Session Abstract – PMWC 2017 Silicon Valley

Session Synopsis: Today, we have the ability to optimize wellness and aid in avoiding disease with dense, dynamic, personal data clouds, assessing both the genetic and environmental contributions to each person’s wellness. This is scientific wellness – a revolutionary new approach that gives people the information and tools to take control of their well being. Providence St. Joseph Health and the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) have recently affiliated, sharing a commitment to create healthier communities by bringing personalized medicine to patients in the Providence health system, the third largest in the US. Together, Providence St. Joseph’s and ISB are connecting groundbreaking research and clinical expertise through a number of joint translational projects focused on scientific wellness and its applications. The ultimate goal is to shift healthcare delivery from a primary disease focus to both a wellness and disease focus. This bold new approach will transform health care.

Session Chair Profile

M.D., Ph.D., Chief Science Officer, Providence Health

Previously the President of the Institute for Systems Biology, Dr. Hood’s research has focused on fundamental biology (immunity, evolution, genomics) and on bringing engineering to biology through the development of five instruments; the DNA and protein sequencers and synthesizers and the ink-jet oligonucleotide synthesizer (making DNA arrays) for deciphering the various types of biological information (DNA, RNA, proteins and systems). These instruments constitute the technological foundation for modern molecular biology and genomics. He has applied these technologies to diverse fields including immunology, neurobiology, cancer biology, molecular evolution and systems medicine. Dr. Hood is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Association of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Hood is one of only 7 (of more than 6000 members) scientists elected to all three academies (NAS, NAE and IOM). Dr. Hood has also played a role in founding more than 14 biotechnology companies, including Amgen, Applied Biosystems, Systemix, Darwin and Rosetta. He is currently pioneering systems medicine and the systems approach to disease and has recently cofounded the company Integrated Diagnostics—that hopefully will become a platform company for P4 medicine.

Speaker Profile

M.D., President, CEO, Providence St. Joseph Health

Dr. Hochman was named the 2015 Innovator of the Year by Press Ganey. He has been selected multiple times as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and 50 Most Influential Physician Executives by Modern Healthcare. He is an incoming board member of the American Hospital Association (AHA), chair elect for AHA’s Regional Policy Board 9 and vice chair elect of the board of trustees for the Catholic Health Association. Rod is actively involved in Providence Health International and has traveled to Guatemala to strengthen Providence St. Joseph Health’s initiatives to improve the health of Guatemalan communities in a sustainable way. He is passionate about the diverse resources and talents of Providence St. Joseph Health’s seven-state health system to touch lives wherever care is needed most. Rod served as a clinical fellow in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Dartmouth Medical School. He received his bachelor’s degree and medical degree from Boston University.

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