Chief Academic Officer of the San Diego health system ranks No. 1

| April 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

Annual list compiled by “Modern Healthcare” magazine

Dr. Topol continues to receive honors and accolades for his work.

Scripps Health Chief Academic Officer Eric Topol, M.D., has been named the most influential physician executive in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine.

The internationally recognized cardiologist, geneticist and researcher topped the 2012 edition of the publication’s annual list of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare, which included National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, Mayo Clinic CEO John Noseworthy, and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.

Dr. Topol’s acclaimed book, “The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care,” helped to propel him to the No. 1 position in his inaugural appearance on the list, according to a Modern Healthcare article announcing the rankings.

He is a professor of genomics at The Scripps Research Institute and vice chairman of the West Wireless Health Institute, both in La Jolla.

His most recent research work has focused on special cells that could help to predict heart attacks and genetic markers that might shed light on lifelong health and mysterious illnesses that evade diagnosis.

Dr. Topol has emerged as a digital medicine pioneer and a leading advocate of a technological revolution that promises to transform the delivery of healthcare services, lower the cost of medicine and personalize the treatment of illness.

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