Eric Lefkofsky’s latest start-up venture, a genomics firm called Tempus, is helping doctors at the Mayo Clinic make breakthroughs in treating cancer patients. And they aren’t stopping there. Tempus has several other medical partnerships in the works and is hoping to secure others, all with the intention of finding the best treatments for cancer sufferers.
Tempus is gathering the genomic information of over 1000 patients in the Mayo Clinic Partnership alone. This information will then be parsed, cataloged, analyzed, and compared to others to see where similarities and differences lie. In addition, the data will be updated throughout the patient’s treatment and paired with which treatments are successful for which patients. Eric Lefkofsky’s company will then look for patterns that can help the doctors.
What They’re Looking For
Lefkofsky’s goal in all of this is to find a common link between people for whom certain therapies seem to work. Currently, the field of cancer treatment is a bit like playing darts blindfolded. Physicians are forced, on some level, to throw treatments at patients, hoping to find the right one for them. Tempus hopes to find a genetic link — to develop the ability to point to a specific set of DNA and let the patient know which therapies will work best for unique situation.
How It Will Help
The key to treating cancer is to find an effective therapy quickly and safely. Doctors must be aggressive enough to stop the development of cancer right away while subjecting the patient’s body to as little damage as possible from invasive treatments. If Lefkofsky’s plan is successful, the doctors will know immediately which therapies the individual patient will respond to, saving precious time, money, and lives.
For more information on Eric Lefkofsky’s brilliant new start-up Tempus, see this article in the Chicago Tribune.
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Just arriving among the ranks of the nation’s board-certified plastic surgeons is accomplishment enough to merit serious respect. To then stand out, even among such a class of exalted peers, is an even more mind-bogglingly supreme achievement.
Dr. Rod Rohrich has done precisely that. He has distinguished himself as perhaps the leading authority on plastic surgery in the United States. There is probably not a man alive who can claim more accomplishment in the field than Dr. Rohrich. He has delivered more than 900 medical presentations to forums all over the globe. He is the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles, making him the most prolific contributor to the medical literature on plastic surgery currently living. He may be the single most influential thinker and practitioner in plastic and reconstructive surgery who has ever lived.
Some may be tempted to ask, “so what?” After all, what is a plastic surgeon but another provider of luxury accessories to bored housewives and rapidly aging ex-beauties who vainly seek to recapture their youth and beauty of yore? A cardiothoracic surgeon, a trauma surgeon and an oncologist are men who are worthy of respect and recognition. They tangibly save lives and return the sick to health. What does a plastic surgeon do besides indulge the vanity of the too-well-off?
But this is a severely misguided thought process. What Dr. Rohrich and other pioneers of plastic and reconstructive surgery do is easily as important as any other subdiscipline within the hospital’s surgical ward. Dr. Rohrich has developed novel approaches and procedures that allow for those who have been horribly disfigured by accidents and medical treatments to regain function and go about living fulfilling lives, lives that would not have otherwise been possible without the intervention of the plastic surgeon.
One of the areas in which modern plastic surgery has contributed mightily to public health is in the advancements made in recent years in treating those who have had to undergo radical surgery for cancer. Such surgeries include masectomies, large-scale excisions and other highly invasive procedures that can create bodily dysfunctions and rob the patient of their dignity and self-confidence. The importance of plastic surgery in restoring these patients to a state of good health almost cannot be overstated. For this, talented and innovative surgeons like Dr. Rohrich deserve every bit as much respect and admiration as any other practicing surgeon in the U.S. medical system.
Dr. Jennifer Walden is a very well known plastic surgeon located in Austin, Texas. She began her education in 1990 at the University of Texas, where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Biology and graduated with Honors. While attending the University she was a part of several groups; Women of Medicine, Pi Beta Phi, etc. Dr. Walden then continued at the same University to obtain her MD in Medicine, attending the medical branch at Galveston. After graduation, she continued on to Plastic Surgery Residency, where she gained much of her first hands on knowledge. Dr. Walden also did a Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital.
