From the frozen tundra of Wisconsin, to the desert of Arizona, to the Eden that is Palo Alto, to his current home in the greatest city on earth, Joel Dudley has followed his interests and instincts to become a pioneer in the thoughtful application of data science to biology and medicine.
In this episode of Tech Tonics, Joel discusses not only his fascinating journey, but also his current work at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York – the hospital where David Shaywitz was born almost exactly five decades ago – and where today Joel leads the Institute for Next Generation Healthcare, an ambitious effort that’s essentially trying to sculpt the data-inhaling clinic of the future.
We also examine some of the unusual twists and turns of his journey, including the role of remarkable (and remarkably generous) mentors (Atul Butte in particular), and the impact of Crohn’s Disease (which he has) in shaping his interdisciplinary perspective. We also learn about the experiences Joel has had as scientist, proud of his midwestern roots, living among the coastal elites (tl;dr: ready availability of takeout is a plus).
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You can find references from the podcast in these additional links:
AI and healthcare: David’s May 2017 take on the clinic of the future.
Orgasmatron (sadly not yet a component of Joel’s “Clinic of the Future”): clip
NIH Toolbox (for cognitive function) – link here
Incidentalome (instant classic paper from Kohane et al) – here
Brett Favre on Wheaties Cereal Box – here