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Dr. Eric Topol

"Father of Personalized Medicine"

Eric J. Topol (born 1954), "The Father of Personalized Medicine," is an American cardiologist, geneticist, and digital medicine researcher. Before moving to Scripps in 2006, Topol served as chairman of cardiovascular medicine at Cleveland Clinic (1991-2005) and founded the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Topol was one of the first researchers to question the cardiovascular safety of rofecoxib (Vioxx), culminating in the drug's ultimate withdrawal from the market. Topol's advocacy on the subject led to what the New York Times described as an "unusually public dispute" with the Cleveland Clinic's leadership over ties between the academic institution and the pharmaceutical industry,[1] ultimately leading to Topol's departure from the Clinic after his administrative position as head of the Clinic's academic program was abolished. Topol is the Founder and Director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute[2] in La Jolla, California. He also serves as the Chief Academic Officer for Scripps Health, a Professor of Genomics at The Scripps Research Institute, and a Senior Consultant at the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases at Scripps Clinic. He is editor-in-chief of Medscape and In 2012, he published a book called The Creative Destruction of Medicine which examined the impact of both the genomic and wireless revolutions on the health care system. In 2013, he appeared on The Colbert Report and examined the host Stephen Colbert using several devices featured in his book. His most recent book The Patient Will See You Now, published in 2015, explores how smartphones, big data, and technology are combining to democratize health care. In 2016, Topol co-founded[3] YouBase, a company developing an individual-centric health data platform. In 2016, Topol was awarded a $207M grant from the National Institutes of Health to lead a significant part of the Precision Medicine Initiative, a one million American prospective research program. DIRECTOR'S NOTE: WANT TO "DIG DEEPER"? THEN CHECK OUT SOME OF DR. TOPOL'S EXCELLENT BOOKS INCLUDING, "THE PATIENT WILL SEE YOU NOW," AND "THE CREATIVE DESTRUCTION OF MEDICINE" AT YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE OR ON AMAZON: PERHAPS YOU WANT TO BE A DOCTOR OR A NURSE OR A HEALTH PROFESSIONAL YOURSELF? MAYBE YOU JUST WANT SOMETHING REALLY SMART TO READ IN THE WAITING ROOM, SOMETHING THAT WILL IMPRESS YOUR OWN DOCTOR--