Kathleen Barnes Appointed Departmental Endowed Chair in MedicineDepartment of Medicine Apr 28, 2021
Kathleen Barnes, PhD, division head of the Division of Biomedical Informatics and Personalized Medicine (BIPM), and the founding director of the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine (CCPM) has been appointed the Departmental Endowed Chair in Medicine.
Barnes earned her PhD from the University of Florida in biomedical anthropology, and completed her postdoctoral training in immunogenetics at the Johns Hopkins University, where she rose through the ranks to full professor. Her research has focused on disentangling the genetic underpinnings that may contribute to health disparities and her work has contributed significantly to broadening representation of traditionally underrepresented populations in public genomics databases.
After 23 years at Johns Hopkins, Barnes joined the Department of Medicine in 2015 to launch both the BIPM and CCPM, which in short order has become one of the most successful academic personalized medicine programs in the country.
Barnes has overseen the first institutional biobank to leverage genomics data from a commercial array for return of clinically actionable results to patients, one of the first programs to launch clinical integration of pharmacogenomics via a research biobank, and the first enterprise health data warehouse on the Google cloud platform.
“Kathleen’s accomplishments are deserving of this distinct academic honor, and we look forward to her many future achievements,” said David A. Schwartz, MD, chair of the Department of Medicine.