Precision Medicine Offers New Hope for People with Cystic Fibrosis

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Dr. William B. Clark concentrates his medical practice on surgery of the head and neck at ENT Associates of Northwest Florida. Outside of his practice, Dr. William B. Clark donates to charities such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

A genetic disease, cystic fibrosis (CF) causes lung infections that hinder breathing. It creates a thick mucus that affects the pancreas as it tries to absorb essential nutrients and the lungs as they try to supply the body with oxygen.

Having CF in her early 30s, longer than thought possible, Emily Kramer-Golinkoff has stepped forward as an advocate for the foundation. Telling her story in many media appearances, she was honored as a Champion of Change by President Obama for raising some $1.5 million for CF research.

Emily Kramer-Golinkoff has been pushing for a philosophy of care known as precision medicine. This innovative concept emphasizes treatment of patients as they are: individuals with unique lifestyles, environments, and genetic traits. It enables medical care providers to better comprehend the complexities of each patient’s circumstances. The possibilities it holds for creating better, targeted treatments are just beginning to be realized.

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Dr. William B. Clark of Pensacola, Florida, commands nearly three decades of experience as a medical practitioner with specialized training in ear, nose, and throat (ENT) treatments for adults and children. As the owner and lead physician of ENT Associates of Northwest Florida since 1991, Dr. Clark oversees the day-to-day administration and patient care for a busy Pensacola clinic. Prior to opening his private practice, Dr. William B. Clark completed his medical training at The University of Tennessee College of Medicine and served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps. After completing his undergraduate work at Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee, and joining the military in 1978, Dr. William B. Clark went on to earn his M.D. from The University of Tennessee in 1982. He followed this up with a yearlong medical internship at the Naval Medical Center San Diego in California and then a four-year residency in otolaryngology at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. During the course of his military career, Dr. Clark served as a Battalion Surgeon at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and the Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at the Naval Hospital Orlando. In 1991, Dr. Clark, a Navy Lieutenant commander at the time, received his honorable discharge and entered into private practice. Throughout his career, Dr. William B. Clark has kept his training and technical knowledge up to date through memberships in regional and national professional medical societies. He currently holds membership in the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American and Florida Medical Associations, and the Escambia County Medical Society. A family man and philanthropist, Dr. Clark spends his free time with his wife and three children and contributing hours and resources to the American Cancer Society, Special Olympics, and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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