Captured by Business First of Columbus
Why did you get into this profession?
I am fascinated by the complexity of our bodies and the foundational opportunity to improve people’s lives – quality and quantity. Moreover, I am fascinated by understanding the critical issues that determine human health and balance, which is the foundation for P4 (predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory) medicine. To realize P4 medicine, we need to create tools to promote health, create the environment or ecosystem that makes change easy and create the design to deliver a superior user experience. These principles of designing the tools, the world and the user experience is the secret to making health care transition from the doctor’s office and hospital to all parts of our life.
Is it as fulfilling as you thought it would be?
It is even more fulfilling that I originally planned. The ability to help people achieve beyond their expectations is tangible. I now appreciate the personal relationships, the ability to impact people’s lives and the extraordinarily important simple gifts of love, health, independence, family and purpose.
What’s the most exciting thing happening today in your industry?
Many exciting things are happening, including an expanded understanding of the genetic basis of human health and disease through research efforts, the rapid lowering of the cost of genetic sequencing, new precision drugs for a number of diseases based on genetic targets, including cancer, heart disease and neurological disease, are few examples of precision medicine. While these advances are exciting, they largely are dealing with sickness. Tomorrow, we want to move medicine from clinical disease to health and understand how we predict the risk of developing these problems, prevent these problems from occurring, personalize the approach and have true participation from our communities which is the basis of P4 Medicine.