Lisa Alderson is a member of the KCA’s Board of Directors, as well as, Co-Founder and CEO of Genome Medical, Inc.
We spoke with Lisa about what motivated her to join our Board of Directors.
What motivated you to get involved with the Kidney Cancer Association?
I have had many friends and family members personally impacted by cancer at an early age. This includes survivors of kidney cancer. As a founder of Genome Medical, a nationwide medical practice focused on genomics, I have dedicated my career to the advancement of genomic medicine for early detection and prevention of cancer and other inheritable conditions.
How long have you worked with the KCA?
I am honored to be newly elected to the board of directors.
What is your favorite travel destination and why?
I’m an avid worldwide traveler. I’ve been sky diving in Colorado, scuba diving in Thailand, zip lining in the Bavarian Alps, jungle trekking in Malaysia. I’ve watched the sun rise over Ankor Wat in Cambodia, and set over the pyramids of Giza in Egypt. I believe the accumulation of experiences is what makes you uniquely “YOU.” I enjoy adventure travel and draw energy from doing what I love with family and friends. It’s important to enjoy the journey.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I live in Monterey with my husband and two kids and enjoy time with family and friends, especially in the great outdoors.
What is one thing most people do not know about you?
I have lived in Central America, and I am fluent in Spanish.
What prompted/inspired you to go into the medical field? (If applicable)
I became involved with the field of cancer genomics in 2000, when we were sequencing the first human genome. The scientific and technologic advancements have been astounding. We can now use genomic medicine in everyday care to understand our risks and prevent disease, more accurately diagnose disease and select the appropriate treatment. This promise of precision medicine is becoming a reality. I want to make the future of healthcare delivery available today to touch more lives and save lives.