Three win School of Medicine’s highest honor

Dean's Medal recipients
Sean Parker, School of Medicine Dean Lloyd Minor, Ann Arvin and John Levin at the ceremony for the School of Medicine’s Dean’s Medal.

A distinguished Stanford physician-scientist, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist and a lawyer/alumnus with a long record of public service are this year’s recipients of the Dean’s Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the School of Medicine.

The 2016 medal recipients are ANN ARVIN, vice provost and dean of research; entrepreneur and philanthropist SEAN PARKER; and attorney JOHN LEVIN, chair of the Stanford Health Care board of directors.

The medal honors individuals who have made scientific, medical, humanitarian, public service or other contributions that have significantly advanced the mission of the school.

Arvin has dedicated her career to infectious diseases in children, particularly the varicella zoster virus, which causes chickenpox and shingles. Her clinical studies, funded by the National Institutes of Health, helped contribute to the development of the vaccine against chickenpox and the shingles vaccine. She served as the chief of pediatric infectious diseases at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford before being named vice provost in 2006. In that capacity, she oversees Stanford’s interdisciplinary research institutes, university research policies and the Office of Technology Licensing.

Parker is a philanthropist and entrepreneur with a record of launching genre-defining companies and organizations. He is the founder and president of the Parker Foundation, which focuses on three areas: life sciences, global public health and civic engagement. Earlier this year, the foundation announced a $250 million grant to launch the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy to spur research on the relationship between the immune system and cancer. Stanford Medicine is one of the six participating institutions.

Levin was first drawn to Stanford by a program in the Graduate School of Education that allowed him to complete a master’s degree in education while teaching at a local high school. He was then accepted to Stanford Law School, where he received his law degree in 1973.

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