2017 Annual Report

We’re happy to share the 2017 Department of Medicine Annual Report with you. The underlying theme this year is collaboration, and the publication is full of stories that show synergy at play in our research, when treating patients, with our trainees, overseas and at home, here in Palo Alto. Learn more

Grand Rounds

January 18 @ 8:00-9:00 am

With David Eagleman

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and a New York Times bestselling author. He heads the Center for Science and Law, a national non-profit institute, and serves as an adjunct professor at Stanford University. He is best known for his work on sensory substitution, time perception, brain plasticity, synesthesia, and neurolaw.

Latest News

Stanford researchers explore legacy of Tuskegee syphilis study today

Researchers have found that the disclosure of the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study in 1972 is correlated with increases in medical mistrust and mortality among African-American men. Their subsequent Oakland project seeks to better understand African-American wariness of medicine and health care providers.

Researchers announce master plan for better science

Nature Publishing Group has launched a new journal and its inaugural issue includes a “manifesto for reproducible science” co-authored by Stanford Medicine’s John Ioannidis.

Gernot Kaber is our Employee of the Month

Gernot Kaber says, “Whatever machine, animal model or resource is needed for a project, it can be found somewhere [at Stanford]!” As a basic life research scientist in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Gernot would know.

Keeping Zika out of the nation’s blood supply

When the Zika crisis erupted last year, U.S. blood bank officials began to worry: What if the virus were to infiltrate the blood supply, as HIV, hepatitis C and other dangerous pathogens have done in the past?

Cultural makeover in cancer research needed, Dean’s Lecture Series speaker argues

Clifton Leaf, deputy editor at Fortune magazine, called for a cultural makeover of academic medicine as he spoke on campus as part of the Dean’s Lecture Series this week.

The Entrepreneur: Connie Chen

Second-year resident Connie Chen, MD, comes from a family of physicians, including both of her parents, maternal grandparents, and countless aunts, uncles and cousins.

Stanford Cardiovascular Institute welcomes Hana Lee as Associate Director

Hana Lee joins Stanford Cardiovascular Medicine as the new Associate Director.

Upcoming Grand Rounds

January 25 @ 8:00-9:00 am

With Fernando Mendoza

Medicine Grand Rounds

February 1 @ 8:00-9:00 am

With Nigam Shah

Medicine Grand Rounds

Department Events

January 17 @ 4:30-6:00 pm

Palliative Care Section Meeting

January 18 @ 9:00-5:00 pm

"Pathway from Research to Impact"

Stanford Global Health Research Convening

January 19 @ 8:00-9:00 am

Coronary Artery Anomalies – Overview of Diagnosis and Management

Cardiology Grand Rounds

January 19 @ 12:00-1:00 pm

A Deep Learning Framework to Predict Survival from Medical Images of Lung Cancer Patients

BMIR Research in Progress

January 19 @ 2:00-3:00 pm

Health Information Exchange as a Driver of Improved Population Health

Center for Population Health Sciences Seminar Series

January 20 @ 7:00-8:00 am

HBV Natural History and Treatment

Fellows Didactic Lecture

Funding and Fellowship Opportunities

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.

Proposals are being accepted now through February 3 for Stanford Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Pilot Projects. Applicants may request up to $50K in direct costs for a one-year duration project under this program. The Center plans to fund two projects. Any Stanford faculty with PI Eligibility may apply. Proposals should describe innovative basic, clinical, behavioral, translational, or epidemiologic research likely to advance an understanding of the basic and clinical underpinnings of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders (including Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body disease); aid in prevention or treatment; or enhance caregiving, community outreach and education. Programmatic questions should be directed to Dr. Tony Wyss-Coray, chair of the Pilot Project Review Committee (, administrative questions to Nusha Askari (, Senior Administrator of the ADRC. Learn more.

Applications for the Coulter Translational Grant Program are due February 15. The program provides $100,000 grants for translational projects in medical devices, diagnostics, mobile health and biotechnology, with desirable outcomes including commercial products, licenses and start-up companies. 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.

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.

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 President Marc Tessier-Lavigne’s letter to the Stanford community. Learn more.

The MyHeart Counts cardiovascular study made JAMA Cardiology’s ‘Most Talked About Articles of 2016’ list. Learn more.

Read the January issue of the Cardinal at Work Insider. Learn more.

Leslee Subak, MD, a renowned professor and leader at the University of California, San Francisco, has been named the next chair of the Stanford University School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Learn more.

The 3rd Annual Stanford Global Health Research Convening will be held on January 18. The convening is a one-day symposium bringing together students, faculty and researchers across Stanford University who are working in global health. The even is designed to build community among researchers across schools disciplines, highlight and share the many facets of global health research on campus, and connect students with researchers and mentors. This year’s theme focuses on "Pathway from Research to Impact" and will feature a keynote presentation from Diana Chapman Walsh, PhD, President Emerita of Wellesley College and Senior Adviser to the Center for Innovation in Global Health, as well as 11 oral presentations and over 50 poster presentations by Stanford University faculty and students, and networking opportunities. Learn more.

The Office of Academic Affairs will host a Faculty Workshop entitled “Explanation of Stanford Benefits” on January 30. Learn more.

The faculty meeting scheduled for March 6 at 8:30 a.m. will change. We will announce a new date soon.

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.

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).

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are now accepting applications for their Ten Day Seminar July 23-August 4. The Seminar is a unique program for physicians, researchers, public health practitioners, nurses, and other healthcare professionals designed to provide training in new areas of investigation and application of new methods related to the promotion of cardiovascular health and prevention of heart disease and stroke, including descriptive epidemiology, quality of care and outcomes research, genetic epidemiology, policy, and environmental approaches to health. Learn more.

In the News

"Scientists have outlined an 8-page plan to fix what’s wrong with science" - Scientists have written a plan for the improvement of transparency and reproducibility in research. Senior author John Ioannidis is quoted.

Science Alert

"" - Christopher Gardner comments on changing relationship to fat and cholesterol.

San Francisco Chronicle

"Having end-of-life conversations before it’s too late" - VJ Periyakoil discusses end-of-life care and decisions.


"Stanford’s mHealth app gets a precision medicine upgrade" - This article discusses the launch of MyHeart Counts 2. Euan Ashley and Abby King provide comment.

mHealth Intelligence

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