Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community

Winter 2009

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The Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center consolidates specialized clinical services in a modern, welcoming and patient-centered environment.

New facility designed to enhance Stanford services

Patients can now visit a wide array of Stanford outpatient clinics, from orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine to pain management and sleep medicine, through one main door. The Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center, which opened Feb. 17 in Redwood City, is the new home of specialized services that were previously located on the main campus at Stanford University Medical Center. Read Story »

Did you know?

Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults laugh only 15 to 100 times a day.

Sound Bites

“Considering all the heartbreak and expense of infertility treatments, this sort of research is something I believe women have a big stake in defending.”


Renee Reijo Pera, PhD, director of the Center for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Education, on why stem cell research should be thought of as a women’s health issue.

New York Times, Dec. 16

“Even if I can’t provide medication because they can’t afford it, having them get to see a doctor and talk about their problems is so gratifying.”


Lars Osterberg, MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine, on the medical needs of the local homeless population and what attracts him to this work.

The Mercury News, Dec. 30

“Sleep is a process that cannot be forced and the more the patient tries to control it, the less likely sleep will happen.”


Allison Siebern, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, on how the number of people suffering from insomnia may increase as the economy worsens.

Contra Costa Times, Jan. 5

“There’s been this tendency to equate microbes with something that’s dirty and dangerous. It simply isn’t true.”


Bacteriologist Stanley Falkow, PhD, winner of the 2008 Lasker-Koshland Award for Special Achievement in Science, on the pivotal role of bacteria in the body.

USA Today, Jan.12

“The body is the text—a text that is changing and must be frequently inspected, palpated, percussed and auscultated.”


Abraham Verghese, MD, senior associate chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, on his concern that electronic medical records could dehumanize the doctor-patient relationship.

Boston Globe, Dec. 29


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At a glance: Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center

The Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center features a modern, bright cafe; private and comfortable exam rooms; and a central lobby that makes it easy for visitors to find the clinic they need. Read Story »

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Surgery without scars

When Thomas Krummel, MD, was in medical school 25 years ago, a senior surgeon told him, “Son, big hole, big surgeon. Give yourself some room.” Now, thanks to minimal-access techniques pioneered at Packard Children’s and Stanford Hospital & Clinics, surgeons at the two hospitals avoid many of the big incisions that were once an inevitable feature of surgery. Read Story »

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Uncertain prognosis for health care changes

There is growing public pressure for healthcare reform, which was a focal point of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. But the reality of economic recession, as well as a fractious po-litical system in Washington, makes major change difficult to achieve, even in the best of times. Read Story »

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Advocacy for children’s health

Many health problems facing today’s kids can’t be healed in an exam room, says Lisa Chamberlain, MD, MPH, an assistant professor of pediatrics. That’s why she is leading a national ef-fort to teach pediatricians-in-training to advocate locally and nationally for children’s health. Read Story »

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Navigating through cancer

Nathalie Criou, 34, came to Stanford Hospital & Clinics in January 2007 and underwent aggressive treatment for sarcoma over the next 11 months. She is still undergoing tests and follow-up scans, but is back at home in San Francisco, combining two of her passions: sailing and fundraising for sarcoma research. Read Story »

Off-label drugs require more study

Stanford researchers are questioning a common practice of prescribing drugs for nonapproved uses, saying that some of these drugs need more scientific scrutiny. More »


Teen volunteers needed for bulimia study

Psychiatrists in the School of Medicine are seeking volunteers for the largest-ever randomized controlled trial of bulimia treatments for adolescents. More »



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