Michael J. Stamos, M.D.
University of California, Irvine
Dean, School of Medicine
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Michael J. Stamos, MD, is the dean of UCI School of medicine, a position he has held since 2016. Dean Stamos was born in Miami, Florida and received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his surgery internship and residency at the University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Medical Center in Miami, Florida, and received additional fellowship training at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Dr. Stamos then moved west where he joined the UCLA faculty and worked primarily at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California as a busy clinician and division chief for 11 years.

In 2002, he moved to UC Irvine and in 2010, he assumed the leadership role as chair of the department of surgery, a role he enjoyed until February 2016, when he assumed the role of dean.  In his tenure, he has led the UCI School of Medicine to a successful LCME reaccreditation, and serves as leader of the UCI Health clinical integration and strategic plan initiatives.

Dr. Stamos is a past president of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (ABCRS), as well as past president of the Research Foundation of ASCRS. He has published more than 235 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 38 chapters, and has served as editor on nine textbooks, including the ASCRS Textbook of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

As a busy clinician, Dr. Stamos developed his leadership skills while maintaining his clinical interests.  He is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease using minimally invasive surgery and sphincter-preserving techniques. His research background is centered on outcomes research and innovative clinical trials that have helped define approaches to patient care in his field. Since 1998, he has been continuously recognized in Best Doctors in America®.

Alternate Member
Suzanne Sandmeyer, Ph.D.
Vice Dean for Research, School of Medicine
University of California, Irvine

Suzanne Sandmeyer, PhD, is Vice Dean for Research at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. In that capacity she oversees a team that works to support biomedical research development, innovation and translation into public benefits. She is committed to applying emerging technologies including stem cell technologies to improvements in the efficiency and efficacy of health care for individuals while reducing costs.

Sandmeyer first joined the UC Irvine Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, subsequently transferred as Chair to the Department of Biological Chemistry.  Her research laboratory strives to understand the genomic impact of retroviruslike elements by probing how they utilize host functions to replicate and target integration into the host genome. In addition, her laboratory has used genomics technology to develop oleaginous yeast as a respiratory single-cell metabolic model.  As Director of a UCI genomics and bioinformatics facility, she has taken an active role in promoting accessibility of emerging genomics technologies.

Sandmeyer has served on national advisory panels, including the NCI Basic Sciences Board of Scientific Counselors, Genetics Study Section, and NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Editorial Panel. She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

Sandmeyer earned her BA degree from Carleton College and her PhD in biochemistry from the University of Washington.  She trained in molecular genetics as a Damon Runyon postdoctoral fellow with Maynard Olson, PhD, at Washington University.

updated 2.25.21