Stanford Medicine delivers unparalleled care for each patient’s unique needs. Our multidisciplinary approach to health care coordinates deep expertise with the most advanced technology for the best possible outcomes.
Stanford Medicine offers patients direct access to clinical trials that safely evaluate new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat disease. Currently more than 500 trials are under way.
Driven to discover and committed to advancing health, our physicians are dedicated to developing new insights and improving outcomes.
Standard of Care
Nearly 50 years of coronary care unit celebrated
Alfred Spivack taught nurses to do a number of jobs generally restricted to doctors in the early days of Stanford’s coronary care unit, and also helped to developed new technology for cardiac care.
Heart pump good for the long term
Doctors said 17-year-old Tovi Balliao was too sick to wait for a heart transplant. But now, a pump implanted in his heart has let him delay a transplant indefinitely.
A Legacy of Innovation
First use in Western hemisphere of linear accelerator to treat cancer
A 2-year-old boy with a tumor in his eye is the first to undergo X-ray treatment from a medical linear accelerator developed by Henry Kaplan and campus physicists.
First neonatal intensive care unit to allow parent visitation
Stanford creates the first neonatal intensive care unit that allows visitation by parents.
First successful human combined heart/lung transplant in the world (fourth attempted worldwide)
Mary Gohlke receives the world's first combined heart and lung transplant in a landmark operation led by surgeon Bruce Reitz.
First clinical trial testing methods for preventing eating disorders in adolescents
Researchers Joel Killen and Thomas Robinson publish findings that shed light on the causes of eating disorders in adolescents.
First demonstration that lifestyle changes and drug therapy decrease heart attack rates and slows progression of atherosclerosis in coronary arteries
Researcher William Haskell shows that intensive lifestyle changes and prevention/treatment programs can reduce cardiac events and slow the progression of atherosclerosis in coronary arteries.
Development of a new type of imaging system that can illuminate tumors in living subjects, getting pictures with a precision of nearly one-trillionth of a meter
Radiologist Sanjiv Gambhir develops a new type of imaging system that can illuminate tumors in living subjects with a precision of nearly one-trillionth of a meter
New method allows sequencing of fetal genomes using maternal blood
Bioengineer Stephen Quake develops a groundbreaking method to sequence the genome of an unborn baby using only a blood sample from the mother.
A new technique induces egg growth in infertile women, and one gives birth
An in-vitro activation procedure developed by endocrinologist Aaron Hsueh is used to induce egg growth in some infertile women, and one gives birth.
Our Vision for Precision Health
Stanford Medicine is leading the biomedical revolution in precision health and developing the next generation of care that is proactive, predictive and precise.
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