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The Brief  
Standford Medicine
November 2016
Message from Dean Minor
Dear Colleagues,
With the end of the presidential election and the beginning of the holiday season, it’s a good time to take a step back and think about what really matters. I was fortunate to have that opportunity in a recent conversation with Dean Jane Shaw as part of the What Matters to Me and Why discussion series hosted by the Stanford University Office of Religious Life. Listen to our discussion.
At the Stanford Medicine Town Hall this Thursday, we will all have a chance to talk about what matters to us, both as individuals and as members of this community. I hope you will join the conversation on November 17 at 5:30 p.m. in Berg Hall. Until then, I’d love to hear from you at
Precision Health Message Resonates at World Health Summit
I continue to see leaders embrace our Precision Health message globally. At the recent World Health Summit in Berlin, I spoke about our unique role in advancing health care and technological innovation — and received very enthusiastic responses from the internationally renowned attendees across all sectors. Watch video.
Pictured: Dean Minor with Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit and cardiovascular surgeon Ram Nene
Collaborating with AIF
Precision Health is a global vision. That’s why Stanford Medicine’s collaboration with the American India Foundation (AIF) is so important to me. At our recent symposium, leaders in academia, philanthropy, and technology gathered here at Stanford Medicine to explore how we can all work together to decrease preventable complications from childbirth and increase newborn survival in India and the developing world. Read more
School of Medicine Alumna Speaks from Space
I’m consistently astounded by the talent and spirit exhibited all throughout the Stanford Medicine community, and alumna Kate Rubins is just one recent example. After finishing her PhD, Kate became the first person to sequence DNA in space. She recently spoke with us via videoconference from the International Space Station about conducting experiments in zero gravity and building an exceptional career. Read more and watch video.
Pictured: Study co-author Jennifer Tremmel with a patient who underwent unroofing surgery for myocardial bridging
Surgery Relieves Debilitating Symptoms of Heart Anomaly
A Stanford Medicine study demonstrates the value of precise treatments, finding that unroofing surgeries improve the quality of life for patients with myocardial bridging, a congenital condition caused by a major artery tunneling through heart muscle. Read more.
Celebrating SPARKs 10th Anniversary
SPARK, Stanford’s translational research accelerator, recently celebrated its remarkable 10th anniversary. A model for enhancing interactions between industry leaders and academia to accelerate the translation of research into clinical applications, the program has been adopted by several dozen academic institutions around the world. Read more.
The Apple Watch and Your Heart Are Very Nearly in Sync
A story from CNET cites a study published in JAMA Cardiology about the accuracy of wearables when it comes to monitoring heart rate, showing the Apple Watch to be accurate more than 90 percent of the time compared to an EKG reading. The accuracy of wearable readings is crucial as we work to make Precision Health a reality for all. Read more.
TEDMED 2016 Livestream
Stanford Medicine Professor Abraham Verghese will emcee the annual TEDMED conference, where several Stanford affiliates will be speaking, including Clinical Assistant Professor Lucy Kalanithi.
Wednesday, November 30–Friday, December 2
Watch the livestream using the following access codes: StanFac (for faculty), StanStu (for students), and StanTML (for alumni and staff).
Aiming High and Making It Work: Juggling Your Career and Life
Stanford Medicine alumna Linda Hawes Clever will speak about techniques for balancing work and life. She is the founding president of RENEW, a non-profit organization committed to the idea that “in order to do well, you have to be well.”
Thursday, November 17
5:30–6:30 p.m.
Clark Center Auditorium
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