The Omicron Whirlwind: A Conversation with Eric Topol – The Current and Future State of the Pandemic

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Eric Topol is a world-renowned cardiologist and geneticist, bestselling author, editor-in-chief of Medscape (and a graduate of the UCSF Medicine residency program). Since the Covid pandemic began, his Twitter feed has been an essential resource for his nearly 600,000 followers to watch and understand the emerging literature. In this session, Topol and Bob Wachter will discuss the implications of the current surge, what we can learn from other countries, the efficacy of vaccines and medications, isolation policies, and the prospects for the future.

Speaker: Eric Topol is the founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute and a senior consultant at the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California. He is editor-in-chief of Medscape and theheart.org. He has published three bestselling books on the future of medicine. He was commissioned by the UK in 2018–2019 to lead planning for the National Health Service’s future workforce, integrating genomics, digital medicine, and artificial intelligence. He has been principal investigator on grants totaling over $250M, including leading a significant part of the NIH’s “All of Us” precision medicine initiative. He is a member of the ASCI, the AAP, and the National Academy of Medicine. In 2012, Modern Healthcare magazine ranked him as the most influential physician-executive in the United States.

Program Bob Wachter: Introduction 00:02:2800:59:20 – Eric Topol (Founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute; senior consultant at the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California) Bob Wachter: Closing.


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