Letter from the Dean Announcing New CDH Director
I am delighted to announce the appointment of Eleni Linos, MD, DrPH, Professor of Dermatology, and by courtesy, of Epidemiology and Population Health, as director of the Stanford Medicine Center for Digital Health (CDH).
Over her career, Dr. Linos has become renowned for using innovative technological tools and novel digital communications to address major public health issues, including cancer, mental health, and COVID-19. She is also recognized globally as a leader in dermatology, helping establish the field of geriatric dermatology and leading national melanoma prevention campaigns.
Dr. Linos brings a global perspective to her new role. Raised in Greece and educated at Cambridge and Oxford, where she earned her medical degree, she is committed to ensuring that technology is accessible, affordable, and deployed in ethical ways to improve the health of people worldwide.
This vision for the role matches her career’s trajectory. Dr. Linos has made numerous discoveries that bridge the fields of technology, public health, and dermatology and has proven adept at moving science to action. Notably, she has a track record of high-risk, high-reward projects that challenge the status quo and use technology to accelerate change and bring health and healing to the world, particularly vulnerable populations, including women, children and adolescents, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people of color. Dr. Linos’ National Institutes of Health (NIH) research awards include the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leader in Aging Award, and K24 Mentorship Award. Her current R01 is focused on the applications of telemedicine, remote image collection, and artificial intelligence in skin disease.
A dedicated educator, Dr. Linos has mentored more than 40 junior investigators and is especially committed to supporting the careers of women and individuals from groups underrepresented in medicine. She draws from this wealth of experience in recruiting, retaining, and mentoring scholars from diverse and international backgrounds to support her role as the diversity liaison in the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity.
As Director of the Center for Digital Health, Dr. Linos will draw from her global perspective and deep experience as a leader to bring people from different backgrounds together to solve our world’s most pressing health challenges. In the next year, she plans a concerted effort to raise the Center’s profile, including an expanded research portfolio, new seed-grant programs, seminar series, and new initiatives to partner with industry affiliates, Stanford University faculty, and students.
Dr. Linos is uniquely qualified to lead the Center at this critical moment for digital health. Please join me in congratulating her on her new role.
Lloyd Minor, MD
Dean, Stanford School of Medicine