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Grand Rounds

March 1 @ 8:00-9:00 am

New Concepts Regarding Clinical Uses of Testosterone

Randall Urban, MD

Latest News

How “medically superfluous” factors help patients heal

An article in the BMJ1 written by three members of the Stanford community argues that doctors’ influence on their patients is affected by two factors that most doctors don’t take into consideration: patients’ mindset and the social context. After defining and describing these factors, the authors offer “recommendations for research, education, and health systems.”

Researchers receive Synergy Award Funding from Kenneth Rainin Foundation

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation has awarded $750,000 for collaborative research projects on inflammatory bowel disease. It designated $200,000 of that amount for Aida Habtezion and Sidhartha Sinha’s project: Secondary Bile Acids Modulate Intestinal Inflammation.

Stanford shines at STFM conference on medical student education

Stanford faculty and residents recently attended STFM's annual conference on medical student education.

• View the winter edition of Stanford Medicine Magazine: Medicine and the Muse

Healing arts, A home for humanities and arts, Expressions, The body majestic, Art and the eye, A new rhythm video, Picture imperfect and Grammy's rash

The current state of women’s health in the United States? Uncertain

I had no idea that before the Affordable Care Act was enacted into law some insurance companies considered pregnancy a pre-existing condition, effectively denying women coverage for their hospital deliveries.

Latest ban on U.S. global funding ignores science, Stanford researchers say

In a new commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine, two Stanford scientists make a case for lifting the ban on U.S. aid to international groups that support abortion-related activities, saying the policy harms women...

Stanford President Tessier-Lavigne on what is important

A commitment to service, a dedication to help new students make the most of their opportunities and an aspiration to take Stanford to even greater heights were among the themes outlined by President Marc Tessier-Lavigne during his “What Matters to Me and Why” talk.



Upcoming Grand Rounds

March 8 @ 8:00-9:00 am

Creating Inclusive Workplaces: See Bias, Block Bias

Medicine Grand Rounds

Department Events

February 27 @ 12:00-1:00 pm

BMIR Special Research Colloquium: Information Technology for the Healthcare Enterprise

BMIR Special Research Colloquium

February 28 @ 8:00-9:00 am

Cancer Education Seminar: Pathologic Diagnosis of Sarcoma and Translational Studies

Cancer Education Seminar

February 28 @ 4:00-5:00 pm

Oncology Seminar: How to Reset Diseased States: The Herculean Task of Taming Cancer Cells

Oncology Seminar

March 1 @ 1:00-2:00 pm

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine: Radiology

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

March 2 @ 8:00-9:00 am

Cardiology Grand Rounds: Charting the Path Forward with Pragmatic Clinical Trials for Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiology Grand Rounds

March 3 @ 7:00-8:00 am

PCCM Fellows Didactic Lecture: Pulmonary Procedures

PCCM Fellows Didactic Lecture

Funding and Fellowship Opportunities

  • Internal funding opportunity: The Stanford Center for Digital Health is soliciting applications through February 26 for its inaugural seed grant program focused on the innovative uses of the Apple Watch in healthcare. Recipients will receive Apple Watches and a grant of up to $10,000 in direct costs. 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
  • Stand Up to Cancer is now soliciting RFPs’s for both the Lung Cancer Interception Dream Team (LOI deadline March 8) and the Pancreatic Cancer Dream Team (LOI deadline March 22). The Dream Teams for both RFPs will be comprised of multi-disciplinary investigators from a minimum of three institutions. Priority will be given to applications that are characterized by a diversity of team members, including and not limited to those from fields outside the traditional realms of biomedical research. Specific aims of the project may include basic research, translational studies and populations studies but the overall proposal must have a strong clinical research component. $7 million over four years will be provided, and any indirect costs will be negotiated. Learn more about the Lung Cancer Dream Team and learn more about the Pancreatic Cancer Dream Team. Stanford faculty can contact Please contact Joy Morimoto at 650-736-9749,, or Michelle Heeseman at 650-736-8968,, for application assistance.
  • The Stanford Catalyst for Collaborative Solutions is a new initiative with a bold mission – to create an open space to explore uncommon interdisciplinary solutions to our world’s most pressing problems and to become an internationally recognized model of a purposeful, high-impact, and interdisciplinary research ecosystem. The Catalyst Collaborative is seeking to fund two interdisciplinary project teams during their pilot year, each receiving $3 million over 3 years. Applications are due March 17. Learn more
  • Applications are being accepted through April 5 for the Harrington-Scholar Innovation Program. The goal of the Harrington Scholar-Innovator Program is to advance physician-scientist-initiated projects aimed at clinical introduction of new medicines (drugs or biologics). The Scholar-Innovator Award provides research and drug development funding as well as non-financial support to selected innovators and their institutions to help bridge the gap between basic discovery and clinical introduction. Applicants are encouraged to contact their department’s Research Process Manager in the Research Management Group at least 3-4 weeks before the deadline so they can help you with your application. Contact information here. Learn more
  • Applications are being accepted through April 25 for Intermountain-Stanford Collaboration Grants. Through the Grant Program, the Intermountain-Stanford Collaborative Committee will provide project awards to teams of investigators from both institutions conducting T3/T4 research to advance healthcare transformation. Investigators will receive up to $75,000 for one year to teams of investigators from both institutions to advance healthcare transformation. 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

