• David Relman on the risks of lab-made pathogens

    Should scientists be allowed to create lab-made pathogens in the interest of science? In this podcast, Stanford microbiologist and biosecurity expert David Relman, MD, talks about the grave risks associated with this kind of research.

  • Beth Darnall discusses "Less Pain, Fewer Pills"

    During this podcast, Stanford pain psychologist Beth Darnall, PhD, discusses her new book, “Less Pain, Fewer Pills,” which is aimed at helping the millions of sufferers regain control over their chronic pain without the use of opioids.

  • Stanford Life Flight: 30 years of saving lives

    Thirty years and many thousands of flights later, Life Flight has a proud history to celebrate. Its flight crew has years of experience, and its helicopter carries some of the most advanced airborne health-care technology available.

  • Physicians deactivate heart pump with catheter-based approach

    A mechanical pump supported a failing heart, but did the job so well it eventually was no longer needed. Turning it off safely was the challenge.

  • Max Aguilera-Hellweg on the art of photography

    Max Aguilera-Hellweg apprenticed with the famed photographer Annie Liebovitz at Rolling Stone magazine when he was 18 years old. At age 43, he received his medical degree. Surgical photography is just one of his specialties.

  • Mike Stobbe on the decline of the Surgeon General

    The post of U.S. surgeon general has remained vacant for nearly a year. So it raises the question: Does the role of the nation’s top doctor still matter? Associated Press medical reporter Mike Stobbe’s new book, Surgeon General’s Warning, argues that it does.

  • Sherry Wren and her journey back as a surgeon

    Two years ago, Stanford surgeon Sherry Wren, MD, had excruciating pain in her neck. The surgery to remove a ruptured disc resulted in a partial paralysis that temporarily derailed her career.

  • A conversation with CNN's Sanjay Gupta

    He’s CNN’s chief medical correspondent, and a neurosurgeon too. And now Sanjay Gupta is using his very public platform to talk about the benefits of medical marijuana, and the need to combat loneliness.

  • Flight irregularity leaves Navy pilot with unusual constellation of symptoms

    Air invaded Robert Buchanan’s head and neck in all the wrong places. Two years of persistent medical investigation at Stanford finally gave it a name.

  • 5 Questions: The story behind the new Stanford Medicine website

    The effort to revamp the Stanford Medicine website began two years ago. In this Q&A, Web services director Mark Trenchard describes the process and what Web users can expect in coming months.

  • Dan Harris on being happier

    Would you like to be 10 percent happier? Dan Harris, co-anchor of ABC News’ Nightline and weekend editions of Good Morning America, has achieved just that and perhaps more. In this podcast, he discusses his New York Times best-seller, "10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works -- A True Story."…

  • VJ Periyakoil on doctors and end-of-life directives

    A new study by VJ Periyakoil, MD, director of palliative care education and training at the Stanford School of Medicine, examined physicians' attitudes toward advance directives and found little has changed since the law's passage in 1990, with most saying they would continue to pursue aggressive treatment for terminally ill patients. In this podcast, Periyakoil discusses why doctors want one thing for themselves at the end of life and quite another for their patients.