Speaker Profile

M.D., Managing Partner, Private Medical

Jordan Shlain MD is a physician, entrepreneur, publisher and healthcare systems designer. He is the founder of Healthloop, the editor-in-chief at Tincture and a practicing primary care doctor with offices and partners in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. His leadership has emphasized a fundamental redesign of how healthcare is delivered, utilized and understood in the context of proactive communication, individualized surveillance, shared-decision making, on-demand access and a deep sense of empathy and the human spirit. He is the founder and chairman of the Institute for Responsible Nutrition, a non-profit working to change our food composition to reduce the alarming trend of children getting ‘adult-onset’ diabetes as well as an active board member for the Washington DC based, Hope Street Group. In 2009, the mayor of San Francisco asked Dr. Shlain to serve on the San Francisco Health Commission where he oversaw an $800MM budget for 47,000 employees.


The Intersection of Primary Care & Genomics
The world of research is moving fast. The world of clinical medicine is moving slow. In the world of entrepreneurship and start-ups the mantra is move fast and break things…in the world of healthcare, it’s move slow and don’t kill people. For all the talk of data driven science, we need to be rational, realistic and reasonable when we begin to apply theory to reality. To quote Yogi Berra: In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. Genomics is coming, let’s be thoughtful in it’s application to practice.

Session Abstract – PMWC 2017 Silicon Valley

Session Synopsis: Historically genetic testing has been restricted to affected families due to the high cost of DNA sequencing. As costs come down we now have the capability to provide comprehensive genetic testing as part of health and prevention programs based on personal utility. This session explores the value and pitfalls of genetic testing in the healthy population.

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