On February 28th, three Stanford alumni were honored with the Dean’s Medal, one of the School of Medicine’s highest honors. This prestigious honor, presented annually, recognizes individuals whose scientific, medical, humanitarian, or other contributions have significantly advanced the mission of Stanford Medicine.

The 2015 recipients are:

  • Mariann Byerwalter, class of ‘82
  • William Brody M.D., class of ‘70 and Ph.D. ‘72
  • John Scully who received his MBA in ‘68

Marianne Byerwalter is an entrepreneur and a banker. During her time at Stanford, she received the Wallace Sterling Award for outstanding academic achievement. She was elected to the university Board of Trustees in the early ‘90s. In ’96, she served as the university’s chief financial officer and VP for business affairs. Afterwards, she joined the board of Stanford Hospital, and now is the leader of the Campaign for Stanford Medicine.

William Brody is a radiologist. Brody is most famous for coming up with the idea for one of the first open MRI machines—this idea propelled Brody to start three medical device companies. He went on to become the chair of radiology at Johns Hopkins University, rising to become president of the university in ’96. Now he does president of Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California.

John Scully has always been a businessman. In the eighth grade he purchased his first stock and made a net $120 from the purchase. He started his own investment firm at the age of 26 and has built quite the impressive professional portfolio. Now he is a board member for Stanford Health Care and has been a major contributor to the stem cell research program at the School of Medicine.

Stanford’s Schools of Medicine and Business are largely responsible for the success of these award winners, and are regarded as some of the best business and medicine programs in the world.

The School of Business is perennially atop the world’s list for best MBA programs. Stanford’s Graduate School of Business program has very close ties to Silicon Valley, with alumni founding companies like HP, Google, and Yahoo. The MBA program also boasts successful investors and advisory council members, including William Ford, the CEO of General Atlantic, and Sandra Horbach, managing director of the Carlyle Group.

Stanford’s School of Medicine is also highly respected. It is ranked 10th overall in the world for medical schools, though it is ranked 5th for research. Notable alumni from the Stanford School of Medicine include James Mongan, CEO of Partners Healthcare; Irving Weissman, founder of multiple stem cell companies, and Scott Parasynski, a former NASA astronaut.

To learn more about the accomplishments of the Dean’s Medal award winners, check out Stanford Medicine’s website.