Dean’s Lecture Series

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

Upcoming Speakers

Henry Marsh, Neurosurgeon and Author of Admissions: Life as a Brain Surgeon

Date: Friday, January 11, 2019

Time: 12–1 pm

This event is full.  Watch the event live here.

Please join Dean Lloyd Minor in welcoming Henry Marsh for a for a fireside chat about making decisions in surgery, communicating with patients and writing about medicine.

Henry Marsh is one of the United Kingdom’s most eminent neurosurgeons. He has been the subject of two major BBC documentaries, which highlighted his work in Ukraine over the last 24 years. Although retired from full-time work in the National Health Service, he continues to work in diverse countries such as Ukraine, Nepal, Albania, and Pakistan.  He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen in 2010. His book Admissions: Life as a Brain Surgeon became a Number 1 Sunday Times best seller and was awarded the Times's William Howard Russell Award for non-fiction in 2017.

Richard Besser, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Time: 12–1 pm

Location: Berg Hall, Li Ka Shing Center

Please join Dean Lloyd Minor and Richard Besser, MD, for a lecture about the social determinants of health and health equity.

Since April 2017, Dr. Besser has served as president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest private foundation in the country devoted solely to improving the nation’s health. Dr. Besser provided medical analysis and reports at ABC News, as former chief health and medical editor, and his weekly health chats on social media reached millions. As former director of the Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he was responsible for all public health emergency preparedness and emergency response activities. 

Lunch will be provided. Register online.


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.

Questions about the series? Send us a message.

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