Olaf Bodamer, MD, PhD
Park Gerald Chair in Genetics
and Genomics, Associate Chief
Boston Children's Hospital
ASHG: If you could go back to when you
were a trainee, what is one piece of advice you would give
yourself for your
Dr. Bodamer: Do not be afraid to think outside the box when
approaching scientific problems. I remember that I was
sometimes discouraged if an experiment did not go my way and
equally surprised that the obvious solution was right in
front of my eyes. “Don’t only practice your art, but force
your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise
men to the divine” (Ludwig van Beethoven).
ASHG: What are your favorite and least favorite parts of your job?
Dr. Bodamer: As physician-scientist and clinical geneticist the
most rewarding part of my job is to be in a position to make
a difference in a patient's life, either through providing a
diagnosis, care and/or counseling. My least favorites are
the overburdening administration and the constant arguments
with insurance companies about coverage for genetic testing.
ASHG: What do you
think the future holds for the field of genetics?
Bodamer: Genetics and Genomics will increasingly become an
integral part of clinical medicine with direct benefits to
patients and society at large. The field will continue to
push the scientific frontier and provide the future
knowledge base in conjunction with other fields, such as
molecular biology and biochemistry, for the in depth
understanding of normal physiology, disease processes and
the development of molecular therapies.
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