Dr. Jennifer Walden is such a dedicated and successful plastic surgeon. Not only has she gone through years of schooling to achieve her highest degree, Doctor of Medicine, she has gained several certifications. Following her Fellowship, Dr. Walden became certified as part of the American Board Of Plastic Surgery. Being a part of AMPS shows that the high standards of training requirements has been met and all required examinations have been successfully passed. She is also holds a medical license in three states, her own state of Texas, New York and Florida. Lastly, Dr. Walden is certified with the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities. AAAASF is a non profit organization that accredits outpatient facilities and holds them to the same standards as hospitals.
In 2004, Dr. Walden began a private practice for cosmetic plastic surgery in Manhattan. Her practice was called Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon and Associate, Aston Plastic Surgery. She held on to this practice for seven and a half years in Manhattan, until she relocated back to Austin, Texas. She relocated so her twin boys could be raised around family. Since then her practice has grown and so has her accreditation. Dr. Jennifer Walden is a successful owner and medical director of her own AAAASF accredited solo practice, to this day, located in Austin, Texas.
Amicus Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical firm based in New Jersey, America. The firm went public in 2007 under the trading name, NASDAQ (Google Finance). The establishment of Amicus Therapeutics was financed by selected capital venture firms such as Radius Venture, New Enterprise Associates, and Canaan Partners. The organization focuses on the treatment of rare and orphan diseases, more so lysosomal storage disorders. The product development of the company is primarily based on CHART (Chaperone-Advanced Replacement Therapy), as well as enzyme replacement therapies.
In 2014, Amicus Therapeutics was noted as one of the companies that have the broadest portfolio of pharmacological chaperones small molecule in the pharmaceutical industry. Moreover, Amicus Therapeutics has a robust development pipeline for the treatment of various human genetic disease. For example, Amicus Therapeutics has a lead product known as migalastat. The product is a personalized medicine that is used for treating people with Fabry disease. Amicus Therapeutics is also working in collaboration with JCR Pharmaceutical and GlaxoSmithKline to explore coformulation with the recombinant alpha-galactosidase. However, the collaboration lasted for only three years.
Amicus does not have the manufacturing capability to produce its products. It relies on contracts from other companies for the manufacturing process. However, in 2008, the company expanded its operation. Apart from the normal research site in New Jersey, Amicus Therapeutics also has another research site in San Diego. Since its establishment, Amicus has been on the good side of the business. In 2010, Amicus Therapeutics received a grant worth $500000 from Michael Joseph Fox Foundation. The grant was meant to support the research study that was being conducted by Amicus in partnership with David Geffen Medical School. The company also received another grant worth $210300 from ADDF (Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation). Amicus Therapeutics used the grant to support its pre-clinical work. Also, in 2013, Amicus was able to have the necessary intellectual property and proprietary materials for the treatment of Pompe infection.
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Dr. Andrew Manganaro studied Biology and Philosophy and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude. He got his M.D from the NY University of Medicine and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha. Andrew completed his residency in general surgery at the NYU Bellevue Hospital Medical Center. From here, he spent two years as a cardiovascular physiology research fellow at UCLA School of Medicine. He joined the University of Rochester and completed his residency and chief residency in vascular and cardiothoracic surgery. Upon completion of his residency, he obtained board certification to practice Thoracic Surgery.
Andrew spent the next three decades in private practice of thoracic, vascular and cardiac surgery. Upon his retirement, he became the Chief Medical Officer at the Life Line Screening. He holds this position to date.
The idea of Life Line Screening started while Andrew was a cardiovascular surgeon. He experienced several catastrophic cases such as completed carotid embolic and ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms. According to Andrew, these cases could have been easily prevented had the patients being aware of such asymptomatic diseases prior to the catastrophe occurring. The LLS is meant to tackle such issues.
