Department of Medicine 2019 Annual Report
A Look Inside
Welcome to our Department of Medicine annual report for 2019.
You’ll see some impressive statistics about us in here: We are 15 divisions comprising 606 faculty, 920 staff and research associates, and 475 trainees. We have 30 endowed professorships. We brought in $136 million to support our sponsored research. Our work in 2018 included 556 grants from both federal and non-federal entities and clinical trials.
But there’s a human side to those numbers, and this year’s report reflects that. You’ll find an array of stories detailing the activities of the divisions, centers, programs, and institutes that make up the Department of Medicine. We’ve grouped the articles in this report into three sections reflecting the energy we put into caring for patients, caring for each another, and caring for communities both local and global.
Much of our work focuses on patients – those who come to Stanford seeking our clinical expertise. We learn about Manali Patel’s research into simple ways to improve terminally ill patients’ quality of life, and Alan Pao’s efforts to help those with kidney stones avoid forming more stones. What better way to teach beginning medical students about interacting with patients than what’s described in the Walk with Me article?
Internally, we focus on how we care for our own Department of Medicine community of staff, faculty, trainees, and research associates. Stories like REACH describe our attention to wellness and wellbeing. Angela Rogers’s resident symposium celebrates the work residents put into their dedicated research month. And in the profile of Tamara Dunn we are reminded of the need to increase diversity and inclusion and to build resilience.
The local communities that we serve are described in stories about the staff-led SCOPE community service program as well as the GI division’s move to Redwood City. We learn about the Million Veterans Program, an enormous database that will help both the veterans who contribute their data to it and the entire field of medicine. Our care for global communities is highlighted by Michael Baiocchi’s work with at-risk Kenyan girls as well as by Kari Nadeau and Michele Barry’s contributions to the study of climate change’s effects on children, especially those younger than age five.
This Department of Medicine does amazing work. Read all these articles about your peers and perhaps yourself and take pleasure in the role you play in what we do. When it comes to the achievements of the Department of Medicine, we all play a part.
Robert Harrington, MD
Chair, Department of Medicine
Caring for our patients
Medical students have an unusual opportunity to interact with patients in their very first month, even as they pursue the critical study of the basic sciences in their first two years.
Can someone with no medical training improve the quality of life for a terminally ill cancer patient? And will that have any impact on health care costs? That’s what Manali Patel, MD, an assistant professor of oncology, wanted to find out.
Bioethics is a rapidly evolving, more-relevant-every-day kind of field. And for Kate Luenprakansit, MD, clinical assistant professor of hospital medicine and clinical bioethicist, it has become a major part of her life’s work.
Vasculitis, a group of uncommon diseases characterized by inflammation of the blood vessels, caught the attention of Cornelia Weyand, MD, when she was an immunology and rheumatology fellow at Stanford in the 1980s.
Half a million Americans go to the emergency room annually for kidney stone issues, and one in every 10 people in the United States will develop a kidney stone during his or her lifetime.
Although Kevin Anderson had committed no crime, he was facing a death sentence when he came to Stanford in 2007. Anderson was dying from end-stage cardiac amyloidosis, an abnormal accumulation of proteins (amyloid fibrils) in his heart.
Within the walls of the Center for Clinical Sciences Research, scientists are hard at work developing life-saving treatments for patients with blood and bone marrow cancers.
Caring for each other
Justin Annes, MD, PhD, assistant professor of endocrinology, gerontology and metabolism, and ChEM-H faculty fellow, feels that he owes a great deal of credit for his unique research program to the ChEM-H Institute.
The cardiovascular medicine division has added two new faculty members, both of whom have skills that complement and supplement those of the rest of the division: Nitish Badhwar, MD, and Fatima Rodriguez, MD, MPH.
As Stanford Health Care strives to be increasingly innovative and efficient, front-line providers develop and implement collaborative initiatives aimed at saving money and increasing high-value care. Two such programs illustrate those efforts.
The Stanford Center for Clinical Research (SCCR) is the “operational engine” that enables many faculty throughout Stanford to drive robust clinical research enterprises.
As faculty members are being considered for promotion, they compile their CVs, including their publications and lists of professional activities, to paint a holistic picture of their academic achievements.
Caring for our community
Loto Reed, associate coordinator in the division of primary care and population health, went into her annual review armed with an idea: a staff community service program to build motivation and togetherness in the division.
The topic is daunting, even unbelievable in our world, and the complexities that surround it are hard to grasp. How do you teach girls aged 12 to 14 to fight off a sexual assault — in Kenya — in slums where regular meals and clean water are not assured? Moreover, almost as important, how can you know whether the lessons actually worked?…
Physicians on a committee that recommends prices for health care services under Medicare are biased toward their own specialties, resulting in proposals that could generate more income for their own practices, according to research by Stanford Health Policy’s David Chan, MD, PhD.
“Global climate change has direct effects on our health, and in my field one direct effect is allergy,” says Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and pediatrics (and, by courtesy, otolaryngology).
The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Initiative springs from a basic goal: “to make fundamental discoveries and develop new technologies that will enable doctors to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases during our children’s lifetime.”…
Not long ago, new patients at the gastroenterology and hepatology (GI) division would sometimes wait for months for a non-urgent appointment. They were well cared for once they got in, but the clinic space in Palo Alto was small, the huge enterprise was overwhelming and intimidating, and parking was nightmarish.
“I hold out hope that artificial intelligence and machine-learning algorithms will transform our experience, particularly if natural-language processing and video technology allow us to capture what is actually said and done in the exam room,” writes Abraham Verghese, MD.
Several years ago, Mark Musen, MD, PhD, wrote: “The ultimate Big Data challenge lies not in the data, but in the metadata — the machine-readable descriptions that provide data about the data. It is not enough to simply put data online; data are not usable until they can be ‘explained’ in a manner that both humans and computers can process.”…
Department of Medicine in Numbers
- 15 Divisions
- 606 Faculty (107 University Tenured and Nontenured Line, 116 Medical Center Line, 330 Clinical Educators, 38 Instructors, 15 Emeritus)
- 30 Endowed Professors
- 920 Staff & Research Associates (586 Staff, 99 Research Associates, 235 Temporary Staff)
- 475 Trainees (136 Residents, 160 MD Fellows, 179 Post-docs)
- $125.7M Sponsored Research ($79.4 million in federal grants, $32.9 million in non-federal grants, $23.4 million in clinical grants)
- 556 Grants (4 Program Projects, 70 R-01s, 32 Ks, 21 Us, 14 Training, 36 other Federal Awards, 379 Non-Fed & Clinical Trials)
Justin Annes, MD, PhD
Abraham Verghese, MD
Sang-Ick Chang, MD, MPH
Tamara Dunn, MD
Kate Luenprakansit, MD