The Brief  
Stanford Medicine
August 2019
White Coat Ceremony
Credit: Steve Fisch
Message from Dean Minor
Dear Colleagues,

I find nothing more inspiring than seeing students begin their Stanford Medicine careers. This month, our newest MD and PA classes participated in our White Coat and Stethoscope Ceremony. On September 23, our incoming PhDs will be welcomed at the Lab Coat Ceremony. These rites of passage reinforce our students’ commitment to innovation, collaboration, and improving the health of all people.

Amplifying the promise and potential of our 2019–2020 class is their diversity. More than one-quarter of our MD and PA students and 20 percent of our PhD students identify as an ethnicity underrepresented in medicine. It is well-documented that diversity among clinicians and researchers leads to more equitable health care and cutting-edge science.

Please join me in welcoming to Stanford Medicine yet another bright and talented class who will help us achieve our Precision Health vision. Read more.
Biomedical Ethics
Credit: Brandon Chaves
Stanford to Develop Coordinating Hub for Biomedical Ethics
As questions about the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of genetic research abound, Im delighted that the National Human Genome Research Institute chose Stanford Medicine to help lead the new Center of ELSI Resources and Analysis. This multi-university effort will create a central repository that enables people to easily find ethical or policy guidance and connect with experts for support. Read more.

Credit: Thru Lukes Lens
A Celebration of Disability at Stanford Medicine
Empathy is critical to research and patient care, and perhaps nobody understands this better than those with disabilities. Im proud that Stanford Medicine has established the Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition (SMAC) to support those across our campuses with learning differences, mobility challenges, mental illness, chronic disease, deafness, blindness, autism, and other differences. Read more.

Dr. Melissa Bondy
Courtesy of Baylor University
Melissa Bondy, PhD, Named Chair of Epidemiology and Population Health
On October 1, we will welcome Dr. Melissa Bondy as our inaugural Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health and the Associate Director for Population Sciences at the Stanford Cancer Institute. Dr. Bondy, who joins us from Baylor College of Medicine, is a renowned cancer epidemiologist who will immediately enhance our multidisciplinary efforts in population health. Read more.

Dr. Susan Knox
Courtesy of Susan Knox
Susan Knox, MD, PhD, Appointed Associate Dean for Academic Advising
Im delighted to announce that Dr. Susan Knox has been appointed the School of Medicines Associate Dean for Academic Advising. In this role, Dr. Knox will continue her work supporting Stanford Medicine students in their career development while overseeing key programs that benefit students. Since becoming Assistant Dean for Academic Advising in 2002, she has guided more than 300 MD and MD/PhD advisees. Read more

Credit: Steve Fisch
At New Stanford Hospital, Art and Nature Support Healing Process
Art and nature play a powerful role in patient care, and our new Stanford Hospital recognizes their importance with four acres of gardens, more than 400 works of original art, and plenty of natural lighting. All told, they will create an environment where the body, mind, and spirit can heal. Buckyball, a 30-foot sculpture designed by artist Leo Villareal (pictured), dramatically sets the tone at the entrance. Read more
Precision Health News
Credit: L.A. Cicero
Stanford Launches Effort to Harness the Microbiome to Treat Disease
A joint effort between Stanford ChEM-H and the Department of Bioengineering, the Stanford Microbiome Therapies Initiative aims to harness the promising frontier of microbiome research to develop new therapies. Read more

Paizlee and Kruz
Courtesy of the Davenport family
An Alabama Family Searches for Answers About Rare Disorder
Kruz (left) and Paizlee Davenport, the first brother and sister in the country to have a rare form of dwarfism, are benefitting from a method of stem cell transplantation pioneered by Dr. Alice Bertaina at Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital. Read more.

Scar Tissue
Credit: Philipp Trubchenko
Researchers Discover Gel Reduces Scar Tissue After Surgery
A gel developed by Stanford researchers and applied to internal tissues may reduce the development of potentially fatal post-surgical adhesions. Read more in Inside Stanford Medicine and Scope.

Don't Eat Me Signal
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New ‘Don’t Eat Me’ Signal May Help Treat Ovarian and Breast Cancers
Stanford researchers led by Dr. Irving Weissman, a recent recipient of the Albany Prize, identified a protein that ovarian and triple-negative breast cancers may use to hide from the bodys immune system. Read more
New Stanford Hospital Gardens
Courtesy of Stanford Health Care
New Stanford Hospital Community Open House
Explore the new Stanford Hospital with neighbors and colleagues at an open house featuring tours, exhibits, and demonstrations, plus a street fair with food and family activities. 

Saturday, September 14–Sunday, September 15  
500 Pasteur Drive, Stanford

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