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.

Sincerely,

Robert Harrington, MD
Chair, Department of Medicine

Caring for our patients

  • Delivering Care by Taking a Step Back

    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.

  • Putting Bioethics into Practice

    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.

  • Stanford Amyloid Center: From Start-up to Premier Status

    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.

Caring for each other

  • Integrating Medicine with Basic Science

    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.

  • Tamara Dunn in Focus

    A steady hum of energy and activity seems to constantly surround Tamara Dunn, MD, clinical assistant professor of hematology.

  • New Cardiology Faculty

    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.

  • A Portfolio to Capture Faculty's Inventive Side

    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

  • A Project to Reduce Rape of Young Kenyans

    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?…

  • Crossing Divisions to Solve Global Climate Change

    “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).

  • GI’s Move to Redwood City: Creating Multiple Opportunities

    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.

  • A Database of a Million Veterans

    The goal is simple but ambitious: collect samples and medical data from a million American veterans to create an enormous database of medical information.

  • Can AI Really Improve Care?

    Arnold Milstein, MD, came to Stanford eight years ago with a simple assignment: Find out how to lower the national cost of producing great health care.

  • Humans and AI, Not Humans versus AI

    “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.

  • “Repositories of Horrible Stuff” - CEDAR to the Rescue

    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)

“This is one of the great joys of being in an academic institution: discovery and mentorship all in one moment.”

Justin Annes, MD, PhD

“Pitting humans against machines is not the point. Rather, how best to relevantly engage both for the sum to be greater than the parts should be the focus.”

Abraham Verghese, MD

“People, both faculty and staff, come to Stanford to be part of a noble cause, and that nobility extends not just to academic and clinical contribution, but to social and community contribution as well.”

Sang-Ick Chang, MD, MPH

“I’m heartened that diversity and inclusion have come to the forefront of discussion at Stanford, and that Stanford is showing that these issues are important.”

Tamara Dunn, MD

“At the end of this, there’s a patient at the center of all of these discussions.”

Kate Luenprakansit, MD