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Stanford Report, July 9, 2003

School of Medicine chairholders named for three endowed professorships

By JOYCE THOMAS

The University Office of the Provost and the board of trustees approved appointments to the following endowed professorships in June.

Michael P. Link, MD, professor of pediatrics, was appointed to the Lydia J. Lee

Professorship in Pediatric Oncology. He serves as chief of the division of pediatric hematology/oncology and stem cell transplantation at the School of Medicine and director of the Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

Link’s research focus includes the management of children with malignant lymphomas and sarcomas. He has led a series of multicenter trials for children with early-stage non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which resulted in cure rates in excess of 90 percent while minimizing side effects. He has helped develop continuing refinements in staging and therapy for children with Hodgkin’s disease, improving outcomes while reducing the long-term toxicities associated with therapy. These approaches have been adopted worldwide as the standard of care for children with malignant lymphomas.

The Lydia J. Lee professorship was established this year by Joanne and David D. Lee in honor of their daughter. Lydia Lee was treated for cancer at Children’s Hospital at Stanford and received follow-up care at Packard Children’s Hospital. She is now attending college. David Lee is president and CEO of Silicon Image Inc., which he founded.

Michael T. Longaker, MD, professor of surgery and director of the Children’s Surgical Research Program at Stanford, was appointed to the Deane P. and Louise Mitchell Professorship in the School of Medicine. Longaker, a pediatric craniofacial surgeon, serves as co-director of the Transplant and Tissue Engineering Center of Excellence at Packard Children’s Hospital.

Longaker’s research focuses on repair mechanisms in skin and bone. He also studies the formation of bone to understand how the body engineers its own bone either to form the skeleton or to repair the skeleton after birth.

The Mitchell professorship was created in 2002 with assets from an earlier professorship established in 1971 by a bequest from the Mitchells’ estate to honor Stanford professor of surgery Emile Holman, MD, a longtime friend. Louise Mitchell studied at Stanford and Deane Mitchell received a degree in geology from Stanford in 1896.

Samuel So, MD, professor of surgery and director of the Liver Cancer Program at Stanford, was appointed to the Lui Hac Minh Professorship in the School of Medicine. So founded and directs the Stanford Asian Liver Center, the only nonprofit organization in the United States that addresses the high incidence of liver disease in Asians and Asian-Americans. The center has sponsored international symposia and launched the Jade Ribbon Campaign, a multi-ethnic health initiative to prevent and fight hepatitis B and liver cancer.

Since 1999, So has spearheaded an international collaborative research team to study the genetics of liver and stomach cancers, which led to the first publications on the genomics of these cancers and identified genes that help predict survival and recurrence. Eight years ago he co-founded the Studies in Pediatric Liver Transplantation, an ongoing U.S. and Canadian multicenter collaborative study.

The Lui professorship was established in 2001 by the Providence Foundation Ltd. of Hong Kong at the request of its director, Arthur Lui, MD. The namesake of the new professorship, Lourenco Lui, the father of Dr. Lui, died of liver cancer in 1990.