Dr. John Nelson Joins Genelex as Medical Director
Genelex’s YouScript® Personalized Prescribing System is already changing the way prescribers look at medicine. Now the company is strengthening their prescriber relationships with Dr. John Nelson as their new medical director. Dr. Nelson will be Genelex’s high-level liaison to physicians, specialists, and organizations, helping to them to understand the clinical benefits and develop protocols for how to incorporate gene-based prescribing into their workflow to achieve improved patient care.
Dr. John Nelson, MD, MPH is a board-certified OB/GYN with over 30 years of clinical practice and served as the president of the American Medical Association from 2004-2005. "For many years, I avoided any relationship with companies and products—until now," says Dr. Nelson. "As I have become familiar with the YouScript program at Genelex, I am finally impressed. By personalizing the drug and dose of medication to an individual patient, I can achieve better outcomes and do so at reduced costs." As up to 20% of readmissions may be due to adverse drug events, "the opportunity is now available for all clinicians to apply this meaningful intervention to their patients."
Dr. Nelson’s had personal experience with adverse drug events. At one point, his wife was on a combination of ibuprofen, low-dose aspirin, and Plavix®. YouScript analysis revealed that both the ibuprofen-aspirin combination and certain variations in her genotype increased her risk of potentially serious bleeding. Dr. Nelson spoke with her doctor about this and her drug regimen was changed.
Dr. Nelson has been in active clinical practice of obstetrics and gynecology since 1975 and currently sees patients at the Health Clinics of Utah. He was a charter member of the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission (now MedPAC) and has recently served on the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is currently the Chief Medical Officer at Leavitt Partners in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Nelson graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine.