Dean’s Lecture Series

An opportunity for students, trainees, faculty and staff to explore current topics that impact our mission areas.

Upcoming Speakers


Jonathan Perlin, MD, PhD, MSHA - President, Clinical Services and Chief Medical Officer, HCA Healthcare Inc.

Fireside chat with Jonathan Perlin, MD, PhD, MSHA and Dean Lloyd Minor, MD discussing the learning health system. 

Friday, February 23
12–1 pm
Berg Hall, Li Ka Shing Center


Dr. Jonathan Perlin is President, Clinical Services and Chief Medical Officer of Nashville, Tennessee-based HCA Healthcare, Inc, where he provides leadership for improving clinical services and performance at 177 hospitals and more than 1,000 outpatient surgical, urgent care, and other practice units.

Before joining HCA in 2006, the Honorable Jonathan B. Perlin was Under Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate, as the senior-most physician in the Federal Government and Chief Executive Officer of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Dr. Perlin led the nation’s largest integrated health system.  More about Jonathan Perlin 

Broadly published in the areas of health care quality and transformation and the recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Perlin is recognized perennially as one of the most influential physician executives and health leaders in the United States. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the current chair of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Special Medical Advisory Group, and serves on the boards of the National Quality Forum, Digital Reasoning, and Meharry Medical College, one of the nation’s oldest and largest historically black academic health science centers.

Dr. Perlin was the 2015 Chairman of the American Hospital Association and inaugural chair of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health IT Standards Committee. He has served on numerous other boards and commissions, including the National Quality Forum, the Joint Commission, and the National Patient Safety Foundation. 


Arianna Huffington - Co-Founder, The Huffington Post and Founder & CEO, Thrive Global

Fireside chat with Arianna Huffington and Dean Lloyd Minor, MD

Wednesday, March 21
5–6 pm
Berg Hall, Li Ka Shing Center


Arianna Huffington is the co-founder of The Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of 15 books, including the most recent Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news site and blog that quickly became one of the most widely read, linked to, and frequently cited media brands on the internet. In August 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a corporate and consumer well-being and productivity platform with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success.

She has been named one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time magazine and one of the most powerful women by Forbes. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in economics.  More about Arianna Huffington   At 21, she became president of the famed debating society the Cambridge Union. She serves on numerous boards, including Uber and The Center for Public Integrity.

Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, both became instant international bestsellers. In addition to her roles as a business leader and sleep evangelist, Arianna is also proud to be a mother, sister, and flat shoe advocate.



The Dean’s Lecture Series will take place in Berg Hall at the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge Stanford unless otherwise stated.


The Dean’s Lecture Series is free and open to the Stanford community. Preregistration is required. Seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early to reserve your seat.

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This lecture series is a venue for Stanford Medicine faculty, students, and staff to explore current topics and trends that will inspire and challenge us as we carry out our mission to improve human health locally and globally.

Dean Lloyd Minor