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Stanford recruits new medical dean from Johns Hopkins

Minor, provost of top-ranked Johns Hopkins Medical School, will join Stanford Dec. 1

Stanford School of Medicine has recruited the provost of Johns Hopkins University to become its new dean, Stanford announced Wednesday, July 18.

Lloyd B. Minor, a specialist in disorders of the head and neck who since 2009 has been responsible for coordinating teaching and research at nine schools within Johns Hopkins, will lead more than 1,500 faculty and 1,000 students at Stanford Medical School.

He will begin at Stanford Dec. 1, succeeding Philip Pizzo, who announced he was stepping down after leading Stanford Medical School since 2001.

As provost of Johns Hopkins, Minor has led the university-wide budgeting process as well as its interdisciplinary programs and academic centers.

Prior to that, he chaired for six years the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in the highly-ranked Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He joined the Johns Hopkins medical faculty in 1993.

"It is a wonderful honor to be asked to lead the Stanford School of Medicine -- one of the truly preeminent medical schools in the world -- and I am tremendously excited by this unique opportunity to advance state-of-the-art medical research that crosses and combines traditional medical disciplines and academic boundaries in unprecedented new ways," Minor said.

Sam Gambhir, head of Stanford's Department of Radiology and co-chair of the search committee for a new dean, called Minor "an exceptional physician-leader with a strong and broad vision to propel forward the clinical, research, administrative and educational enterprise in exciting new ways.

"His ability to build consensus and bridge strengths across the entire medical school, Stanford Hospitals and Clinics, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Palo Alto VA and the university will be key for the future excellence of our medical school," Gambhir said.

Minor, 55, is an expert in balance and inner-ear disorders whose research has led to improved methods for diagnosis and treatment of balance problems, Stanford said. He identified superior canal dehiscence syndrome, a disorder characterized by sound- or pressure-induced dizziness, and developed a surgical procedure to address it.

He earned bachelor's and medical degrees from Brown University, trained at Duke University and the University of Chicago and completed fellowships at the University of Chicago and at the Otology Group and the EAR Foundation in Nashville, Tenn.

Chris Kenrick

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