From the Dean of Faculty
Since 1816, when the first diagnostic stethoscope was invented, physicians have used technical aids, images, and biochemical and pathologic results to guide therapeutic decisions for broad patient populations. Now we are entering an era of truly wonderful diagnostic potential that incorporates highly specific genetic and clinical information to inform personalized disease treatments.
We recently launched Cedars-Sinai Precision Health to efficiently deliver precise and personalized healthcare solutions to patients. Precision medicine requires integration of advanced technology, the latest biomedical discoveries, and rigorous bioinformatics to tailor disease treatments and prevention strategies to each individual.
Our medical center is highly conducive to developing precision health solutions. Our nimble institutional environment is facilitating this medical revolution, from our impressive research talent and cutting-edge discovery approaches to our advanced electronic medical record system and wide-ranging healthcare delivery network. Thanks to these attributes, we are poised to make our mark in this growing field.
Precision medicine research and implementation rely on contemporary advancements in genomics and big data processing. We are strongly committed to further developing such pivotal resources. We have constructed a state-of-the-art tissue biobank and recruited world-class specialists, as exemplified in this issue of Discoveries.
Cedars-Sinai is exploring precision medicine beyond genetics and informatics. We are developing and studying near-patient technologies, health-related outcomes, and disease-specimen biobanking. These capabilities allow us to accelerate our comprehensive precision approach to healthcare — from prevention through recovery and beyond.
Translating promising research from the laboratory to direct patient care is at the heart of Cedars-Sinai. We have human intellectual and technological pipelines in place to transfer novel solutions from discovery to the clinic so we can help more patients, faster.
As a profession, we have come a long way in the 200 years since the advent of the stethoscope. In these pages, you will read about many of our precision health projects — and I hope you will be persuaded, as I am, that we are on the threshold of one of the most exciting moments in medical history, and are armed with a great opportunity to transform medical care.
Shlomo Melmed, MD
Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs
Dean of the Medical Faculty
Helene A. and Philip E. Hixon Distinguished Chair in Investigative Medicine