The Brief  
Stanford Medicine
September 2019
New Stanford Hospital
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Message from Dean Minor
Dear Colleagues,

When we started construction on our new Stanford Hospital, we measured the time until its opening in years. Then, we switched to months. Now, we’re just weeks away from transferring patients into the new facility, and the excitement can be felt on our campus and beyond.

On September 14 and 15, 10,000 community members toured our new 824,000-square-foot hospital and enjoyed a street fair that featured face painting, oversized games of “Operation,” and treasure hunts. The new hospital made a strong first impression, providing comfort to the many who visited in good health but now knew the kind of preeminent patient care facility that awaited them if they should ever need it. Read more in Inside Stanford Medicine and Scope.

I am delighted to see the community’s enthusiasm for the nearly finished product, and more so that we will be able to provide them with unparalleled levels of care. 
Spotlight
Vizient
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Stanford Medicine Recognized as Top Performer in Quality and Safety
Vizient, the nation’s leading health care performance improvement company, ranked Stanford Medicine in the top 10 percent among peer academic medical centers in inpatient as well as outpatient care. It was my honor to accept these two awards with Stanford Health Care President and CEO David Entwistle and on behalf of everyone at Stanford Medicine who has helped us achieve such an outstanding level of care. Read more.

CBD Oil
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Why Google's Crackdown on Fake Medicine Is So Important
Today, we often see claims of panacea treatment from unscrupulous stem-cell clinics, overhyped CBD oil supplements, and other unproven medicines. Though these may have potential, they have not yet been medically proven for many of the conditions for which they are advertised. As I wrote in Fortune, protecting patients from potentially harmful claims involves a combination of personal interactions and large-scale action. Read more.

Technology and Digital Solutions
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Stanford Medicine Forms Technology and Digital Solutions Team
Technology is at the heart of our quest to lead the biomedical revolution. This month, we unified the School of Medicine Information Resources and Technology (IRT) and the Stanford Health Care Information Technology (IT) teams. I am confident that a combined Stanford Medicine Technology and Digital Solutions team will best position us to achieve our strategic priorities and achieve our Precision Health vision. Read more and watch

Post-Antibiotic Era
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Welcome to the Post-Antibiotic Era. Will We Save Ourselves in Time?
Less than a century after the advent of penicillin, bacteria have regained the upper hand. The overuse and misuse of antibiotics has led to the emergence of drug-resistant superbugs. As I wrote on LinkedIn, combatting the rapid evolution of bacteria requires adhering to CDC guidelines, encouraging initiatives like the Stanford Antimicrobial Safety and Sustainability program, and educating patients about antibiotic overuse. Read more
Precision Health News
Life Sciences Incubator
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New Incubator to Fuel Innovation in Stanford Research Park
To help create a thriving bioscience community near campus, Stanford University will transform a vacated 92,000-square-foot building in Stanford Research Park into a life science incubator. Read more.

Xinnan Wang
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Scientists Find Potential Diagnostic Tool for Parkinson's Disease
A breakthrough finding by Stanford researchers led by Xinnan Wang may provide a way of detecting Parkinson’s disease in its earliest stages, bringing us one step closer to halting its progression. Read more.

Pediatric Critical Care Transport Team
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Hello Says It All for Pediatric Critical Care Transport Team
After a trailer with 3,000 pounds of cargo crushed his neck and chest, Bryar Phelps, 4, needed a rare life-support machine. Following a harrowing transport from Reno, Nevada to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Bryar has recovered. Read more.

Michelle Monje
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Stanford Study Finds Brain Tumors Form Synapses with Healthy Neurons
Michelle Monje, senior author of a Stanford-led study, found that certain brain tumors wire into the brain’s electrical communication network, enabling them to drive their own growth. Read more in Inside Stanford Medicine and Scope
State of Stanford Medicine
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State of Stanford Medicine
Dean Lloyd Minor, David Entwistle, and Paul King will lead a celebration of Stanford Medicine’s achievements and discussion of our future. Lunch will be provided.

Tuesday, October 8
12–1 pm  
Berg Hall
*The event will be live-streamed at the Cardinal Conference Center in Redwood City.

Learn more and register
EHR National Symposium
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2019 EHR National Symposium
Stanford Medicine will host its second EHR National Symposium, where leading experts from health care, technology, and policy will discuss the future of electronic health record systems.

Friday, October 11
8:30 am–2 pm  
Berg Hall

Learn more and register
TOPS Symposium
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Translational Oncology Program at Stanford (TOPS) Annual Symposium
This symposium brings together speakers from academia, industry, and the FDA to discuss their perspectives on anticancer drug discovery and development.

Monday, October 21
8:30 am–5:30 pm  
Berg Hall

Register
Dean's Lecture Series - Jo Ann Jenkins
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Dean's Lecture Series with AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins
Dean Lloyd Minor and Jo Ann Jenkins will have a fireside chat about the 100-year life and the mission of the AARP in the face of our rapidly aging population.

Tuesday, October 29
12–1 pm  
Berg Hall

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