Eric Lefkofsky is one of the most lucrative entrepreneurs and tech founders in Chicago. He is the co-founder of many successful ventures such as Lightbank, Uptake, EchoLogistics, Mediaocean, and InnerWorkings. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of Groupon.
In 2006, he and wife Liz created the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. This private charity exists to serve communities by funding highly effective initiatives. Lefkofsky is also a trustee on the board of Lurie Children’ hospital, The Museum of Science and Industry and World Business Chicago, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Additionally, he works as an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago.
After so many successes, Lefkofsky thought he was done with startup companies, but his mind was changed when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. He noticed that data regarding cancer and the best courses of treatment were not very accessible to doctors. He was frustrated by the lack of information available to readily help doctors make decisions regarding treatment.
Looking for a way to solve this problem, he and his business partner Brad Keywell co-founded Tempus. Tempus’ approach to cancer treatment uses genome sequencing and machine learning to gather necessary information from the patient’s tumor, and then it creates an appropriate treatment plan to fight it and learn more about Eric.
The program is data-driven that basically takes molecular and clinical information from the patient and stores the data in a library. Partnerships between Tempus and these health care institutions have already been established: University of Michigan, University of Chicago, Mayo Clinic, and Northwestern University. Doctors from these cancer programs have already loaded patients’ information into the Tempus program. Physicians then can access this database to find patients with similar profiles as their patients and find the treatments that have been most effective. Although there are several physicians on the executive team of Tempus, it is a tech company.
Lefkofsky feels this is the most ambitious startup of his career. The whole idea of data-driven diagnoses and treatment planning is a paradigm shift when it comes to diagnosis and treatment of cancer and Eric’s lacrosse camp.
Cosmetic surgery has become a popular way for people to improve their appearance. Quite often this surgery is elective on the part of the patient and is not covered by insurance. Most surgeons who perform these procedures will have initial consultations with prospective patients to see if they are good candidates. Someone considering cosmetic surgery as a method of improving their appearance, should also be aware of what the procedure entails. People should make sure the doctor they use is licensed to perform this type of surgery. Having a procedure done by a non-professional could have disastrous results.
What Most Procedures Entail
Cosmetic surgeons are medical doctors licensed to perform surgeries that enhance a person’s features. Depending on the type of procedure, cosmetic surgery could involve the same risks as non-cosmetic surgery. A breast lift or breast implant is considered major surgery, for which the patient will be anesthetized. Liposuction, is still somewhat invasive, but the patient will be fully awake during the procedure. A breast lift, would require the patent to be hospitalized, while liposuction does not. Implant surgery of any kind usually requires a hospital stay.
A Board Certified Doctor
It is a good idea to choose a board certified cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Jennifer Walden has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. She has also been formally trained in cosmetic surgery and is currently an active member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Walden also serves on the board of directors for the above mentioned society and has even written a best selling book. She began her practice in New York City at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat, but moved to Austin Texas to be near her family. In 2014 Dr. Walden was recognized by a Texas publication as being a Texas super doctor.
Dr. Jennifer Walden also takes an interest in issues concerning women’s health. She strives to teach women about the importance of self-empowerment and decision making. She ties these issues into her cosmetic surgery practice, especially in the area of breast health for women. Her excellent work speaks for itself, as was clearly visible in an article published about her in Harper’s Bazaar. She has also been the subject and guest speaker on a number of television programs including Fox News Channel and E!. She was also the cover model and featured subject in the first issue of the new Texas publication VIVE. There is no doubt Dr. Walden has definitely made her mark in the field of cosmetic surgery.