Lloyd B. Minor, MD



Lloyd B. Minor, MD is a scientist, surgeon, and academic leader. He is the Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine, a position he has held since December 1, 2012. He is also a professor of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and a professor of Bioengineering and of Neurobiology, by courtesy, at Stanford University. As dean, Dr. Minor is leading the Campaign for Stanford Medicine, which seeks to fuel innovation, transform patient care and empower future leaders at the school and at Stanford Health Care and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Among his early accomplishments, Dr. Minor has led the development of an innovative model for cancer research and patient care delivery at Stanford Medicine and has launched a big data in biomedicine initiative in collaboration with Oxford University.

Previously, Dr. Minor was provost and senior vice president of academic affairs of The Johns Hopkins University. During his time as provost, Dr. Minor 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 Ph.D. education. He worked with others around the university and health system to coordinate the Individualized Health Initiative, which aimed to use genetic information to transform health care. More 

Prior to his appointment as provost in 2009, Dr. Minor served as the Andelot Professor and director (chair) of the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery in The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and otolaryngologist-in-chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. During his six-year tenure, he expanded annual research funding by more than half and increased clinical activity by more than 30 percent, while strengthening teaching efforts and student training.

With more than 140 published articles and chapters, Dr. Minor is an expert in balance and inner ear disorders. Through neurophysiological investigations of eye movements and neuronal pathways, his work has identified adaptive mechanisms responsible for compensation to vestibular injury in a model system for studies of motor learning (the vestibulo-ocular reflex). The synergies between this basic research and clinical studies have led to improved methods for the diagnosis and treatment of balance disorders. In recognition of his work in refining a treatment for Ménière’s disease, Dr. Minor received the Prosper Ménière Society’s gold medal in 2010.

In the medical community, Dr. 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 Dr. 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.

Dr. Minor received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Brown University. He trained at Duke University Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medical Center and completed a research fellowship at the University of Chicago and a clinical fellowship at The Otology Group and The EAR Foundation in Nashville, Tennessee.

In 2012, Dr. Minor was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.



Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Professor for the Dean of the School of Medicine, Professor of Otolaryngology - HNS &, by courtesy, of Neurobiology & Bioengineering
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Meet the Dean

As a clinician, basic scientist and educator, Dean Minor is uniquely suited to steward the vision for Stanford Medicine . "I think one of the most active things that I do, " Minor has said of his leadership, "is to listen, to process what I'm hearing and to come up with informed questions that bring us together in planning our future."

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Published June 8, 2014