Letter from the SMAA president

Newton Harband, MD, '66

Dear Alumni,

Summer approaches: a time for reflection and anticipation of new and better activities involving Stanford School of Medicine and its alumni. My year as president has been full of interesting issues and activities — including brainstorming about how to increase alumni participation. As Stanford Medical Alumni Association president I have tried to facilitate communication with the medical school by meeting with Dean Pizzo nearly every month. Living locally has made this easy for me but phone calls and e-mail make this available to all future presidents.

The May board of governors meeting was noteworthy in several respects. Dean Pizzo explained in broad outline the new curriculum to be unveiled this fall and we were introduced to the SMILE (Stanford Medical Information and Learning Environment) project. New board members were announced: Greg Engel ’97, Jane Chen Lombard ’83 and Norman Tong ’68. Arthur Riesenfeld ’55A will be our new president and Linda Clever ’65 is president-elect.

The alumni weekend, Sterling Award dinner, CME symposium and class reunions in early May were a success. Thanks go to our SMAA staff for the smooth operation of the whole weekend. About 100 medical alumni attended. William Brody ’70 was our Sterling Award (Mule Shoe) honoree and speeches at that event, held at the Arrillaga Alumni Center, were of high caliber. The CME symposium “Stanford MDs: Leaders in the Field of Oncology” was enjoyed by all. Kudos to our speakers: Dean Pizzo, Robert Carlson, Steven Hancock, Ronald Levy and Irving Weissman.

Thanks to all the alumni who helped make this a truly wonderful year for me.


Newton Harband, MD, ’66

President Stanford Medical Alumni Association, 2002-03

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