Past Event: Stanford Club of Hong Kong

Evening Reception, Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Stanford Club Event:
DR. LLOYD MINOR, Dean-Designate, Stanford School of Medicine.

State of the School:  Dr. Minor discussed the Stanford School of Medicine's role in interdisciplinary research in the 21st century, interactions and collaborations with the biotechnology and technology sectors in Silicon Valley, and the significance of the 6th Nobel Prize recently awarded to a member of the Stanford Medicine faculty.

17:45 PM to 19:45 PM

Peking Room, American Town Club, 49th Floor, Exchange Square, Central
Event Details:
More than 30 Stanford alumni attended this event.

Speaker's Bio: Dr. Lloyd Minor

Dr. Lloyd B. Minor, former provost of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, has been named dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine. Minor will assume his position as dean on Dec. 1. He will succeed Dr. Philip Pizzo, who has led the School of Medicine as dean since April 2001. Minor will lead more than 1,500 faculty and 1,000 students at the Stanford School of Medicine, the oldest medical school in the West.

As Johns Hopkins provost, Minor is the chief academic officer and second-ranking member of the senior administration, responsible for promoting and coordinating the university's teaching and research mission. He leads the university's budgeting process and oversees the university's nine schools as well as its many interdisciplinary programs and academic centers. During his time as provost, Minor launched many university-wide initiatives such as the Gateway Sciences Initiative to support pedagogical innovation and the Doctor of Philosophy Board to promote excellence in doctoral education. He has worked with others around the university and health system to coordinate the Individualized Health Initiative, which aims to use genetic information to transform health care.

Prior to his appointment as Johns Hopkins provost, Minor served as Andelot Professor and director (chair) of the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and otolaryngologist-in-chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. During his six-year tenure, he expanded annual research funding by more than half and increased clinical activity by more than 30 percent, while strengthening teaching efforts and student training.

With more than 140 published articles and chapters, Minor is an expert in balance and inner-ear disorders. Through neurophysiological investigations of eye movements and neuronal pathways, his work has identified adaptive mechanisms responsible for compensation to vestibular injury in a model system for studies of motor learning (the vestibulo-ocular reflex). The synergies between this basic research and clinical studies have led to improved methods for the diagnosis and treatment of balance 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. In 1998 Minor and colleagues published a description of the clinical manifestations of the syndrome and related its cause to an opening (dehiscence) in the bone covering the superior canal. He subsequently developed a surgical procedure that corrects the problem and alleviates symptoms.

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, Tenn.

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