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Chief academic officer, Scripps Health; director, Scripps Translational Science Institute,
A strong advocate of using digital tools in the treatment of patients, Dr. Eric Topol has spent his career riding the wave of modern technology. Topol, 61, is chief academic officer at Scripps Health and director of Scripps Translational Science Institute in San Diego. He is also a professor of genomics at the Scripps Research Institute and throughout his career has concentrated on the genomics of coronary artery disease. Topol came to the Scripps Translational Science Institute in 2007 after serving as the Cleveland Clinic's chairman of cardiovascular medicine and founding the clinic's Lerner College of Medicine. He is the author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution will Create Better Health Care, released in 2012, and The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands, published in 2015.