Eric J. Topol, M.D. is the Director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, a National Institutes of Health funded program of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Consortium. In 2009, he was named the Gary and Mary West Endowed Chair of Innovative Medicine. He is Professor of Genomics at The Scripps Research Institute, the Chief Academic Officer of Scripps Health, and a Senior Consultant cardiologist practitioner at Scripps Clinic.
Prior to coming to Scripps, he served on the faculty of Case Western as a professor in genetics, chaired the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic for 15 years and raised its status to rank #1 by US News and World Report for 11 consecutive years, and founded the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. His work in the genomics of heart attack has led to discovery of key genes (MEF2A deletion, THSB-4 variant) which led to recognition by the American Heart Association top 10 research advances in 2002 and 2004. As a leader in clinical trials of novel therapeutics, he administered recombinant t-PA to the first patient in 1984, pioneered and led the clinical development of clopidogrel (Plavix), bivalirudin (Angiomax), and abciximab (ReoPro). He has over 1,000 original peer reviewed publications, and has edited over 30 books, including the Textbook of Interventional Cardiology (5th ed), and the Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine (3rd ed). Dr. Topol has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association of Physicians and recognized by the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) to be in the top 10 cited biomedical researchers in medicine in the past decade.
Dr. Topol has also been a medical innovator in digital medicine, having authored two best seller books on the topic – The Creative Destruction of Medicine (2012) and The Patient Will See You Now (2015).