The Brief  
Stanford Medicine
March 2019
Human-Centered Artificial Intellgence
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Message from Dean Minor
Dear Colleagues,
Last week, Stanford University announced the creation of the human-centered artificial intelligence initiative (HAI). AI has the potential to impact many disciplines but perhaps in no field more than biomedicine. Among the many biomedical projects HAI supports are studies exploring the use of AI to identify cost-effective clinical pathways, monitor respiratory conditions, screen for coronary artery disease, and predict malaria outbreaks.

Stanford Medicines leadership in AI began almost 50 years ago with the creation of the first supercomputer to explore AI medical applications. Today, we are one of the few academic medical centers working to bring AI applications to patient bedsides. And with the support of the universitys data science initiative and our own outstanding Biomedical Data Science Department, we are harnessing the power of data to help drive the AI transformation.

By putting humanity at the center of our efforts to develop AI technologies and applications, we are collectively working towards a future where human health flourishes, and where high-tech health care remains high-touch. Read more and watch the video.
Apple Heart Study
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Apple Heart Study Demonstrates Ability of Wearables to Detect AFib
The Apple Heart Study demonstrates the potential of innovative digital technology to pioneer care thats more predictive and preventive and that opens a whole new realm for the future of heart health research, as well as other areas of medicine. Im proud that Stanford Medicine is leading the way to this more proactive and participatory future. Read my post on LinkedIn and learn more in Inside Stanford Medicine and Scope.

Match Day
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Medical Students Meet Their Matches
On March 15, I attended a party with 85 medical students and their family and friends. It was Match Day—the annual tradition where students around the country open envelopes to find out where they will spend their residencies. Full of hugs and smiles, it was a wonderful celebration. Im very proud of our students and cant wait to see what they will accomplish during this next stage in their careers. Read more in LinkedIn, Inside Stanford Medicine, and Scope.

Pulmonary Defect Prompts Search for Answers
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Rare Pulmonary Defect Prompts Parents’ Search for Answers
Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital Stanford is not just the best childrens hospital in the Bay Area, its renowned worldwide as a leader in pediatric care. I was delighted to hear the story of Carter Johnson whose parents search for answers led them to Stanford Medicine from Maryland. Here Carter received treatment for a rare pulmonary defect. Now he is expected to live a normal life. Read more.

Digital Enhancements for New Hospital
Credit: Steve Fisch
Digital Enhancements Planned for New Stanford Hospital
The countdown to the opening of the new Stanford Hospital continues, and I cannot wait. Slated to open this fall, the new hospital will be among the most technologically advanced hospitals in the United States, embodying our digitally driven strategic priority. Highlights include an enhanced MyHealth app which will act as a digital companion for patients and a secure messaging platform that will promote communication and collaboration among providers. Read more.

Richard Besser
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At Dean’s Lecture Series, Richard Besser Promotes Health Equity
Understanding and addressing the social determinants of health is central to our Precision Health vision. At the latest Deans Lecture Series, it was a pleasure to host a powerful advocate for treating the whole patient, not just the disease. Richard Besser, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, shared the foundations progress in promoting health equity. Read more and watch the video.

Stanford Medicine's Global Purpose
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Stanford Medicine’s Global Purpose
We at Stanford Medicine are committed to improving health locally—and globally. The latest issue of Stanford Medicine magazine explores how we are fulfilling this mission through collaborative efforts to address some of the worlds most dangerous diseases. As an otolaryngologist, I was particularly inspired by the story about a Zimbabwean clinics work to treat serious ear, nose, and throat diseases in children. Read more.

Kevin Moody, Associate Dean for Human Resources
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Kevin Moody Appointed Associate Dean for Human Resources
Im delighted that Kevin Moody has been named associate dean for human resources at the School of Medicine. Kevin joins Stanford Medicine from Harvard Law School, where he was assistant dean and chief human resources officer. I am drawn to Stanford Medicine’s vision of leading the biomedical revolution in Precision Health, Kevin said. And I am so thrilled to have this opportunity to work with a community of passionate and talented people in pursuit of this worthy cause. Read more.
Precision Health News
Linking Bacterial Populations with Health
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Linking Bacterial Populations with Health
We all have bacteria living on and in us, but scientists have struggled to understand which bacteria are linked to disease and which protect against it. Statistician Susan Holmes has new insights. Read more.

Predicting Breast Cancer Recurrence
Credit: Paul Sakuma
Molecular Data Can Predict Breast Cancer Recurrence
Christina Curtis and colleagues have developed a tool with the potential to help physicians predict which breast cancer patients are at high risk of recurrence. Read more in Inside Stanford Medicine and Scope.

Forecasting Post-Stroke Dementia
Credit: Steve Fisch
Quickly Forecasting Post-Stroke Dementia
Marion Buckwalter and colleagues have found that transient changes in a handful of circulating blood cells can predict the likelihood of dementia one year after stroke. Read more in Inside Stanford Medicine and Scope.

Boosting Immune Responses
Credit: Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken
Treating Infections During Pregnancy May Boost Immune Responses
New Stanford research suggests that a specific change in prenatal care for pregnant women in developing countries may improve their babies vaccine responsiveness after birth. Read more.
Upcoming Events
Innovator's Workbench
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From the Innovators Workbench Series with Jason Field, CEO of WL Gore
Sponsored by the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign, this event will feature Jason Field, the new president and CEO of WL Gore & Associates.
Wednesday, April 3
5:30–6:45 pm
Mackenzie Room, Huang Engineering Center 

Emma Walmsley
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Deans Lecture Series with Emma Walmsley, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline
At this Deans Lecture Series event, Dean Minor will have a fireside chat with Emma Walmsley, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline. Lunch will be provided.
Tuesday, April 16
12–1 pm
Berg Hall 
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