Dr. Andrew spends a good part of his day maintain quality assurance, supervising the several physicians who are board certified, overseeing LLS’ research efforts, and overseeing the whole clinical department. In conjunction with the cooperation and hard work of his talented team, he is able to easily bring his ideas to life. The rise in awareness among medical scientists in identifying asymptomatic disease while in its early stage is one trend that excites Dr. Andrew. He claims that such awareness empowers family doctors to help their patients in medication and lifestyle changes to prevent future catastrophes and progression of diseases. Preventive health screenings used by LLS
During ultrasound screening, high-frequency sound waves get transmitted to the desired body parts and the echo is recorded. LLS utilizes modern Doppler color flow technology in the screening of carotid artery, bone mineral screening, and abdominal aortic aneurysm.
- Finger-stick blood screening
LLS offer finger-stick screening that is capable of identifying important risk factors for diabetes and heart diseases. The results are fast and accurate.
- Limited electrocardiograph
LLS uses EKG in the detection of atrial fibrillation. The screening is non-invasive and no preparation or clothes removal is required.
Relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease whereby the immune system attacks the primary nervous system. As per new clinical trials, one contracts the condition in case of a high measure of immunosuppressive therapy followed by transplantation of an individual’s blood-making stem cells.
Further, the results show that patients who have been on high-dose immunosuppressive therapy and autologous hematopoietic cell transplant (HDIT/HCT) for over five years have been surviving without experiencing disabilities. The said medication is more effective compared to MS, as per discovery made.
The Influence of Dr. Shiva Gopal Vasishta in the Health Sector
Dr. Shiva Gopal Vasishta is a Voorhees-based Neurologist with over thirty-eight years of experience in diverse fields. In the Medicare program, Dr. Shiva Gopal Vasishta has critical roles entirely under his supervision.
Dr. Shiva Gopal Vasishta also has several medical identifiers, taxonomies and certifications. His expertise in psychiatry is equally praiseworthy, putting him in the limelight not only in Voorhees but also in the entire country.
Role of Medicare Program
Above named program is governmental and sells insurance covers to people aged sixty-five and above. In it still, there is coverage of individual cases of persons sustaining conditions such as permanent kidney failure among others. At Medicare, an assignment implies that you are eligible to have the insurer foot the bill. That is why it best serves the old and people in individual categories.
Different people experience MS symptoms differently. They range from difficulties in speech, chronic body pains, lethargy and general body weakness. Sometime back 24 people volunteered to help test the safety and durability of HDIT/HCT. As per the results, the volunteers attested having experienced severe infection and worsened neural infirmity. Researchers are to endeavor in further exploration so as to eventually get the ultimate remedy that will not cause terrible side effects and cutback.
Sergio Cortes, a medical specialist, explained why men experience pregnancy related symptoms when their spouses are expectant. This condition is little known and is related to some taboos according to the expert Cortes. This condition is called Couvade syndrome and cause men to experience pregnancy related symptoms, although it is not a disease. Men will experience symptoms like vomiting, dizziness, weight gain and nausea. The condition is not generic as many patients tend to think, but is as a result of hormonal reaction in the body of a man.
After conducting his research and analysis, Sergio Cortes concluded that majority encounter this condition when their spouses are pregnant. These symptoms are involuntary, and those affected should not worry because the symptoms will disappear after sometime. After researching, he found out that first time fathers are largely affected by this condition. Additionally, men who have waited for a long time without kids are also faced with this condition. The emotional feelings and attachment these men have towards pregnant women make them susceptible to pregnancy syndrome. Also, anxiety is another cause of this condition according to Sergio Cortes. He points out that the physical reaction experienced by men is as a result of mental subversion, and it has been proven that they experience some sort of brain changes because of the feeling of being fathers.
