Welcome to the Department of Medicine

Department Mission

Stanford Medicine is committed to setting the highest standards for patient care, ground-breaking biomedical research, professional education, teaching, and training. We are devoted to advancing the science of medicine by developing new methods to prevent, diagnose, and treat all aspects of human disease and strive to provide compassionate and pioneering health care.

Latest News

  • Energy and enthusiasm at first-ever Bay Area Primary Care Leadership and Innovation Summit

    On January 31, experts from places as far away as Boston and Hawaii convened on the Stanford campus to discuss the future of primary care from a diverse array of perspectives. The inaugural Bay Area Primary Care Leadership and Innovation Summit was co-sponsored by Stanford Medical School, UCSF, and Primary Care Progress.

  • A Long and Circuitous Route to Strategy and Innovation

    Sumbul Desai, MD (clinical assistant professor, general medical disciplines) took a road less traveled on her way from an undergraduate degree in computer science to her latest venture, vice chair of strategy and innovation for the Department of Medicine.

  • FIND FH, Starting at Stanford

    FH, or familial hypercholesterolemia, is a genetic predisposition to very high levels of LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) that may first manifest itself as a fatal heart attack at a premature age.

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Department Events

The 2014 Albion Walter Hewlett Award

Thomas M. Krummel, MD

Emile Holman Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery
Stanford University School of Medicine
Susan B. Ford Surgeon-in-Chief, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
Co-Director, Biodesign Program at Stanford

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Li Ka Shing Center, Berg Conference Rooms B & C, 2nd Floor

"Best Way to Predict the Future...is to INVENT it"

Thomas M. Krummel, M.D. is the Emile Holman Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery at Stanford University and the Susan B. Ford Surgeon-in-Chief at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Krummel has served in leadership positions in the American College of Surgeons, the American Surgical Association, the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Pediatric Surgery and is currently President of the American Pediatric Surgical Association.  He has served the ACS Committee on the Emerging Surgical Technology and Education for 20 years and was recently appointed Chair.   He played a fundamental role in the collaboration between SAGES and the ACS leading to the wildly successful Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) assessment tool.  He has mentored over 200 students, residents and post docs.

Dr. Krummel is the twenty-sixth recipient of the Hewlett Award.

The Albion Walter Hewlett Award was developed by the Department of Medicine as a recurring award to honor an extraordinary physician in the Stanford community.  Recipients are those who have made a substantial commitment to Stanford and who have consistently, over decades, demonstrated the exemplary combination of a scientific approach to medicine and compassionate patient care.

Divisions in the Department of Medicine

At the Stanford Center for Biomedical Research (BMIR) we develop cutting-edge ways to acquire, represent, and process information about human health.

In order to handle the ever increasing amounts of data in healthcare and biomedical research, our faculty, students, and staff investigate and create novel computational, statistical, organizational, and decision-making methods. Our research advances the state of the art in semantic technology, biostatistics, and the modeling of biomedical systems to benefit clinical and translational research as well as patient care.

The BMT program at Stanford performs autologous and allogeneic transplantations for over 300 patients each year. The program has been very successful with a history of limited morbidity rates and acute mortality that is well below most published reports.

In addition to a successful clinical practice, our program researchers are translating their discoveries into new therapies, advancing the efficacy of hematopoietic cell transplantation for patients worldwide.


The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine is a dynamic and innovative center dedicated to excellence in research, medical education, and clinical care. Our division is driven by over 40 faculty, clinician educators and instructors who are the pillar of strength in the Division’s ongoing efforts into the prevention, and treatment of cardiovascular disease.


The division of Endocrinology, Gerontology and Metabolism has a long history of major contributions in basic and clinical research, a record of training fellows for academic and clinical careers, and a commitment to providing care for patients with complex endocrine diseases.

The basic science and clinical studies that are carried out at Stanford University cover a broad range of areas in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. Through our integrated research, education, patient and community outreach programs, we are committed to maintaining the highest standards of academic medicine and patient care.

The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology has a long tradition of major contributions in basic research, a new commitment to clinical and outcomes research, a track record of training fellows for academic careers, and a longitudinal commitment to providing care for patients with complex gastrointestinal and liver diseases.

The Division of General Medical Disciplines is committed to training the next generation of academic general internists and practitioners. While engaged in practice and teaching, our faculty are dedicated as well to establishing new knowledge as the basis for future practice and prevention, and to the greatest extent possible applying that knowledge to improve care for all and reduce health disparities.

The Division is dedicated to institutional and community commitment to the development of research programs at Stanford that focus on clinical immunology. The Division of Immunology and Rheumatology has a longstanding tradition of excellence in patient care, and is among the leading groups in the School of Medicine in cutting edge bench research, clinical trial investigation and outcomes assessment research.

Our Division encompasses all aspects of infectious diseases and geographic medicine, including clinical microbiology, hospital epidemiology, AIDS, international health, mechanisms of pathogenesis, the role of microbes in chronic & unexplained disease, human microbial ecology, parasitology, microbial & viral genomics, and tropical medicine.

The Division of Nephrology is the branch of internal medicine devoted to the study, diagnosis, and treatment of kidney disease. The Division of Nephrology in the Department of Medicine offers fellows and faculty unparalleled prospects for research and clinical training in an atmosphere with ample opportunity to participate in University and community service, in an exciting academic environment committed to excellence, innovation and diversity.

Emerging science, new technology, and improvements in diagnostics and patient care have enabled nephrologists to treat kidney and renal disease more successfully. Stanford Hospital is proud to once again be recognized in the 2013 US News & World Report “ Best Hospitals Survey as one of the best centers for the treatment of kidney disease.

The work of the Division of Oncology bridges the worlds of basic science, clinical diagnosis and the treatment of cancer. Our basic investigative activities concentrate on immunology, genetics/genomics, pharmacology, DNA repair and oncogene action. Our clinical science covers each cancer type; has a strong focus in clinical trials of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, and in correlative laboratory studies. Our work is supported by a portfolio of peer-reviewed grants, industrial agreements and research endowments.

Stanford Health Policy is the joint working name of the Center for Health Policy (CHP) and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR). We conduct rigorous research that lays the foundation for better domestic and international health policy and health care. Drawing upon our multidisciplinary research, Stanford Health Policy offers innovative educational programs from the undergraduate to the graduate level.

The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (PCCM) is comprised of a team of outstanding clinicians, scientists, and scholars dedicated to improving the lives of patients with serious lung disease. Our goal is to provide outstanding clinical and research training to the next generation of leaders in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. We are committed to strong clinical investigations including the evaluation of new pharmacologic agents, which offer potentially promising therapeutic benefits, as well as outcome studies which characterize clinical parameters to effect positive changes in patient care.

The Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC) is a consortium of renowned experts who are world leaders in investigating ways to prevent disease and promote health. Their work is focused on identifying the most practical, science-based solutions for addressing some of society’s most pervasive—and preventable—health issues, such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic conditions and to raise the standards of scientific investigation that matters for health. SPRC investigators are collaborating on numerous, long-term projects designed to translate research into effective ways to promote well-being at every stage of life.