Radiosurgeon named to new endowed professorship

The School of Medicine has announced that John Adler, MD, professor of neurosurgery, has been named the Dorothy and Thye King Chan Professor.

Adler has played a critical role in Stanford's radiosurgery program and is considered the father of image-guided irradiation. His research focuses on the development and implementation of computerized, image-guided surgical tools to be used during minimally invasive brain operations. As creator of the Cyberknife, first used for patient therapy in 1994 at Stanford, he revolutionized the surgical treatment for many types of brain and spinal tumors. The technology is now being increasingly used to remove cancers through the body and holds great promise for patients with other conditions such as pain, depression and atrial fibrillation.

The professorship was established with a gift from Dorothy and Thye King Chan of Singapore.

Dorothy Ng Chan and Thye King Chan are respected members of the Singapore arts, philanthropic, and business community. Dorothy Ng Chan is executive director of a private property holder and real estate group in Singapore, Far East Organization. Thye King Chan began his career in 1957 holding various senior positions in the Malaysian Civil & Foreign Service before going to Singapore in 1964 to join the Port of Singapore Authority as port secretary. He left in 1971 to join the private sector working as a stockbroker and later in the hotel industry. Since 1980, he has been a private equity and property investor. They maintain an extended community of friends and family worldwide.

The Chans' gift to establish the Dorothy and Thye King Chan Professorship in the School of Medicine in the Department of Neurosurgery reflects their gratitude to Adler and Stanford for the care and research conducted here. Upon Adler's attaining emeritus status, the Chans have requested the professorship be renamed the John R. Adler Jr. Professorship.