Hello! I’m Tammy McAllister, Operations Manager in the Center for Individualized Medicine at Mayo Clinic. As administrative partner to Dr. Kostas Lazaridis, Enterprise Director of the Individualized Medicine (IM) Clinic, our roles include overseeing the management and expansion of the newly formed IM Clinic.
This is a really exciting time in healthcare! Discoveries made through the Human Genome Project are rapidly progressing and, at the same time, the cost of genomic testing is declining making it practical to use these new, powerful tools for patient care. At Mayo, our new IM Clinic focuses on using these new advances in DNA sequencing to benefit our patients--to help diagnose, treat, predict or prevent disease.
Because of the complex nature and enormous volume of the data generated by DNA sequencing, we want to help shepherd the beginning of this translation process at Mayo Clinic. The key is to show that using these new tests is effective and efficient because they use the patients’ unique DNA to help tailor, or individualize, treatment specific to their own version of their disease--ultimately saving the patients time, expense and the pain of failed other treatments.