Medical Director for the Mark R. Neaman Center for Personalized Medicine Peter Hulick, MD, MMSc, meets with a patient to discuss genomic results.

Personalized Medicine

Using Genetics to Heal

Genetic testing helped Joe’s family start a conversation about preventive care for heart disease.

Knowing that heart disease runs in his family, Joe Flanagan had some genetic testing done at Knowing that heart disease runs in his family, Joe Flanagan had some genetic testing done at NorthShore. When test results showed he carried a gene that was likely to cause heart disease, Joe and his family talked with his doctor about preventive measures and healthy lifestyle changes they could all consider making. For Joe, getting the genetic testing done and involving his family in the process has been a complete gamechanger.

About Personalized Medicine

NorthShore Foundation philanthropic partners make these “gamechanger” moments possible for people like Joe, and many others. For more than 20 years, NorthShore has been investing in personalized medicine—which is all about customizing each individual patient’s care and treatment based on their unique genetic characteristics and health history. We’ve been recognized as pioneers in personalized medicine, and our commitment to this lifesaving combination of medical expertise and technology led to our founding the Mark R. Neaman Center for Personalized Medicine in 2014.

Philanthropy allows NorthShore to keep our finger on the pulse of the latest medical advances. Genetic testing can identify the exact gene mutation that makes a patient more susceptible to certain cancers or chronic conditions, and then they can share that information with their loved ones. But personalized medicine goes a step beyond that—it even helps physicians and patients identify the best drug therapy and dosage for strokes and blood-thinning medication.

Partners like you make all of this possible for those who come to NorthShore seeking medical treatment. Reimbursement for personalized medicine treatment continues to lag behind obvious need and impact. This makes philanthropy more important than ever as we help more patients like Joe and his family learn about their genetic connection to disease, and the preventive steps each of them can take to lessen their own health risk.

With your philanthropic support, people can get the information they need to live longer, healthier and better lives—simply by knowing more about the role played by their genetics.

Additional Resources

2020 Donor Impact Report

The Power of Personalized Medicine

Personalized medicine is key in many areas at NorthShore. For example:

Provides genetic-based assessments to determine the risk for and treat various heart conditions.

Serves the entire spectrum of hereditary disease by providing genetic testing for conditions that span every medical discipline and specialty.

Evaluates patients who have a personal history of diabetes diagnosed under age 35 and who have a parent with the disease.

Provides a comprehensive breast health evaluation to determine the risk for breast cancer.

Uses neurological tests and genotyping to identify individuals at highest risk for Alzheimer’s disease and similar aging brain disorders.

Identifies genetic variations within an individual’s tumor to provide specific, molecularly targeted cancer treatments.

Helps individuals understand and use their genetic results to optimize current and future medication treatment.

Provides focused, genomic-based risk assessments to individualize all aspects of cancer care.

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DNA testing and expert interpretation of those results is critical—and philanthropy helps make it possible.”

Janardan Khandekar, MD

My parents and brother died from cardiovascular disease. Thanks to the personalized medicine program, I have this information at the ready to inform treatment decisions if I ever develop heart disease myself.”

Tony Cirrincione, patient

I’ve encouraged my family to be tested for their genetic risk for cancer so that they can make better-informed healthcare decisions. I’m grateful NorthShore has these tools, and I believe we should take full advantage of them.”

Terry Gross, patient