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Mark Boguski on Antidotes to Overspecialization in Medicine

Episode Summary

Dr. Mark Boguski argues in this week's episode that diagnostic management teams consisting of physicians from diverse specialties, including genetics and genomics, can integrate data from different specialties and improve patient care.

Episode Notes

Adjusting to a more collaborative style may take doctors some time, says Dr. Mark Boguski, but if they stop confining themselves to disciplinary boundaries, they'll be able to see connections between different areas of medicine that aren't taught in medical schools. Boguski draws on examples from oncology, where he says doctors are gradually being retrained to think in terms of disease pathways instead of discreet organ systems.

Dr. Boguski is the chief medical officer of Liberty Biosecurity and founder of the Precision Medicine Network. He's a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the College of American Pathologists and the American College of Medical Informatics. He's served on the faculties of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Harvard Medical School, and as an executive in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. He is the former vice president and global head of genome and protein sciences at Novartis, and a graduate of the medical scientist training program at the University of Washington in St. Louis. He has written a series of books on cancer for the general public, under the series title "Reimagining Cancer."

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