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Scripps Health System to Launch Institute With High-Profile Doctor

Scripps Health has hired Dr. Eric Topol, a physician-scientist from Cleveland, who will lead the organization’s newly announced Translational Science Institute and Genomic Medicine program.

Scripps, a private, nonprofit health system with five hospitals, announced the new programs and hire Oct. 24. Topol will join Scripps in January and the new programs should be running within a year, said a Scripps spokeswoman.

Topol, 51, is a cardiologist and a professor of genetics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. He chaired the department of cardiovascular medicine at Cleveland Clinic from 1991 to 2006.

The Institute for Scientific Information recently named Topol “Doctor of the Decade” for being one of the top 10 most cited researchers in medicine.

In his new roles as chief academic officer and chief of genomic medicine and translational science, Topol will work to expand Scripps Health’s clinical research programs. The new institute will support basic research and clinical programs focused on defining the genes that underlie disease susceptibility.

Scripps Health has 2,600 affiliated physicians and 10,500 employees.

, Andy Killion and Brad Graves

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