Medical center people

Sam So

Stanley Falkow

Samuel So, MD, professor of surgery and the Lui Hac Minh Professor in the School of Medicine, has been appointed chair of the cancer site team by the California division of the American Cancer Society. So will provide strategic oversight and recommend policies and procedures for early detection and treatment of site-specific cancers, such as breast, prostate and colon. He helped establish and directs the Stanford Asian Liver Center to address the prevalence of Hepatitis B and liver cancer in Asian communities. He also heads the Multidisciplinary Liver Cancer Program and Liver Tumor Clinic and is a consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he leads programs that help educate the public about Hepatitis B and liver cancer prevention in the United States and Asia.

Stanley Falkow, PhD, the Robert W. and Vivian K. Cahill Professor in Cancer Research, has been selected to receive the 2005 American Society for Microbiology Graduate Teaching Award. The award includes a $2,000 cash prize and will be presented at the ASM general meeting awards dinner in June in Atlanta. Falkow is a past chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and a past president of the American Society for Microbiology. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.

Jill Helms, MD, PhD, has been appointed associate professor of surgery as of Jan. 1. She joins the Stanford faculty after serving as director of the Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at UCSF. Her research interests focus on the molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating craniofacial morphogenesis, and the etiological basis for genetic and teratogen-induced craniofacial defects. Helms reviews manuscripts for journals such as Nature and Science, and is a member of the research advisory board for the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation. She also reviews grants from the NIH, NASA, the March of Dimes and a number of other nonprofit organizations.