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Lloyd Minor named dean of Stanford’s School of Medicine

Lloyd B. Minor, MD, provost of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, has been named the next dean of Stanford's medical school. Minor, who will assume his position on Dec. 1, will succeed Philip Pizzo, MD, who has led the School of Medicine as dean since 2001.

From the university announcement:

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 has 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.


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.

Calling it a "wonderful honor" to lead the medical school, Minor said he was especially looking forward to continuing Stanford's interdisciplinary research emphasis:

As a provost, I know and have extensive experience with the value of these cross-cutting interactions. The fact that I am the third provost hired to lead a Stanford school speaks to Provost Etchemendy's and President Hennessy's belief in the transformative effects a broad vision can have on the great challenges facing not only medical research and practice, but all of education today.

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