Updates from Dean Minor

Learn the latest on the strategic direction for Stanford Medicine.

  • Dean's Newsletter November 2017

    As Dean Minor reflects on the power of empathy in medicine, he expresses his concern for he potentially negative impact of provisions in the U.S. House of Representatives tax proposal on our students. He emphasizes that Stanford Medicine will remain engaged in this process. Elsewhere in this edition, he celebrates the opening of a new gathering place for anyone interested in diversity and inclusion issues, recaps highlights from the State of Stanford Medicine event, and more.

  • Dean's Newsletter October 2017

    Our part of the world has seen immense tragedies recently, from natural disasters in the United States, the Caribbean, and Mexico to the horrific Las Vegas shooting. This month’s Brief contains a message from Stanford Medicine’s leaders providing resources about how we can help those in need. Dean Minor also reaffirms our commitment to diversity by linking to a statement from the School of Medicine Faculty Senate and the Diversity Cabinet’s formal charge.

  • How You Can Help

    As an academic community and practitioners of the healing arts, we at Stanford Medicine care deeply about anyone whose health and well-being is in danger. We’ve listed organizations accepting donations and volunteer services to help the victims of recent tragedies afflicting our area of the globe.

  • Dean's Newsletter September 2017

    A breakthrough study conducted by Stanford Medicine neurologist Michelle Monje and her colleagues sheds light on how cancer can take over the brain’s growth factors. Dean Minor also discusses other ways that Stanford Medicine is making headlines as we begin another academic year.

  • Dean's Newsletter August 2017

    Dean Minor reflects on recent ways that Stanford Medicine has been recognized for excellence, from U.S. News & World Report once again honoring Stanford Health Care as one of the best hospitals in the nation, to a gift that launches the Stanford Center for Cancer Cell Therapy. He also highlights stories of individual lives that make honors like these come to life.

  • Dean's Newsletter July 2017

    Health care’s future depends on the effective harnessing of big data, according to the inaugural Stanford Medicine Health Trends Report, which Dean Minor announces in The Brief. He also discusses the hiring of our first Chief Wellness Officer and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford’s earning top honors in U.S. News & World Report.

  • Commencement

    In his 2017 Commencement address to Stanford University School of Medicine graduates, Dean Lloyd Minor discussed the value of the "under construction" life, urging graduates to embrace setbacks and challenges as opportunities to be transformed.

  • Dean's Newsletter June 2017

    Dean Minor celebrates this year’s graduates and all those who helped them achieve their dreams. Other highlights of the issue include Precision Health advances on display at the Big Data in Biomedicine conference, Professor Karl Deisseroth’s Fresenius Prize, and the Stanford Pediatric and Adolescent Gender Clinic.

  • Dean's Newsletter May 2017

    Many of the articles highlighted in this issue address issues of equity in medicine, including ensuring that individuals of all sexes and genders feel welcome to pursue their dreams to lead in the medical field, that we protect children’s health by preventing cuts to Medicaid, and that we make Precision Health care accessible to everyone.

  • Dean's Newsletter April 2017

    Recent announcements give new meaning to the phrase “spring forward” — from the launch of Project Baseline, a four-year health data study in collaboration with Verily Life Sciences (formerly Google Life Sciences) and Duke University School of Medicine, to Gordon and Betty Moore’s $50 million gift towards pediatric research at the Stanford School of Medicine and patient care at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.

  • Dean's Newsletter March 2017

    From Match Day to the opening of a new Stanford Health Care facility in the East Bay, there are many milestones to celebrate. And as both Stanford Medicine and the University plan for the future, I encourage members of our Stanford community to submit their ideas.

  • Dean's Newsletter February 2017

    Taking an interest in both the arts and the sciences is beneficial for both physicians and patients, as well as entire communities. In the February issue, I discuss this concept as well as recent discoveries such as the “lab on a chip”, Center for Definitive and Curative Medicine therapies, and more.


