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Richard J. Barohn, MD

Executive Director, NextGen Precision Health
Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at MU Health Care

After a national search, Dr. Barohn was named Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at MU in early 2020. As the executive director of NextGen, Dr. Barohn works closely with the campus’ faculty research leads and other university leaders to coordinate research activity, including collaborative research and engagement plans.

Dr. Barohn remains involved in his own research studies for rare neuromuscular disorders, such as forms of muscular dystrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He will be moving one of his multicenter federally funded therapeutic trials to MU.

Faculty Research Leads

Thomas Spencer, PhD

Scientific Director, NextGen Precision Health
Basic and Emerging Research Lead
Curators Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Jeffrey Bryan, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM-Oncology

Cancer Research Lead
Professor of Oncology, MU College of Veterinary Medicine
Associate Director of Comparative Oncology, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center

Luis Martinez-Lemus, DVM, PhD

Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disorders Research Lead
Director, Center for Precision Medicine
Professor of Medical Pharmacology & Physiology, MU School of Medicine

David Schulz, PhD

Neuroscience Research Lead
Director, Division of Biological Sciences, MU College of Arts and Science
Professor of Biological Sciences

Julie Kapp, PhD

Population Health Research Lead
Associate Professor of Health Management and Informatics, MU School of Medicine

John Spertus, MD, MPH

Health Care Delivery Research Lead
UMKC Professor and Daniel J. Lauer Missouri Endowed Chair of Metabolism and Vascular Disease Research

What is precision health?

Precision health will develop interventions for individuals and populations to improve health outcomes. By using translational science to incorporate individual factors, such as genetics, environment and lifestyle, precision health accelerates the benefits of discovery, from cells to society.

Research & Solutions

“The whole point of it is to help more people faster. At the end of the day, that’s really what makes this whole NextGen Precision Health initiative just fantastic. It’s what will change the outcome for so many people.”

—Robert McDonald, father of child with Duchenne muscular dystrophy