I write to share news of today’s announcement that Christopher Dawes will retire as CEO of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford (LPCH). While Chris had intended to remain in the role until a replacement is recruited, recent health developments have led him to announce an immediate medical leave of absence as well. Jeffrey Chambers, Board of Directors Chair for LPCH | Stanford Children’s Health, has announced that Dr. Dennis (Denny) Lund, Chief Medical Officer, will serve as Interim CEO.
I extend the deepest appreciation to Chris for his countless contributions to Stanford Medicine over his nearly 30-year career on our campus. Chris has been a tireless champion of this institution and of children’s health more broadly, ushering us through the original opening of the Children’s Hospital and then—almost two decades later—the opening of another remarkable LPCH building this past December. Included in these years when Chris was at the helm were many remarkable advances in the care of our youngest patients, research into the fundamental causes of the health conditions that so greatly impact their lives, and training of the wonderful pediatric professionals who strive to keep them well.
I am extraordinarily grateful to Chris for his dedication to Stanford and commitment to ensuring better health outcomes for children here in our community, and around the world.