Stanford Medicine achieves the incredible every day, but the past two weeks have been particularly eventful. On December 4, Professor Roeland Nusse received the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
for his work on embryonic development and adult tissue repair. And just a few days later, the extraordinary team at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford successfully separated
conjoined two-year-olds Erika and Eva Sandoval (pictured above). After months of preparation and nearly 20 hours in the operating room itself, the team has given Eva and Erika the chance to achieve their own dreams — to grow strong, play with abandon, and live life to the fullest.
There is no more fitting end to what has been a truly remarkable year at Stanford Medicine. And I know that these are just two examples among many more. Your relentless dedication to serving others — in the midst of what has certainly been a challenging year for our campus, our country, and the world at large — is a continual source of inspiration. I cannot thank you enough for all that you do to ensure the best possible health for the most people possible. I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season, and I look forward to all that we will achieve together in 2017.