A fascinating interview with Phyllis I. Gardner, a Professor of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Teaching moral values is the most important thing indeed.
"Before Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of Stanford University to start the blood-testing company Theranos, she asked one of her professors for advice. That professor, Phyllis I. Gardner, told her that the science wasn’t there, that it wouldn’t work. Holmes didn’t listen, and the rest is history — headlines, really. In 2018, Holmes settled civil fraud charges with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. And this month a federal court will hear from Holmes and her former business partner, who have been charged with deceiving investors, patients, and doctors. Holmes has denied wrongdoing.
Gardner said it wasn’t going to work. Lots of people didn’t believe her. Now, one blockbuster Wall Street Journalinvestigation and a book, documentary, podcast, and federal lawsuit later, Gardner, a professor in the School of Medicine, was proved right.
As Holmes’s story unfolds, and onlookers, including universities, try to glean lessons from the bad blood, Gardner said they should emphasize to students the importance of developing values rather than chasing a billion-dollar idea. She spoke with The Chronicle about her role as an adviser and why it’s not enough for students to pay lip service to empathy, honesty, and the other virtues they should have learned along the way — they have to live them. "
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