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This week's grand rounds

January 27 @ 8:00-9:00 am

Kidney Transplants: Worth $1.3 Million Each, Who Wins The Lottery?

Philip J. Held, Ph.D., has a notable record as a builder and nourisher of medical research projects and organizations. Under Dr. Held’s tenure as Principal Investigator, the United States Renal Data System (USRDS) was founded and operated successfully for 9 years.

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Making Bone Marrow Transplantation Safe

Bone marrow transplantation is so dangerous and so toxic that it is reserved for people with life-threatening diseases.

Chemotherapy may benefit subgroup of stage-2 colon cancer patients

A small subset of colon cancers lacks the CDX2 protein — a hallmark of colon tissue maturation. Patients with these cancers may benefit more than others from chemotherapy.

Mark your calendars for a Google+ Hangout with Stanford's Internal Medicine Residency program on January 28 at 1 pm

The Stanford Internal Medicine Leadership and residents will be hosting a live online discussion about our program on Google Hangouts. Join us online and ask questions!

New perspective: Potential multiple sclerosis drug is actually old (and safe and cheap)

About 400,000 people in the United States are affected by multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disorder in which rogue immune cells attack the insulating layer surrounding many nerve cells in the central nervous system.

For some African Americans, light smokers may not have lower lung cancer risk than heavy ones

Although the relationship between smoking and lung cancer has been established beyond any doubt, it’s still difficult to know how a patient’s ethnicity might play into risk assessment.

Q&A with Mariann Byerwalter, interim president and CEO of Stanford Health Care

Recently named interim president and CEO of Stanford Health Care, Mariann Byerwalter talks about why this is a particularly exciting time for SHC as it builds a new hospital and pursues innovative breakthroughs that improve people's lives.

Clinical and research highlights from the Stanford CVI Winter Quarterly

The American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions is among the leading cardiovascular conferences for basic, translational, clinical and population science.

New from the Stanford 25 blog: Can you diagnose this rare skin condition?

A 49 year-old obese man with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis and cirrhosis, complicated by hepatorenal syndrome not on dialysis, was admitted for expedited liver transplant workup.

Faculty members appointed to endowed professorships

Steven Artandi, Linda Boxer, Anne Brunet, Thomas Clandinin, Leonore Herzenberg and Joseph Wu have been appointed to endowed professorships at the School of Medicine.

End-of-life discussions the focus of PBS piece

For many, end-of-life discussions are either unpleasant, brief, or unlikely to happen at all.

Watch Christine Seidman’s Grand Rounds talk, “Secrets in the Sequence of Heart Disease.”

Upcoming Grand Rounds

February 3 @ 8:00-9:00 am

Wisdom of the Crowd or Tyranny of the Mob?

Jonathan Chen is an instructor in the Stanford Department of Medicine. His research interests focus on data-mining electronic medical records for insights to inform medical decision making.

February 10 @ 8:00-9:00 am

Engaging Patients as Partners: Effective Behaviors for Busy Clinicians

David S. Sobel, MD, MPH is Director of Patient Education and Health Promotion for The Permanente Medical Group and Kaiser Permanente Northern California which serves over 3 million members.

Department Events

January 26 @ 8:00-9:00 am

ASH 2015 Lymphoma Highlights

Cancer Education Seminar

January 26 @ 12:00-1:00 pm

Low Dose Radiation from Cardiovascular Imaging—What’s all the Hype about?

Frontiers in Cardiovascular Science

January 27 @ 1:00-2:00 pm

Morbidity and Mortality

PCCM Clinical Conference

January 29 @ 7:00-8:00 am

GI Radiology – IR including TIPS, TACE, and GI bleeding IR

Fellows Didactic Lecture

January 29 @ 7:00-8:00 am

Didactic Lecture


January 29 @ 1:00-2:00 pm

Proteomic Risk Prediction Model in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

PCCM Grand Rounds

Funding and Fellowship Opportunities
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In the News

“Keeping Dr. Paul Kalanithi’s voice alive” - The New York Times interviews Lucy Kalanithi about losing her husband and working through grief to publish his memoir.

New York Times

“Do you have muscle pain while taking a statin drug?” - In rare cases, muscle aches can signal serious problems in patients taking statins. Mark Hlatky is quoted.

“Doctors get less aggressive care before death” - A new study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that doctors get less aggressive care before death. VJ Periyakoil provides comment.


“Identifying colon cancer patients who may need more than surgery” - A protein called CDX2 is helping researchers predict if colon cancer will respond well to chemotherapy. Senior author Michael Clarke is quoted.

HealthDay News

“CDC: At-risk youths skip out on HIV testing” - A new survey found that only a third of young adults have been tested for HIV. Yvonne Maldonado is quoted.

MedPage Today

“Why the patient-physician relationship is central for medicine” - Abraham Verghese discusses the importance of prioritizing patients despite the need to spend time on the computer as a physician.

American Medical Association Wire

“Experts hope Glenn Frey death doesn’t deter RA sufferers from seeking treatment” - After Glenn Frey's death, experts including Mark Genovese discuss risks and benefits of arthritis medications.


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