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Empowering Patients with Personalized Medicine

Benjamin Franklin famously noted that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. More than 200 years later, the University of Chicago Medicine brings his idea to life through a new practice in downtown Chicago, which exists specifically for comprehensive and preventive care.

Babak Mokhlesi, Ari Levy, Martin Burke, Rupa Mehta Sanghani

At the corner of Michigan Avenue and Huron Street, the practice is staffed by specialists in cardiology, endocrinology, general internal medicine, nephrology, sleep disorders, rheumatology, pulmonary medicine and the Program for Personalized Health & Prevention. So many experts in one place can better tailor care to each specific patient's needs, saving the patient from scheduling appointments with physicians at multiple locations and times. "In this practice, we provide the time, the setting and the information in a very individualized manner," said Martin Burke, DO, professor of medicine and medical director at the 150 practice. "This practice model is how we take the university's reputation for exceptional patient care, education, research and clinical expertise and integrate it in another location for convenient access." 

Our service integration is designed for the patient's total health. We are striving to be one of the first facilities in the country capable of delivering this unprecedented level of total health care, synergizing science and medicine to move ahead of the disease curve. We are determined and driven to be the leaders of a proactive, multidisciplinary approach to medicine helping a patient achieve the optimum level of personal health. We strongly believe by evaluating elements of a patient's life--including personal health and family history, physical examination, selected genetic testing and environmental factors--accurately determines an effective and personal program to minimize these risks. Essentially, "We're consolidating the three- to four-month process of scheduling, following up and coordinating into one day," said Ari Levy, MD, lead physician for the new Program for Personalized Health & Prevention and clinical associate at the University of Chicago and 150 East Huron. On-site genetic counselors, certified dietitians and exercise physiologists help monitor and implement sustainable lifestyle changes while providing the tools and support needed to reach an individual's pinnacle of health.
Keith Perryea is one of those patients. A development officer for the McDonald's Corporation, he visited Dr. Levy at 150 East Huron. Perryea's exam and lab results showed he had diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and metabolic syndrome. He was at risk for heart attack and stroke. But with Dr. Levy and a team of nutrition and fitness experts, Perryea developed a fitness routine, improved his diet and e-mailed Dr. Levy on his progress everyday.

"This is working for me because I know that someone is watching everything I do, and I am the kind of person who needs structure," he said. Already Perryea has lowered his cholesterol, blood sugar levels and weight--by 26 pounds.

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