Lectures + Events

Join Us. Hear Stanford doctors and researchers speaking on a variety of health topics.

Enjoy our Community Lectures Series online and live via Zoom. Because of our live webinar format, you will be able to submit a question via the “chat” function during the presentation. And as always, our talks will be made available on the Stanford Health Care YouTube channel in case you miss it or want to share it with a friend. All lectures are free and open to the public. Please register below.


Living Your Best Life: How Palliative Care Can Help Improve Your Quality of Life

Palliative Care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness and aims to see the person beyond the disease. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of illness to improve quality of life, regardless of age or stage of illness. Grant Smith, MD, will explain the essential services and support offered through palliative care, when it might be right for you or your loved one, and the ways palliative care works alongside your other doctors to provide whole-person care.

Grant Smith, MD, is a palliative care physician and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine. He provides direct patient care while pursuing his academic and educational interests improving patient-centered care across settings, increasing access to palliative care, and promoting clinician well-being.

Thursday, October 21
7:00 pm Pacific Time

ValleyCare is 60! Join the Community Virtual Celebration

It was only six years ago that ValleyCare joined Stanford Health Care, but its founding stretches back to 1961. This year, we celebrate our 60th year of service and bright future as a leading community-centered, academic medical institution.

Join our experts live online as they share exciting medical developments, provide wellness tips, and address the health care future we’re building in the Tri-Valley. Have your questions answered and explore the virtual street fair, showcasing “booths” from various programs available to you at Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare.

Free and open to the public

Saturday, October 23
10:00 am - 2:00 pm Pacific Time

Primary Care for LGBTQ+ Patients: Take Pride in Your Health

Having a physician who is familiar with the needs of the LGBTQ+ patient increases an individual’s trust and makes it easier to communicate candidly with their doctor. This talk will reflect the range of needs that are more easily discovered and addressed as a matter of course in a practice that specializes in LGBTQ+ care. 

Benjamin Laniakea, MD, is a board-certified family medicine physician specializing in full-spectrum LGBTQ+ health. They are the Medical Director of Stanford’s LGBTQ+ Clinical Program and have been the theme lead for the Sex, Gender, and Sexual Function curriculum at the Stanford School of Medicine.

Thursday, October 28
7:00 pm Pacific Time

Type 1 Diabetes: Staying Active to Feel Your Best

Staying active is important for overall health and well-being. Dessi Zaharieva, PhD, will explore the role of exercise in managing type 1 diabetes in youth and adults.

Part one of a three-part series from Stanford's Diabetes Care Program.

Dessi Zaharieva, PhD, is an instructor of pediatric endocrinology and an exercise physiologist. Her research focuses on exercise physiology and blood glucose management in type 1 diabetes. 

Wednesday, November 3
7:00 pm Pacific Time

Improving the Diagnosis of Under-Recognized and Rare Diseases in Asians

Presented by Stanford Center for Asian Health Research and Education in partnership with Stanford Health Library

Rare diseases have a low prevalence but are collectively common. They are often under-recognized and patients can face delays in diagnosis or misdiagnosis. Linda Geng, MD, PhD, will review rare diseases as they relate to Asian health and strategies to improve diagnosis of these under-recognized conditions.

Linda Geng, MD, PhD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine whose clinical focuses includes diagnostic medicine, undiagnosed diseases and medical mysteries, rare disorders, post-acute COVID-19 syndrome (long COVID), and internal medicine. She is the Co-Director of Stanford’s Consultative Medicine Clinic and Co-Director of Stanford’s Post-Acute COVID-19 Syndrome Clinic.

Tuesday, November 9
7:00 pm Pacific Time

Managing Type 1 Diabetes

Marina Basina, MD, will review the latest research and technological advances as they relate to managing type 1 diabetes. 

Part two of a three-part series from Stanford's Diabetes Care Program.

Marina Basina, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, focuses on diabetes management, thyroid, and adrenal conditions. Her primary interests are type 1 diabetes, diabetes technology, and diabetes in pregnancy.  

Wednesday, November 10
7:00 pm Pacific Time

Navigating Diabetic Medications

Part of the monthly Diabetes Wellness Webinar Series

Stanford Diabetes Care Program

Stanford clinical pharmacists will discuss how to best take your medications for diabetes. Learn tips about how to manage medication costs and how to integrate your medications into your daily life. We will also discuss safe ways to use herbal supplements for diabetes.

Stanford Health Care Pharmacy

Thursday, November 11
5:00 pm Pacific Time

Type 1 Diabetes: Macronutrients and Boluses

Eat Smart, Feel Good

Leah Groppo, Registered Dietitian, will talk about how different macronutrients affect bolus types and doses.  

Part three of a three-part series from Stanford's Diabetes Care Program.

Leah Groppo, RD, MS, BC-ADM, CDCES, is a Clinical Dietitian in Stanford’s Endocrinology Clinic and Diabetes Care Program.

Wednesday, November 17
7:00 pm Pacific Time

End of Year Celebration

Part of the monthly Diabetes Wellness Webinar Series

Stanford Diabetes Care Program

How to celebrate holiday season 2021 is a great question for all. The diabetes wellness group team is going to be sure it’s fun and tastes good. Join Anna as she cooks some favorite holiday desserts that are fun to eat but include lower carbohydrate options. Recipes will be provided.

Anna Simos, MPH, MS, CDCES
Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist

Thursday, December 9
5:00 pm Pacific Time

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