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What does it mean to be an innovator?

Often, in our academic world, it is measured by research funding for a specific disease, organ system, or cellular process. Insurers and the government are willing to pay hundreds of billions of dollars for new equipment and complex procedures. And yet patients are going to hospitals for preventable problems, patients are harmed, costs are skyrocketing, and physicians are overwhelmed. The result is a system which produces poor results but costs vastly more than any other nation.

Our mission is to find another way. The potential impact of research that changes how we practice medicine is tremendous. This is a key goal, along with training the students, residents and fellows who will lead these critical changes. The real innovation we need is developing, implementing, evaluating and disseminating new more effective and efficient ways of caring for patients.

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