  • Dean's Newsletter December 2016

    In the final Brief issue of 2016, I reflect on the successes that have capped off an amazing year— including the successful surgery separating conjoined twins at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences awarded to School of Medicine professor Roeland Nusse.

  • Dean's Newsletter November 2016

    As Fall goes into full swing and a controversial presidential election comes to a close, I take a moment to reflect on the values and strengths of the Stanford Medicine community. I also discuss how our vision of preventive and proactive health care for all is spreading around the world.

  • Dean's Newsletter October 2016

    I’m pleased to announce the inaugural issue of The Brief, my monthly newsletter of updates and my thoughts on health trends. This issue features photos of our new MD and PhD students and replays of recent talks where we reflected on our community and strategic vision.

  • Building Stanford Medicine Together

    July 5, 2016 - Today I am glad to be back on campus to extend a warm welcome to David Entwistle, the new president and chief executive officer of Stanford Health Care (SHC). David comes to us at an exciting time in biomedicine and in the life of our organization.

  • Tragedy in Orlando

    June 14, 2016 - Following our Commencement ceremonies on Saturday came news early Sunday morning of overwhelming loss in Orlando. I am heartbroken by this senseless act of violence. As we grieve for the victims and their family and friends, let us also stand in support of the LGBTQ community.



  • October Letter from the Dean

    October 27, 2015 - I am once again excited and inspired by the energy I see throughout the Stanford Medicine community. In countless ways, our faculty, students, trainees, and staff continue to improve human health.

  • Update on Diversity and Societal Citizenship

    July 2, 2015 - Like many of you, I am looking forward to the July Fourth weekend, and not just for the fireworks and barbecues. Our national celebration of civil rights and civil liberties will have special meaning this year in light of last week’s historic Supreme Court rulings.

  • Announcing Two New Departments in the School of Medicine

    June 11, 2015 - I am very pleased to announce that on June 10 the Stanford University Board of Trustees approved two new departments within the School of Medicine: Biomedical Data Science and Emergency Medicine.

  • Precision Health Introduction

    June 1, 2015 - We are at a watershed moment in medicine. We have within our grasp the ability to completely change the very nature of health care to one of proactive, predictive and personalized care based upon keeping you healthy instead of just treating you when you are sick. We call this Precision Health.

  • Diversity and Societal Citizenship

    May 6, 2015 - Over the past few weeks, I have been deeply saddened by the tumultuous events in my former hometown. Although Baltimore has, for now, disappeared from the news, the unrest has raised our collective awareness about the state of social justice in America.


  • Guidance for Stanford Medicine Students, Faculty, and Staff on Ebola Crisis

    October 27, 2014 - Stanford Medicine continues to monitor the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa in order to address any potential cases of Ebola on campus and protect the health and safety of our community.

  • September Letter from the Dean

    September 3, 2014 - The start of an academic year is always an exciting time when fresh energy and new faces give us a renewed sense of commitment to the calling that has brought us here.

  • US News Ranking

    March 12, 2014 - Yesterday U.S. News & World Report released its annual rankings of the Best Graduate Schools. The Stanford University School of Medicine was again ranked No. 2 among the Best Medical Schools for Research.

  • March Letter from the Dean

    March 6, 2014 - We are living in the century of biomedicine — a time when new knowledge and technologies have accelerated the potential for preventing, treating, and curing disease. We…


  • November Letter from the Dean

    November 21, 2013 - Now that Stanford University Open Enrollment has come to a close, we in Stanford Medicine are gearing up for the launch of Stanford HealthCare Alliance.

  • September Letter from the Dean

    September 11, 2013 - Several months ago, I shared with you my vision that we at Stanford Medicine will lead the biomedical revolution.

  • June Letter from the Dean

    June 14, 2013 - I have come to believe even more firmly that we at Stanford Medicine are unique in our commitment to excellence, innovation, and collaboration.

  • US News Ranking

    March 12, 2013 - As you may know, today U.S. News and World Report released its annual rankings of the Best Graduate Schools. The Stanford University School of Medicine was ranked No. 2 among the Best Medical Schools for Research.