Five Questions About Precision Medicine With Kevin Gardner

CUMC Newsroom: Dr. Kevin Gardner talks about health disparities and the need for more diversity among research participants.

Dr. Kevin L. Gardner, Senior Vice Chair and Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology

When people think of precision medicine they mostly think about genes and drugs that are designed to target specific genes. And though genes play a big role in precision medicine, the term has always encompassed more than DNA.

Precision medicine is understanding the disease in the context of that individual patient and their individual exposures, lifestyle, and environment,” says Kevin Gardner, MD, PhD, the new senior vice chair for the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, who is helping to lead the department’s precision medicine initiatives, particularly in underrepresented minority communities. “It’s not just their individual biology, it also matters where and how they live.

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