By Michael Tetreault, Dr. Dana Simpson and Dr. Alex Mason
Today we sit down on The DocPreneur Leadership Podcast with two very special Doctors to discuss the role clinical genetics plays in treating a patient today and what role this will play in the exam room and in a medical office in the near future.
Dana (Kostiner) Simpson, MD received her B.A. in Biology at U.C. San Diego (UCSD) and her medical degree at George Washington University School of Medicine in D.C. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (UCHSC) in Denver and did her Genetics Fellowship at U.C. San Francisco (UCSF). She worked as a Clinical Geneticist at Kaiser Permanente, Northwest from 2002-2019, and also worked in the Internal Medicine float pool for the first 7 years. She worked as Chief of the Genetics Department for the latter 12 years. She joined Specialist Telemed as a founding member of STeM-Gen in 2019. Dana lives with her husband and two young children in Portland, Oregon. In her free time, she enjoys earning Splat point at Orangetheory Fitness, building legos with her kids, going to Blazer games, and getting some culture at the Oregon Shakespearean Festival.
Dr. Alex Mason is a practicing neurosurgeon with a passion for telemedicine. He has been involved in outreach telemedicine projects since his training was completed in 2008, starting with working at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, GA. Understanding and seeing the significant challenges of access to healthcare, he began working with organizations to establish meaningful measures of patient access to specialists throughout the country. As a medical advisor to Specialist Telemed, he has been instrumental in identifying both traditional specialties that are underserved, as well as new specialties such as TeleGenetics that are in high demand and have had challenges with regard to access.