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Initiative Leader

About the Initiative

Genetic testing is more widely available than ever, and gene-targeted therapies are more and more common throughout the practice of medicine. Despite the advances in testing and understanding the human genome, relatively few tools exist within the medical record to translate this science into clinical practice. The Program for Precision Medicine in Health Care collaborates with UNC’s information technology support team to design and implement such tools to increase awareness and utilization of genetic data in the medical record.

Areas of focus include:

Risk Identification

  • Recommending tests for the right patients at the right time

Test Integration

  • Ordering, resulting, and reviewing tests within the patient chart

Targeted Interventions

  • Providing personalized care based on a patient’s unique genetic makeup


Areas of focus for the team have included but are not limited to:

  • Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome (commonly associated with BRCA1/BRCA2)
  • Familial Hypercholesterolemia (hereditary predisposition to high cholesterol)
  • Pharmacogenomics (recommending medications or dosage adjustments based on ability to metabolize)
  • Oncology (providing targeted care based on tumor testing)