Clinical Scholars Program Teaches Leadership Development

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Clinical Scholars

Consonance Capital founder and CEO Mitchell Blutt, MD, draws on more than three decades of combined experience in internal medicine and financial management. Prior to launching his career in the finance sector, Dr. Mitchell Blutt attended the University in Pennsylvania and participated in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Clinical Scholars Fellowship.

Clinical Scholars brings practitioners together for the chance to develop effective leadership skills and address complex health issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. Practitioners come from a diverse array of health care fields and from interdisciplinary and join interdisciplinary teams consisting of two to five individuals. The program lasts three years, during which fellows on each team receive annual award of $35,000 to use on salary, program costs, and other expenses.

Over the course of the program, teams receive professional coaching and engage in networking activities designed to build leadership skills. The program’s advanced leadership curriculum includes in-person learning sessions and integrates a distance learning approach with interactive technology. Fellows also collaborate on designing a real-world project. Completion of the program equips fellows to advocate for systemic changes for improving health and working with professionals across sectors.


New Smartphone App Aims to Help Improve Parkinson’s Scoring


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Along with his bachelor’s degree in psychobiology, Mitchell Blutt also received his medical degree and MBA from the University of Pennsylvania. Since then, he has become involved in healthcare investment and currently serves as the chief executive officer of New York City-based Consonance Capital. Alongside his professional obligations, Mitchell Blutt actively serves on the boards of different organizations. He previously served as a board member of the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation, named after its eponymous founder, is an organization dedicated to expediting the process of finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease, which is a degenerative disease that affects the neurological system. Since its founding in 2000, the organization has provided over $750 million to fund Parkinson’s Disease research.

A recent study funded by the foundation highlights a more modern approach in scoring Parkinson’s Disease: a smartphone application. Through a joint effort by researchers at the University of Rochester in New York, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and Aston University in the United Kingdom, a new smartphone application has been specially programmed to collect data from a combination of required tasks, such as vocal production and finger tapping. From this, an objective severity score can be calculated. The score ranges from zero to 100 with a higher score indicating a more severe condition.

The authors of the study intend the smartphone application to be an adjunct assessment tool to standard Parkinson’s Disease measures. Moreover, they hope that the frequent, objective, and real-time assessment data it provides will improve clinical care.

Hangout Bridge Fosters Friendships between Arab and Jewish Youth


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Peres Center for Peace

Mitchell Blutt serves as the CEO of Consonance Capital, a New York-based healthcare investment firm that controls both a healthcare hedge fund and private equity fund. Beyond his obligations to the company, Mitchell Blutt holds a position on the international board of governors for the Peres Center for Peace. The Peres Center fosters positive relations between people of different cultures through programs such as the Hangout Bridge.

Hangout Bridge focuses on breaking down barriers between Arab and Jewish youth by facilitating communication and building bridges between the two cultures. Targeting relevant communities across the country, the program provides a safe environment for youth from a variety of backgrounds to form lasting friendships. Furthermore, the program builds peace between cultures by integrating online and offline interactions.

The program places youth in groups of eight participants, split equally between Arab and Jewish. Participants collaborate on a joint project though online communications using Google Hangouts and in-person meetings. Projects highlight the potential of shared living in Israel and showcase themes of commonalities, diversity, and intercultural bonding.

Penn Medicine Researcher Gets $4M to Study Traumatic Brain Injuries


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An accomplished physician and investment professional, Dr. Mitchell Blutt has spent more than a decade as the head of Consonance Capital, an investment firm in New York City that was one of the first of its kind to specialize in healthcare-related equity opportunities. In addition to this role, Dr. Mitchell Blutt serves on the boards of a number of nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and he formerly served on the board of trustees of Penn Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

A prominent Penn Medicine researcher will receive a $4 million dollar grant to help study new methods of diagnosing and treating traumatic brain injuries. Douglas H. Smith, MD, the Robert A. Groff Professor of Neurosurgery at the Perelman School of Medicine, will use the funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to look for similarities among patients who suffer these types of injuries in the hope of developing new methods of brain injury prevention, identification, and treatment. Traumatic brain injuries affect some 2.5 million Americans each year, and Dr. Smith says that the current methods of diagnosing and treating them are still not up to par with other areas of modern medicine. He hopes this study will make an important contribution toward closing that gap.