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dr. dennis a. ausiello spent nearly two-thirds of his life teasing out the causes and possible remedies for diseases, starting from a perch at a lab bench and advancing to one of America's most prestigious hospital positions: chief of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). After 17 years in that top post, Ausiello is tackling "one of the little-known aspects of medicine" — what it means to be healthy. "We're very good at diagnosing and understanding disease and its progression to death, but we're the only profession in the world that doesn't know its own gold standard: We can't diagnose wellness and its progression to illness," said Ausiello, in an interview in the living room of his home in Wellesley Hills. "It's a little like bringing your car into the garage, and the mechanic saying, 'Yep, you've got a broken carburetor here, but unfortunately, I don't know what a normal carburetor looks like.'" Ausiello, 72, has assembled a group of partners that includes faculty from Harvard and MIT, as well as scientists from high-tech and bio-pharmaceutical companies to create CATCH, the Center for Assessment Technology and Continuous Health at MGH. "I didn't want to build another big center," he said. "I really wanted to build a SWAT team or a think tank that could engage partnerships with the molecular geneticists, with the instrumentation people, with the Googles and the Apples of the world." Ausiello envisions consortiums like CATCH setting the stage for a medical future out of Star Trek, where tiny implants and everyday objects like smartphones and automobiles collect galaxies of data that help doctors head off diseases long before they breach the body's defenses. S T E V E M A A S writer B R I A N S M I T H photographer an interview with dr. dennis a. ausiello Seing the Stage for a Medical Future 66 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8

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