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Luis Tomatis

Director of Medical Affairs for the Richard M. DeVos Family

Grand Rapids, United States

With a commitment to health care for all, nations will be pushed by economic necessity to adopt preventive medicine that is based on scientific research and best practices.

I can best imagine changes that will occur in the area of the health sciences in the next hundred years. There will be spectacular progress in the treatment and prevention of the most dreaded diseases – cancer, atherosclerosis, arthritis and neurodegenerative diseases – supported by discoveries that can only be dreamed of at this time. As molecular biology and proteomics now tell us, the initial causes of disease will be diagnosed by understanding gene behavior, even before the patients become clinically symptomatic and before we can identify the physical manifestations of the disease. Newly discovered tools to modify, repair, and influence the defective or deteriorated genes will pave the way for this kind of intervention. Most of the present remarkable machines that allow us to visualize smaller and smaller anomalies of the human body will become obsolete and, as in the Stars Wars movies, be replaced by equipment that will determine, in one non-invasive pass, the health status of each organ. Microarrays will determine our genetic makeup and potential risks early in life, allowing us to practice true preventive medicine. Gradually, all the developed countries of the world will construct strategies for delivering optimal health care to each of their citizens. The most successful of the systems will be copied by the developing countries.  With a commitment to health care for all, nations will be pushed by economic necessity to adopt molecular preventive medicine that is based on scientific research and best practices.   The consequence of these future advances in health care is that most humans will enjoy long and healthy lives, even nearing 100 years in length.

Luis Tomatis Bio:

Educated in his native Argentina, Dr. Luis Tomatis, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.C. received his Medical Degree at Rosario Medical School in 1954. He trained in General Surgery in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and then in 1956 he came to the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit to train in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. In 1965, he moved to Grand Rapids where he worked at Butterworth Hospital (now Spectrum Health) for thirty years as a Cardiovascular Surgeon. During that time, Dr. Tomatis became Chief of Butterworth Hospital’s Thoracic and Cardiovascular Department and Clinical Professor of Surgery at Michigan State University.