From Loss to a Legacy of Hope: A Father’s Journey

Esther Ting was a happy child who loved to read and travel to Japan with her father.  As she became a teenager and young adult, she encountered the challenges that many her age face.  It was a phone call during her freshman year at college that brought her struggles home and changed the journey for George Ting, MD, and his daughter.
Despite the best efforts of her father and friends, Esther died of a drug overdose just short of her 19th birthday. Dr. Ting shares his journey from loss to healing in this moving short film and explains why he chose to establish the Esther Ting Memorial Professorship in addiction medicine at Stanford. He explains why he believes that "the concentration of intellectual firepower at Stanford" will help make a real difference in our understanding of addiction—enabling the development of new treatments and influencing the enactment of more effective public policy.

Keith Humphreys, PhD, was formally invested as the inaugural holder of the Esther Ting Memorial Professorship on January 23, 2018. The professorship will enable his research, teaching, and extensive public policy work.  By endowing a professorship, which exists in perpetuity, Dr. Ting discovered his philanthropy will have an enduring impact and go on to offer hope for other families battling addiction.

To learn how you can support Stanford research and discoveries that help prevent and overcome addiction, contact Lyra Ghose at or (650) 862-5324.