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.

  • North Carolina Biotechnology Center

    NCBiotech has identified precision health as a key strategic sector for North Carolina economic development.

    Mary Beth Thomas, Ph.D. - Senior Vice President, Science and Business Development

    Sara Imhof, Ph.D. - Senior Director, Precision Health

  • Atrium Health

    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 University

    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

  • GlaxoSmithKline

    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

    Pappas Ventures, like NCBiotech, sees significant market and investment potential in precision health research and companies.

    Peter Young, MBA - Executive-in-Residence

  • RENCI

    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 International

    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 

    Tim Wiltshire, Ph.D. - Associate Professor and Director, Center for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy

  • 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 

For questions or more information, contact:
Sara Imhof, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Precision Health

Emerging Sector Development

919-549-8842 | sara_imhof@ncbiotech.org