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

Caring for each other

Caring for our community


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