Atul Butte, MD, PhD, has been appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Precision Medicine, a new group of experts that will contribute to the state’s continuing efforts to use advanced computing and technology to better understand, treat and prevent disease.
Butte is the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg Distinguished Professor and inaugural director of the Institute for Computational Health Sciences at UC San Francisco. He has been a leader in harnessing big data to transform health care and has been principle investigator of the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine.
“California is a world leader in medicine and technology. This committee of experts will help us think through how precision medicine can improve health and health care for Californians,” said Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. in a press release.
The committee will advise the Governor’s Office on emerging precision medicine policy issues, such as data sharing and data privacy within and across technology platforms and tools; clinical utility of precision medicine approaches to care; patient and provider engagement and education; and economic impact and sustainability of precision medicine-based treatments.
The 14 advisory committee members bring the broad range of expertise necessary in precision medicine: biotechnology, technology, health systems, health disparities, population health, cancer, bioinformatics, ethics, genomics and patient engagement.