Café Scientifique, up next: Academic Medicine: Leading the Biomedical Revolution

January 27, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Lloyd B. Minor, MD, Dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine, will be speaking at our upcoming Café Scientifique series, this Thursday, January 30. Please join us at our Palo Alto center from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The challenges facing us in academic medicine today are daunting. Society is demanding more from us—more value in health care, more scientific breakthroughs, more physicians ready for a rapidly changing health care delivery environment. And we must face these growing challenges with fewer and fewer resources.

But despite these challenges, the importance of academic medicine has never been greater. This is the Century of Biology. If the 19th century was about chemistry and the 20th century about physics, the 21st century will be about biology.

Academic medical centers are at the center of today’s biomedical revolution.

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Minor received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Brown University, where he is a member of the Brown Medical School Committee. He trained at Duke University Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medical Center and completed a research fellowship at the University of Chicago and a clinical fellowship at The Otology Group and The EAR Foundation in Nashville, Tennessee.

With more than 140 published articles and chapters, Minor is an expert in balance and inner ear disorders. In recognition of his work in refining a treatment for Ménière’s disease, Minor received the Prosper Ménière Society’s gold medal in 2010. In the medical community, Minor is perhaps best known for his discovery of superior canal dehiscence syndrome, a debilitating disorder characterized by sound- or pressure-induced dizziness. He subsequently developed a surgical procedure that corrects the problem and alleviates symptoms.

Minor served as the Andelot Professor and director (chair) of the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and otolaryngologist-in-chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 2009, Minor became provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Johns Hopkins. In 2012, Minor was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Minor is also a professor of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and a professor of Bioengineering and of Neurobiology, by courtesy, at Stanford University.