The medical expert explains that it is perfectly right for a man to have those feelings whenever his wife is pregnant. The feelings of fatherhood lead to men to have this condition of “phantom pregnancy”. Sergio has made some theories in regard to this syndrome because he thinks the feeling of insecure or anxiety appears natural in this case. He suggests that those who develop this syndrome because of the affection the father has to the child. Also, majority of men treat their wives in a special way like making decisions that would favor their partners while themselves are left on the background.
From the hormonal approach, it has been proved that a man will have certain hormones increase in numbers when their spouses are in their early or late pregnancies. The syndrome doesn’t always lead to mental problems, and patients should seek the help of physicians when the symptoms are severe.
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Dr. Jennifer Walden is a cosmetic surgeon who practices in Westlake Hills, a suburb of Austin, Texas, and has a satellite cosmetic surgery clinic in Marble Falls, Texas. Being a female cosmetic surgeon, she is only one of about 850 female cosmetic surgeons in the country, compared to over 8000 males. There are only around 180 of those who are members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. She is one of a dozen female cosmetic surgeons that practice in Texas.
Training and Career
Dr. Walden earned a degree in Biology at the University of Texas and attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Her medical career began in New York at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital where she was mentored by Dr. Sherrell Aston, considered an expert in aesthetic plastic surgery.
She decided to return to Austin in 2011 and founded the Walden Cosmetic Surgery Center. She added the satellite clinic in Marble Falls, Texas in 2014. Professional memberships include the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Awards and Distinctions
Dr. Walden graduated with honors when she received her Bachelor’s Degree and graduated Salutatorian from the University of Texas Medical Branch. She is one of only a handful of women asked to serve on the board of directors for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. She was one of the authors of the textbook Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
She is a media spokesperson American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. She was named a Texas Super Doctor by Texas Monthly and included on the list of 24 Best Beauty Surgeons in 2014 in Harper’s Bazaar.
Dr. Walden takes the time to be actively involved in philanthropic work. When she was in New York, she was on the board of directors for the Weston United Community Renewal, a non-profit organization that provides housing for the homeless and mentally ill. She was a volunteer with various non-profit groups that offer medical services, including Austin Smiles.
She supports the Food in Tummies program, a project of the Junior League of Austin. This program provides food during the weekend to children who qualify for the free or reduced lunch program. She also serves on the Go Red for Women campaign’s Executive Leadership Team.
Deciding who to trust in Dallas, Texas with a plastic surgery procedure has been made a little easier with the publication of a list detailing the top surgeons in the city. D Magazine published the annual list of top surgeons in Dallas and once again Dr. Rod Rohrich was named by his peers in the medical community as one of the top surgeons available to those seeking cosmetic and medically required surgery. Rohrich has been a major advocate over recent years for patient safety and the reduction of problems for many by using a sophisticated algorithm produced for patient safety and individual procedures created for the individual patient.
Rohrich has been a major force in the field of plastic surgery with the introduction of a large number of research papers and his skills, which include taking over the care of patients who are unhappy with their original surgery. As a leader in plastic surgery at UT Southeastern Medical Center Rohrich has recently been attempting to reduce the number of problems seen with patients suffering from side effects and unhappiness with their first procedure. Amongst the procedures Dr. Rohrich has become famous for completing are secondary rhinoplasty surgeries that correct the mistakes of an initial procedure that did not provide the realistic appearance Dr. Rod Rohrich is concerned with developing for each patient.
The award of the prestigious D Magazine Award comes at a time when Rod Rohrich has been active in the media and at plastic surgery seminars calling for a change in how the majority of the plastic surgery industry operates. Rohrich has been looking for a greater understanding of how the skin ages as humans grow older and recently published a paper he hopes will help other surgeons understand how the skin changes with age and use this to develop techniques for each patient to receive with even basic surgeries. Despite being awarded the honor from D Magazine Rohrich was at pains to explain how each and every patient should seek out the surgeon they feel comfortable with and one with a high quality reputation.