An interdisciplinary approach to personalized medicine: Case studies from a cardiogenetics clinic

Kathleen E. Erskine, Eleanor Griffith, Nicole Degroat, Marina Stolerman, Louise B. Silverstein, Nadia Hidayatallah, David Wasserman, Esma Paljevic, Lilian Cohen, Christine A. Walsh, Thomas Mcdonald, Robert W. Marion, Siobhan M. Dolan

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In the genomic age, the challenges presented by various inherited conditions present a compelling argument for an interdisciplinary model of care. Cardiac arrhythmias with a genetic basis, such as long QT syndrome, require clinicians with expertise in many specialties to address the complex genetic, psychological, ethical and medical issues involved in treatment. The Montefiore-Einstein Center for CardioGenetics has been established to provide personalized, interdisciplinary care for families with a history of sudden cardiac death or an acute cardiac event. Four vignettes of patient care are presented to illustrate the unique capacity of an interdisciplinary model to address genetic, psychological, ethical and medical issues. Because interdisciplinary clinics facilitate collaboration among multiple specialties, they allow for individualized, comprehensive care to be delivered to families who experience complex inherited medical conditions. As the genetic basis of many complex conditions is discovered, the advantages of an interdisciplinary approach for delivering personalized medicine will become more evident.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-80
Number of pages8
JournalPersonalized Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • cardiogenetics
  • interdisciplinary
  • long QT syndrome
  • multidisciplinary
  • personalized medicine


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