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Atlanta Human Genomics - Personalized Medical Care

Personalized and Accountable Genomic Clinical Care

Genomics and Personalized Care

We provide clinical delivery of personalized medicine for our patients based on Genetic Testing. Personalized medicine is the tailoring of medical treatment to the individual characteristics of each patient. The approach relies on scientific breakthroughs in our understanding of how a person’s unique molecular and genetic profile makes them susceptible to certain diseases. This same research is increasing our ability to predict which medical treatments will be safe and effective for each patient, and which ones are less likely to be.

Personalized medicine may be considered an extension of traditional approaches to understanding and treating disease. Equipped with tools that are more precise, we can select a therapy or treatment protocol based on a patient’s molecular profile that may not only minimize harmful side effects and ensure a more successful outcome, but can also help contain costs compared with a “trial-and-error” approach to disease treatment.

Genomic medicine attempts to increase the efficacy of therapies by leveraging the molecular methods that make personalized medicine possible include testing for variations in genes, gene expression, proteins, and metabolites, as well as new treatments that target molecular mechanisms. Test results are correlated with clinical factors – such as disease state, prediction of future disease states, drug response, and treatment prognosis – to help us individualize treatment for each patient.


The first patient visit comprises of a discussion with the doctor on current symptoms and / or potential concerns based on family history. Also discussed will be traditional medicines and therapies that have been attempted or in progress and the history of outcomes from these efforts. The physician will order a customized test panel to provide a genetic evaluation and diagnosis. In most cases testing would involve blood work and/or Buccal Swab for DNA. In rare occasions we might need to do muscle biopsy in case of mitochondrial disorders.

Follow up visits will discuss the results of this testing and prescribe a personalized set of medication as well as nutritional recommendations, and hormonal therapies. A follow up appointment for testing to ensure efficacy may be suggested at this time. We will only continue with therapies and testing only as long as the efficacy analysis points to positive outcomes. Lack of progress, for whatever reason, will result in discontinuing our testing and therapies. We are committed to being an Accountable Care medical service in both resolving current chronic conditions as well as minimizing early onset of diseases.