Medical practice is undergoing a dramatic shift from focusing on populations, a central tenet of evidence-based medicine, to focusing on the individual patient. There is increasing evidence that even seemingly straight-forward conditions can present and respond very differently from person to person. We are at a time in science when we can identify unique biological factors in an individual that may better inform their treatment options. This is termed precision medicine.
The principal goal of Otoclinomics is to bring precision medicine to the field of Otolaryngology by establishing a department-wide platform for collecting and analyzing demographic, biologic, physiologic, radiographic and disease-related data. In partnership with the MCW Genomic Sciences and Precision Medicine Center we will explore unique biological predictors of disease behavior and response to treatment. This will create person-specific, as opposed to disease-specific, guidelines for the management of common ear, nose, and throat disorders.