Department of Medicine 2019 Annual Report

Our Broad Reach

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

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“They’re leaving a legacy—they want things to be better for the women who come after them.”
 Cybele Renault, MD

“I like taking a single thread, combining it with other things, and making an entirely different product. That is also a lot like life—whether you’re at work or at home. We take all the little pieces and stitch them together to make something new and wonderful.”
 Heidi Elmore

“You can imagine that if you treat each data source in isolation, you will have some predictive value. But what happens if we put them together?”
 Olivier Gevaert, PhD

“If we can show that people who have had many traumatic experiences on the basis of their gender identity or sexual orientation have certain health outcomes, then that can provide some evidence to actually change policy and laws.”
 Mitchell R. Lunn, MD, MAS

“It means we really detected a hidden system for classifying patients that is highly relevant to underlying disease biology and clinical outcomes.”
 Andrew Sweatt, MD

“We’re bringing in leaders in gastric cancer from all over the world to talk about how we can establish screening guidelines for high-risk populations.”
 Joo Ha Hwang, MD, PhD