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Eric Topol Professor Eric Topol

Tāmaki campus welcomes a new appointment: Professor Eric Topol, one the world’s foremost experts in digital medicine and personalised healthcare in the US, has started a fractional appointment in the National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI) in the School of Population Health headed by NIHI Director Professor Chris Bullen. 

Professor Topol is a US cardiologist and recently based at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, the Gary and Mary West Endowed Chair of Innovative Medicine, and Director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute. 

He currently leads a significant part (with a $207 million grant award) of the Precision Medicine (All of Us Research) Initiative funded by the National Institute of Health that prospectively follows the impact of genomic and digital technologies on one million Americans.  

Professor Topol visited the faculty last February and presented a public lecture on the impact of the digital age on personalised medicine. 

Professor Topol is an internationally acclaimed cardiologist and formally Chief of Cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic, where he founded a new medical school. He published a book in 2012 called The Creative Destruction of Medicine which examined the impact of both the genomic and wireless revolutions on the health care system. His most recent book The Patient Will See You Now, published in 2015, explores how smartphones, big data, and technology are combining to democratise health care.

NIHI director, Professor Chris Bullen says Professor Topol is undoubtedly the leading thinker in digital health today. He expects the appointment will open up a number of opportunities, not only to guide cutting-edge research to improve understanding of population health and healthcare locally, but potentially to also lead and collaborate internationally.