David Studdert, LLB, ScD, MPH, has been named vice provost and dean of research (VPDoR) at Stanford effective Sept. 1, 2023. He succeeds Professor Kathryn “Kam” Moler, who will return to research and teaching after five years as VPDoR.
Studdert, who is a professor of health policy in the School of Medicine and a professor of law at Stanford Law School, is an expert in the fields of law and public health. As the vice provost and dean of research, he will serve as the university’s senior research officer and a senior advisor to the president and provost on a broad array of academic issues. He will also assume the role of cognizant dean for the university’s 15 independent laboratories, institutes, and centers and will be responsible for appointing faculty directors and supporting budgetary and operational planning.
“David Studdert is a superb researcher with a deep understanding of the importance of what’s needed to advance research across campus. He has a gift for dealing with difficult problems and working with stakeholders to facilitate creative and innovative solutions,” said Provost Persis Drell, who chaired the search committee. “David is widely respected for his integrity, his wisdom, and his commitment to the research enterprise. I am grateful that David has agreed to serve in this important leadership role for the university.”