Second Opinion Specialist

Beverly Hills Institute for Precision Medicine

Precision Medicine located in Sherman Oaks, CA

As a board-certified internist who holds an advanced degree in physiology and certification in genetics, William Stanford, MD, PhD, FACP, and the team at Beverly Hills Institute for Precision Medicine offer in-depth and insightful second opinions to guide your health care decisions. Have a challenging medical case? Tired of going to doctors and not getting any answers? Are you looking for a doctor who will spend more time with you and your personal health picture? Call Beverly Hills Institute for Precision Medicine for a second opinion – they call this program MD 2.5. They take a deeper dive using the power of genetics and other precision medicine tools to shine a light on areas that need a second look. They collaborate with physicians, providing MD 2.5 as an add-on service for their patients. The team offers the convenience of direct access to a doctor via phone or video conferencing and home visits. If you or your patient would like to learn more about the MD 2.5 program, book an appointment online, or call the office based in Sherman Oaks, California. One of their doctors or nurses will be available to take your call.

Second Opinion Q & A

What is a second opinion?

Typically a second opinion refers to getting advice from a qualified physician who is different from your primary care provider or the specialist who diagnosed your condition or developed your current treatment plan.

Because of their expertise in genetics and precision medicine, Beverly Hills Institute for Precision Medicine frequently gets requests from patients and physicians to provide a second set of eyes, especially for unusual or rare cases. They collaborate with other physicians and specialists to help determine an accurate diagnosis and formulate an effective treatment plan.

When would a second opinion be beneficial?

A second opinion can help to clarify the next steps when you're uncertain about a diagnosis, determining the best treatment, or when symptoms persist despite medical care.

People frequently schedule a consultation for a second opinion when they:

  • Face a difficult medical decision like surgery
  • Face treatment recommendations that are risky or experimental
  • Aren't sure if certain tests are needed
  • Want to learn if they have other treatment options
  • Still have pain or other problems after treatment
  • Are concerned they don't have the right diagnosis
  • Have an unusual or rare case

When providing a second opinion, Dr. Stanford takes a personalized approach that typically includes reviewing existing test results and offering another layer of vital information obtained from a type of genetic testing called whole genome sequencing, or other multiomic tests.

How does precision medicine support MD 2.5?

Dr. Stanford's highly specialized approach to precision medicine relies on whole genome sequencing, specially targeted labs and a patient’s medical history. 

When most doctors run genetic tests, they evaluate only one gene or a small portion of your DNA. Whole genome sequencing maps all of your DNA. The advantage of obtaining a comprehensive DNA profile is that it reveals details such as:

  • Your precise diagnosis (even when standard diagnostic tests remain inconclusive)
  • The severity of any existing disease
  • Your genetic predisposition for future disease
  • How you metabolize medications
  • Genetic components of a current disease

These details, along with specialty lab results, and a doctor that spends time getting to know his patients and their history, allow Dr. Stanford to recommend precise treatment options, determine if surgery is advised, and identify the most appropriate medications for your metabolism. 

After your MD 2.5 consultation, Dr. Stanford follows up, providing reports and information via email.

Are there additional benefits to the MD 2.5 program?

Dr. Stanford is a uniquely experienced internist putting him in a unique position to analyze medical records and patient data to get to the heart of complex medical problems. He was selected to participate in the prestigious Physician Scientist Training Program at UCLA – and he completed his MD and PhD in physiology – adding him to a remarkably short list of physicians in the world that have completed this training program. 

As a practicing physician, Dr. Stanford was a pioneer in the field of hospital medicine. In 2002, he founded and led a 25-physician group of private practice hospitalists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. After an extensive clinical career as the attending-of-record for over 100,000 patient encounters, he was elected by his peers at Cedars-Sinai to be Clinical Chief of General Internal Medicine — serving in this capacity from 2017 to 2018. 

Additionally, prior to Dr. Stanford’s medical career, he was educated as a mechanical and aerospace engineer and worked for Texas Instruments (TI). After seven years at TI, he committed to pursuing a career as a physician-scientist. He worked as a certified flight instructor for two years while completing premedical course requirements, a research rotation at UT-Southwestern, and volunteer work at Parkland Hospital, prior to beginning medical training at UCLA. 


This is just some of the history that continues to inform his unique perspective on medicine, science, risk analysis, and the MD 2.5 program. These experiences allow him to make responsible assessments and recommendations based on the information presented.

How does the MD 2.5 program prevent future disease?

Beyond helping you make informed decisions about a current health challenge, the MD 2.5 program with Dr. Stanford can give you or your patient the tools to prevent future diseases.

When testing reveals genetic variations that increase a patient’s risk of developing certain diseases, Dr. Stanford develops an action plan showing the steps they can take to change the outcome.

Patients don't need to accept a genetic destiny when diet, lifestyle, and medical care can affect how genes react. Your choices can turn on genes that fight disease and turn off genes that might cause health problems.

If you have a rare or unusual case, or an ailment requiring a second opinion, call the office or book an appointment online. One of their doctors or nurses will be available to take your call.

If you or your patient want to learn more about how precision medicine can help you live an active, thriving life, book a consultation online or call Beverly Hills Institute for Precision Medicine, based in Sherman Oaks, California. The team offers the convenience of direct access to a doctor via phone or video conferencing. One of their doctors or nurses will be available to take your call today.