer Center, which found that patients undergoing hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation face higher fracture risk.
Inside Stanford Medicine: "Medical students open envelopes and glimpse their futures"
This story highlights Match Day at Stanford.
The Health Report (ABC Australia): "Responsible data-sharing for clinical trials"
This podcast discussed an Institute of Medicine study that is developing guiding principles for the responsible sharing of clinical trial data. Steve Goodman was interviewed.
Scope: "Angelina Jolie Pitt’s New York Times essay praised by Stanford cancer expert"
Allison Kurian comments on Jolie Pitt’s decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to prevent ovarian cancer.
New York Times: "Company thinks it has the answer for lower health costs: Customer service"
Preventative care may be a way to reduce health-care costs. Arnold Milstein is quoted.
Medscape: "Surrogate marker has to suffice for rare disease"
Roham Zamanian is quoted in this article, which discusses an FDA decision that forced vital capacity is an acceptable endpoint to approve new drugs to treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

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