Stanford Medical School dean appointed board chair of Walton School of Medicine in Bentonville

by Paul Gatling ([email protected]) 1,889 views 

Alice L. Walton School of Medicine announced Monday (Dec. 12) the appointment of nine board members, including Dr. Lloyd Minor, dean of Stanford Medicine, an academic medical center that includes the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health.

According to a news release, the board will oversee the strategic vision and guide the opening of the school, which plans to welcome its inaugural class in 2025, pending accreditation.

First announced in March 2021, the medical school is a standalone sister organization of Bentonville nonprofit Whole Health Institute, created in 2020 by Walmart Inc. heiress and philanthropist Alice Walton.

Founding board members include:

  • Founder, Alice Walton
  • Board Chair, Dr. Lloyd Minor, Stanford Medicine
  • Patrick Conway, Optum
  • Steve Nelson, Carbon, Inc.
  • Kate Hobbs Knutson, Psychiatry
  • Marc Nivet, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center
  • Cheryl Pegus, Morgan Health
  • Valerie Montgomery Rice, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • James “Jim” B. Young, Cleveland Clinic

“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Minor as our Board Chair,” Walton said in a statement. “He is dean of one of the highest-performing medical schools in the country and has years of both classroom and clinical experience. Dr. Minor brings a research and student-centered approach to his leadership that will guide our School in facing the healthcare challenges of the 21st century.

“I am grateful for his commitment to the school’s vision, along with the other nationally-respected board members who share a passion for medicine, whole health, higher education, and innovation.”

Prior to Stanford, Minor was provost and senior vice president for academic affairs for Johns Hopkins University. He is a scientist, surgeon, and academic leader, and a professor of otolaryngology head and neck surgery, bioengineering and neurobiology. In 2012, Minor was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

“I’m deeply honored to serve among such professional and forward-thinking leaders as stewards of Alice’s vision to create an MD program that combines conventional medicine and whole health principles,” Minor said.

A national search for the dean of the school is underway.

The school will be built on approximately 20 acres east of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art along Northeast J Street, north of First Presbyterian Church.

Construction of the 154,000-square-foot building will begin in the spring of 2023. Polk Stanley Wilcox is the lead architect for the project. Crossland Construction is the general contractor.