Precision Health Steering Committee
The North Carolina Precision Health Collaborative Steering Committee guides the development of this sector for the state. Learn about the organizations and individuals involved below.
Atrium Health (formerly Carolinas HealthCare System) promotes research that positively impacts community health and healthcare disparities. They strive to reduce health disparities, enhance access to primary care, and improve the quality of healthcare services. Research is designed to be translational and rapidly disseminated into practice.
Jaikrishna Patel, Pharm.D., BCOP - Chief, Pharmacology Research
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
BCBS is committed to precision health as a platform for improving patient care and the effectiveness, including the cost effectiveness, in healthcare delivery and utilization.
Janet McCauley, M.D., MHA - Senior Medical Director, Medical and Reimbursement Policy
Digital Health Impact + Transformation (DHIT)
DHIT is a social purpose venture dedicated to driving healthcare transformation through their digital health impact platform. They connect people and emerging technologies, matching ecosystem needs with validated solutions through demand-driven collaboration and innovation.
Michael Levy, Ph.D., MBA - Chief Business Development Officer
Duke has conducted extensive research in precision health and has provided a national leadership role in the implementation and adoption of precision health in patient care.
Geoffrey Ginsburg, MD, Ph.D. - Director, Center for Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine
Donna Crenshaw, Ph.D., MHA - Director, Partnership Development, Center for Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine
Tejinder Rakhra-Burris, Program Manager, IGNITE ACC and Research Program Leader Sr., Precision Medicine, Center for Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine
Deepak Voora, M.D. - Associate Professor of Medicine
East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine
The Brody School of Medicine has a strong primary care orientation, including a mission increase the supply of primary care physicians to serve the state, improve the health status of citizens in eastern North Carolina, and enhance the access of minority and disadvantaged students to a medical education.
David Collier, MD, PhD, FAAP - Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Center for Health Disparities
GSK is committed to developing precision medicines by focusing on the best science, building strong collaborations with external researchers, and identifying patient populations most likely to benefit from our medicines.
Katherine (Maeve) Gardner, B.A. - Director, State Government Affairs
IBM Watson Genomics
IBM is engaging with healthcare organizations -- including more than 15 cancer institutes -- to implement Watson Genomics, a cloud-based, insights-as-a-service, platform that helps clinicians uncover personalized treatment options to their patients.
Steve Harvey, B.S. - Vice President, Watson Genomics
JMP Life Sciences, SAS Institute
JMP is a division of SAS that produces interactive statistical discovery software. JMP Genomics provides exceptional tools for genetics research, pharmacogenomics, expression analysis, and many other precision health applications.
Wenjun Bao, Ph.D. - Chief Scientist and R&D Manager
Geoffrey Mann, Ph.D. - JMP Product Manager
Kelci Miclaus, Ph.D. - Senior Manager, Advanced Analytics R&D
Mission Health Fullerton Genetics Center
Mission Health’s Fullerton Genetics Center has been serving western North Carolina for more than 19 years and is the region’s only comprehensive genetics services program. The center includes international experts on specific genetic conditions who research, diagnose and treat genetic conditions in children and adults. The center also provides counseling and education for patients and their families.
Gillian Bell, Pharm.D. - Clinical Pharmacist, Personalized Medicine
Chad Haldeman-Englert, M.D. - Clinical Geneticist
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
The Department of Health and Human Services manages the delivery of health- and human-related services for all North Carolinians, especially our most vulnerable citizens: children, elderly, disabled and low-income families.
Nancy Henley, M.D. - Chief Medical Officer, Medicaid
Gail Marcus, M.Ed, CGC - State Public Health Genetic Counselor
North Carolina State University
North Carolina State University has been at the forefront of developing quantitative methods to support the practice of personalized medicine by leveraging and integrating their diverse expertise to pursue new methodological innovation for discovery of precision medicine strategies.
Alan Rebar, DMV, Ph.D. - Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Economic Development
Jonathan Horowitz, Ph.D. - Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Infrastructure
Mladen Vouk, Ph.D. - Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
Pappas Ventures, like NCBiotech, sees significant market and investment potential in precision health research and companies.
Peter Young, MBA - Executive-in-Residence
RENCI is involved in innovative public-private partnerships that address regional challenges such as health care (including precision health), habitat planning, and coastal hazards through big data analysis.
Stanley Ahalt, Ph.D. - Director
Kimberly Robasky, Ph.D. - Senior Translational Scientist
RTI has a number of initiatives in precision health, including studies on the environmental impact on population health, data analytics and the development of mobile health applications to support patient engagement.
Rebecca Boyles, MSPH - Bioinformatics Scientist
Steven Edwards, Ph.D. - Bioinformatics Senior Scientist
University of North Carolina
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a rich history of precision health with its clinical and research functions. Also, UNC’s Renaissance Computing Institute has developed expertise in health informatics and data science, which underlie precision health discoveries. The Institute also leads in developing mechanisms for data sharing across institutions.
Jim Evans, M.D., Ph.D. - Bryson Distinguished Professor, Genetics and Medicine
Don Hobart, J.D. - Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
Terry Magnuson, Ph.D. - Vice Chancellor, Research and Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Genetics
Bradford Powell, M.D., Ph.D. - Clinical Assistant Professor, Genetics
Joyce Tan, Ph.D. - Chief of Research Strategy
Wake Forest University
The Center for Precision Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine develops and supports innovative, collaborative, and multidisciplinary research into the causes of common human disorders to improve long-term health outcomes for patients.
Michael Olivier, Ph.D. - Director, Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine Research