Wendy Chung

My commitment: Diagnosing and treating rare genetic diseases

Precision medicine is an opportunity for all of us who practice medicine to do it even better—to get you the right diagnosis, and the right treatment, more accurately than ever before. With the decoding of the human genome, we have a huge amount of information about how the body works, so we can do more than just respond to disease—we can tell if you have a predisposition for a disease, and we can do something to keep you healthy.

We’re developing new methods to diagnose patients even faster—even prenatally and in newborns, so if necessary, we can start treatments right away and prevent children from getting sick in the first place. I want to put us out of business. I want to prevent diseases, so we can keep people healthy, keep them doing other things rather than coming to see doctors. I’ve been referred to as the court of last resort—seeing patients who have spent time and energy lost looking for answer. And we can help get to a diagnosis and, more importantly, get to the right treatments and supports. When you don’t know what else to do, go to Columbia.

 

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