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Message from the Director

Kathryn Teng, MD, is a primary-care Internal Medicine physician and director of the Center for Personalized Healthcare at Cleveland Clinic.  She leads  the efforts to incorporate personalized healthcare across all areas of patient care within Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Teng, who specializes in comprehensive and preventive care for adult patients, has committed her career to advocacy for her patients and education of medical students, residents, and other physicians. Prior to her current teaching role as Assistant Professor at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, she served as Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She was voted Best Doctor by her peers in 2009,2010, 2011, and 2012. She has served as Director of General Internal Medicine Grand Rounds from 2007-2010 and Patient Experience Officer for the Medicine Institute of Cleveland Clinic from 2008-2010, during which time she created the first Voice of the Patient Advisory Council for the Medicine Institute.

"The Center for Personalized Healthcare is committed to create evidence-based personalized health plans for our patients by incorporating new technologies and innovations which allow us to truly target each individual," said Dr. Teng. "There is a greater emphasis on the physician-patient relationship as we team together to develop more accurate and personalized care plans. Our ultimate goal is to empower our patients and mobilize our community towards greater health. We are aiming to create a cultural shift in the way we practice medicine, moving from a reactive, trial-and-error approach to a proactive, targeted approach.

"Cleveland Clinic has been an active participant in the healthcare reform movement. As we move forward as a nation with the goal of improving the health and well-being of our citizens, Cleveland Clinic has embraced its responsibility to find novel ways to better predict and prevent disease and ultimately improve the quality and value of healthcare delivery. At the same time, we recognize that patients need to be active participants in their care plans. We need engage our patients and empower them to better their health and well-being. The Center for Personalized Healthcare aims to integrate these efforts. Only when we work together as a team of caregivers and patients can we achieve our goal of improving the quality of life and health for our community and our nation."


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