Updates from the Chair

The latest from Department of Medicine Chair Bob Harrington


August 21, 2020

Virtual Recruitment and Other Updates

"Though this summer will continue to bring uncertainties and complexities, I encourage you to find ways to enjoy yourselves and recharge"


August 21, 2020

Colleagues –

Today I have a few updates to share on hospital operations, virtual fellowship recruitment, and the California wildfires.

Though most of campus is empty, hospital operations are in full swing. Many of our inpatient services are seeing an uptick in consults, procedures, and patients. Thank you to our clinical colleagues and house staff who have been caring for patients while learning to work in different ways.

This month also marks the beginning of fellowship recruitment. Recruitment has traditionally been a special time for prospective applicants to visit campus, meet with faculty, converse with  trainees, and really get a sense of what the Department of Medicine is all about. Thanks to the help of fellowship coordinators, leadership, and our IT team, we’ve recreated this experience through a series of revamped webpages, interviews, and welcome videos. I encourage you to explore these virtual gateways here. Congratulations to all involved in this effort – you have managed to capture and express our innovative spirit and show what it’s like to train at Stanford.

I also want to take a moment to address the wildfires that are rapidly spreading across our region and our state, creating additional challenges for our community. The University has created a website with updates and information on air quality and rolling blackouts, which you can view here. Stanford has also contracted with local hotels to offer discounted rates for those of you that need to evacuate your homes or need temporary lodging. You can view a listing of hotels, rates, features, and a link to online booking here. We will continue to share resources as we receive them.  

Though this summer will continue to bring uncertainties and complexities, I encourage you to find ways to enjoy yourselves and recharge. Make time to rest, take breaks, and use your vacation days. Prioritize your mental and physical health. We’ll be taking a short “summer break” from publishing this note and will reconnect in early September.

Know that I have been so inspired by the resilience and optimism you’ve shown throughout these last six months. Our work has never been more important. Thank you for all you have done and will do.

Stay safe and take care.

Bob Harrington


August 3, 2020

Diversity Investigator Awards

"My hope is that these innovative and inclusive approaches to research will contribute to a brighter, more equitable future for all of us"


August 3, 2020

Colleagues -

At this year’s Diversity and Inclusion week, we announced our inaugural Department of Medicine Chair Diversity Investigator Awards – four grants of $50,000 each for research work focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, and elimination of health care disparities.

We received 20 applications from our community which were then reviewed by a committee that included senior faculty investigators, members of our Diversity and Inclusion Council, staff, and leadership. Drs. Wendy Caceres, Tamara Dunn and Vinicio de Jesus Perez guided the process, using a “research distance traveled” approach.

Today, I’m pleased to announce the winning proposals. These exceptional projects address the needs of some of our most vulnerable populations and regions, ranging from an investigation into increased rates of kidney disease in the agricultural communities of the Central Valley to a community partnership aimed at enhancing access for hypertension screening and treatment among African Americans in Santa Clara County.

Meet our recipients:

Shuchi Anand, MD, MS, assistant professor of medicine (nephrology)

Kidney Disease in California’s Central Valley: Investigating the Disproportionate Risk in Agricultural Communities

Fatima Rodriguez, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine (cardiovascular medicine)

Identifying Reasons for Statin Non-adherence in a Real-World, Diverse Population using Natural Language Processing

Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc, instructor of medicine (primary care and population health)

The Cut Hypertension Program – Enhancing Access for Hypertension Screening and Treatment among African Americans in Santa Clara County by Partnering with Community Barbers and Pharmacists

Celina Yong, MD, MBA, MSc, assistant professor of medicine (cardiovascular medicine)

Reducing Disparities in Novel Procedure Use: Using Scalable Technologies to Deliver Individualized Decision-making Support through Culturally Sensitive Peer Coaching

Congratulations to this talented group! All of our awardees will have the opportunity to present their findings at next year’s Diversity and Inclusion Symposium and will join our Diversity and Inclusion Research Network, a group of distinguished researchers making significant contributions to health disparities and health outcomes.

My hope is that these innovative and inclusive approaches to research will contribute to a brighter, more equitable future for all of us.

Stay well and safe.

Bob Harrington

July 20, 2020

Welcome

"Despite these unusual circumstances, our community continues to exhibit the characteristic enthusiasm and resilience that is the key to our success"


July 20, 2020

Colleagues -

Before I report on happenings within the Department, I want to take a moment to note the passing over the weekend of Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Radiology.  This is a heartbreaking loss for the Stanford community, including for me personally and for the Department of Medicine. Sam was an innovative physician-scientist, an inspirational academic leader, and a warm and generous colleague. He was an important part of the reason that I came to Stanford in 2012.  And, since our arrival, I learned a great deal about our Stanford community and academic leadership from watching this gifted friend and colleague. His passing is a community loss and, in the days ahead, please do keep Sam and his wife, Aruna, in your thoughts and prayers.

I’d also like to take a few moments to recognize all of the new faculty and staff who have joined us over the past six months and welcome them into our DOM community.

Many of you have joined the Department during an unprecedented time and have had to quickly adapt to new ways of working and connecting with each other. The past few months have brought new routines, new challenges, and new demands for all of us. Despite these unusual circumstances, our community continues to exhibit the characteristic enthusiasm and resilience that is the key to our success.

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To our new staff and faculty members: I am proud of the community we have created here in the Department of Medicine and am thrilled to have you join us. I look forward to all that we will accomplish together in the weeks and months ahead.

New Faculty and Promotions

It also gives me great pleasure to announce and celebrate 41 new promotions and appointments to the faculty that occurred between January and July. These faculty are members of 11 different divisions. Please join me in congratulating and welcoming our colleagues. You can view their names and photos here.

New Staff Hires and Transfers

We have added 92 new staff members to the department since January 2020. From accountants to division managers, these new members will make it possible for us to continue to expand our mission to set the highest standards for patient care, ground-breaking research, and education. Please welcome them when you have an opportunity. View the full list here.

A Call for Staff Insights and Opinions

We’ve created a quick survey for all staff to understand your experience of sheltering-in-place and working remotely. Your honest feedback will help us make improvements and adjustments to our future work environment. Please let us know your thoughts by July 24. We’ll share the results during the next All Staff Meeting.

New Faculty Leadership Opportunities

We’re currently seeking nominations for several new faculty leadership positions, and I’d like to share a few details about these critical roles:

We’ve created two formal faculty leadership roles focused on diversity and inclusion: Associate Chair – Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Chair – Women in Medicine. Both positions will report to the Senior Vice Chair of Academic Affairs and work closely with Vice Chairs and department leadership to advance our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.  Please use this link to apply and upload an optional CV.  Applications will be accepted from faculty of all ranks and lines, and are due by July 24, 2020.  

We are also seeking nominations for faculty members of a new CE Advisory Council, with a potential start date of October 1, 2020, and serving through August 31, 2021.  To be eligible you must have been on the faculty for a minimum of three years and hold the rank of Assistant Professor in the Clinician Educator line.

The group will meet with the Chair and Senior leaders of the Department of Medicine every other month to provide candid input and new ideas on various issues. Because this work will take time, we will compensate each member of the council via a year-end bonus of $5,000. If you’re interested in becoming involved, please fill out this application by July 31, 2020.

The way we each work has changed quite a lot over the past several months, yet as a Department we have continued to strive uniformly toward our missions every day. I am immensely proud of all of you and the work you do. Thank you and stay safe.

Bob Harrington

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June 3, 2020

A Message to our Community

"We can't go back to business as usual"

2020 Updates