Keynote Speaker: Eric J. Topol
March 5, 2013
- 9:30 AM
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Eric J. Topol
West Endowed Chair of Innovative Medicine, Scripps Health and Professor of Genomics, The Scripps Research Institute
As a leader in the movement to modernize medical treatment through the latest technology, Dr. Topol is creating new, more effective ways to treat patients — ways that will dramatically bring down the costs of healthcare. His new book, The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How The Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care, is about how social networking, smartphones and the powerful new tools that sequence each individual’s genome will give consumers control of their own individual information and revolutionize medicine. He is also a leading medical researcher in the area of genomics, where his work has led to the discovery of the genes that increase a person’s risk of heart attack. He has pioneered new drugs and new advances in the treatment of heart disease. Dr. Topol is working to bring a new kind of medicine into widespread practice: specifically-designed treatments based on the individual’s unique genetic structure and physiology. This innovative approach, combined with the latest in medical technology, opens up a world of highly individualized treatment, better care, reduced need for hospital beds and lower costs for everybody.
As director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, he is dedicated to training new generations of physicians and scientists for research based careers — bringing together the latest scientific findings and clinical work for more effective medical care. His voluminous medical research has led him to being named "Doctor of the Decade" by the Institute for Scientific Information. In 2012, he was named the Most Influential Physician Executive in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine. He was also named one of the twelve "Rock Stars of Science" by GQ.
A distinguished physician and scientist, Dr. Topol will offer his perspectives on the digital technology revolution and its applications for improving healthcare.