Announcements »

The newly launched Center for Digital Health (CDH) aims to connect Stanford Medicine faculty with exciting new opportunities in the digital health space. In order to make those connections efficiently and appropriately, we have created a short survey to better understand our faculty’s current interests and areas of expertise in digital health. We will use this personalized information to matchmake faculty with internal and external digital health opportunities that are most relevant to them.

Faculty and instructors - please take a moment to complete the short survey here. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the CDH, please email us at or visit

February is Heart Month! Here are 3 easy ways that you can celebrate, starting today:

  • Register & join us in person or as a remote runner at the Racing Hearts 5K/10K on March 26.
  • Join us on March 3 as we eat some pasta & celebrate cardiac survivors with live musical performances. Click here to register.
  • Donate now to Racing Hearts!

View Lane Library's upcoming schedule of workshops/classes. All sessions are free for Stanford staff, faculty, students and affiliates. Learn more

Spring registration for Stanford Continuing Studies begins February 27. Learn more

Students, fellows, post docs and colleagues – apply today through March 1 for a new course entitled “IDEO, Presence, and Human Experience in Medicine.” This course partners with IDEO to bring design thinking to the challenges of diagnostic error in medicine. Throughout the course, class participants will work with leadership – including IDEO designers and Abraham Verghese – to define a specific challenge and utilize the design thinking process to create deployable solutions. Learn more

Join Stanford Medicine and Stanford Law School for a Race, Policing, and Public Health Symposium on March 6. This event aims to highlight research being done across interdisciplinary fields on race and law enforcement and the public health impact of police violence against minority groups. Learn more

The next Department of Medicine All-Staff meeting will be held on March 8. Learn more

Department Chairs and Program Directors: The Clinical Teaching Workshop, organized by the Stanford Faculty Development Center for Medical Teachers, has been rescheduled for April 17 from 9 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. at 1070 Arastradero Road, Room 202A. If you’re interested in attending, contact Julie Hendrix at by March 13.

Nominations are open now through March 13 for the annual School of Medicine awards, given to staff members who show exceptional dedication to the life of our community and to supporting our tripartite mission and vision to lead the biomedical revolution in Precision Health. There are two kinds of awards:

  • The Anne G. Crowe Spirit Award is given to two exceptional staff members who have been selected based on outstanding dedication, initiative, motivation, positive attitude, and customer service. This award honors the late Anne G. Crowe, an extraordinary staff member remembered for her enthusiasm, integrity, and dedication to Stanford Medicine.
  • The Inspiring Change Leadership Award recognizes up to two individuals who initiate or lead change and innovation, including implementing new processes, systems, organizational structures, or operating paradigms that result in transformative improvements in service, efficiency, value, effectiveness, outcome, or satisfaction. Individuals at any level or unit in the School of Medicine who have served at the School for at least two years are eligible.
School of Medicine Staff Award winners will be recognized at the Dean’s Annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon and will each receive a $3,000 check in appreciation of their service and commitment. Learn more

The next Dean’s Lecture Series will be held on March 20, and will feature Michael Specter. Michael Specter has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998 and focuses on science, technology, and public health. Since joining the magazine, he has written about the global AIDS epidemic, avian influenza, malaria, the world’s diminishing freshwater resources, synthetic biology, the debate over the meaning of our carbon footprint, and editing DNA with CRISPR technology. Learn more

The next faculty meeting will be held on March 20. Learn more

In the News

KRON 4 News: "Marijuana’s unwanted side effects for some heavy users" Linda Nguyen discusses the risks and side effects of heavy marijuana use.

KRON 4 News

The Atlantic: "When evidence says no, but doctors say yes" This article cites research from John Ioannidis about research reliability and reproducibility.

The Atlantic

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