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Notes from the Chair

As Stanford Medicine takes its place as a preeminent leader in Precision Health, I am excited to share information with you about a new program within the Department of Medicine.

In speaking with the faculty, I’ve learned that many of you have a strong interest in incorporating digital health in your research and clinical programs. To address this need, we are launching a new Department of Medicine Center for Digital Health under the leadership of Dr. Sumbul Desai (clinical assistant professor, General Internal Medicine) and Dr. Mintu Turakhia (assistant professor, Cardiovascular Medicine).

The Center will provide an integrated set of resources, including leadership, guidance, and infrastructure, to Department of Medicine faculty who want to engage in research and development, clinical implementation, and education in digital health. The Center will also promote and connect faculty experts to external stakeholders with the goal of enabling rich collaborations. And the program will provide educational and training opportunities for Department residents, fellows, and trainees. To ensure that we maximize synergy and alignment, we have assembled a broad advisory group across University stakeholders in innovation, informatics, mobile health, big data, and precision medicine.

The faculty leaders are well suited to their new role. Mintu Turakhia, a cardiologist and Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at the VA, will lead research for the Center. Mintu has developed a successful, multidisciplinary, high-impact program in arrhythmia outcomes research. In partnership with Dr. Ken Mahaffey and the Stanford Center for Clinical Research (SCCR), Mintu has developed the core infrastructure required for digital health research as a result of his recent work in digital health trials in atrial fibrillation. Under Ken’s leadership, the SCCR has been highly successful in advancing innovative clinical research, in the process establishing a strong foundation upon which to advance the new Center’s research portfolio.

Sumbul Desai, a hospitalist and Vice Chair for Strategy and Innovation in the Department of Medicine, will lead strategy and will work with external partners to implement initiatives for the Center. Sumbul has rapidly developed and implemented digital health clinical programs, including ClickWell®, a primary care telehealth program. Sumbul also leads the Pathway of Distinction in Innovation for the Internal Medicine Residency program. She will partner with Mintu to build out education opportunities for faculty, housestaff, and medical students in the digital health space.

Dr. Lauren Cheung (clinical instructor, General Medical Disciplines) will work with Sumbul and Mintu to coordinate efforts across these areas with a focus on building strategic external relationships, faculty connections, and educational opportunities.

At its most basic, the new Center is designed to be our internal go-to resource to help faculty members’ ideas regarding digital health become reality. It is important to emphasize that this program complements other initiatives and programs in the Department, School, and University. We look forward to hearing how to best serve your needs.

This week's grand rounds

November 11 @ 8:00-9:00 am

Responding to Emerging Respiratory Viral Threats

Frederick G. Hayden, MD, is Richardson Professor of Clinical Virology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Our Latest News

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Byerwalter to serve as interim president and CEO of Stanford Health Care

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Photos from the 2015 Cardiovascular Institute Research Symposium

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Upcoming Grand Rounds

November 18 @ 8:00-9:00 am

Making and Breaking Immune Tolerance in Asthma and Allergies

Dr. Kari Nadeau is one of the nation’s foremost experts in adult and pediatric allergy. Her medical research and clinical practice, in addition to her accomplishments in drug development in the biotech industry, have given her the tools to manage the complex web of asthma and allergy research.

December 2 @ 8:00-9:00 am

Mindsight in Medicine: An Interpersonal Neurobiology View of Empathy in Clinical Care

Daniel J. Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry.

Department Events

November 10 @ 8:00-9:00 am

Advances in Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer

Cancer Education Seminar

November 10 @ 8:00-9:00 am

Febrile Neutropenia

Infectious Diseases Lecture Series

November 11 @ 1:00-2:00 pm

With Nicholas Juul and Katrina Alyana Ali

PCCM Joint Chest Conference

November 11 @ 4:00-5:00 pm

Prevalence and Characteristics of Physicians Prone to Malpractice Claims

Research in Progress

November 11 @ 5:00-6:00 pm

The Emotional Side of Diabetes – Implications for Clinical Care

Endocrine Grand Rounds

November 11 @ 5:30-6:30 pm

Master of Science in Community Health and Prevention Research

Stanford Prevention Research Center Information Session

November 12 @ 4:00-5:00 pm

Adventures in Tropical Infectious Diseases—From Patients and Populations to Microbial Genomics and Systems Immunology

Infectious Diseases Grand Rounds

November 13 @ 7:00-8:00 am

Liver Disease in the ICU

PCCM Didactic Lecture

November 13 @ 7:00-8:00 am

Cystic Lesions of the Pancreas

Fellows Didactic Lecture

November 13 @ 1:00-2:00 pm

Differentiating Stem Cells Towards Lung Identity

PCCM Grand Rounds

Funding and Fellowship Opportunities
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In the News

“Welcome to the cloud hospital, where big data takes on mysterious medical conditions” - This story highlights the Undiagnosed Disease Network, a partnership between the National Institutes of Health and six institutions, including Stanford.

Fast Company

“My memorable meal/ A poor man’s guest in Addis Ababa” - Abraham Verghese shares a story of a meal he had as a child living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

New York Times Magazine

“Big data: The power of petabytes” - Institutions are broadly searching genomes to find the mutations involve din rare diseases. Russ Altman is quoted.

“Mobile data: Made to measure” - This article examines how Stanford and other institutions are using mobile data to empower population-wide studies. MyHeart Counts is referenced, and Euan Ashley is quoted.

“The case of the man whose cancer came from a tapeworm” - Researchers discovered a man’s tumor originally stemmed from a tapeworm. David Relman is quoted.

Toronto Star

“Beware safety risks posed by ‘off-label’ drug use” - Randall Stafford comments on a new McGill University study that raises concerns about 'off-label’ drug use.

“Human-animal chimeras: Stanford scientists condemn funding ban” - Seven Stanford researchers have joined with four other scientists to urge the lifting of the recent NIH funding ban on chimeric research. Sean Wu and Hank Greely are quoted.

San Jose Mercury News

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