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Portrait of Jared Cotta

Jared Cotta

Program: MPH
Graduation Year: 2016
Employer: Caris Life Sciences
Job Title: US Head of Precision Oncology Programs

Jared Cotta, MPH received his degree from Miami's DPHS in 2016. His experience at the University of Miami made a major impact on his lifeand ultimately led him to pursue a career in an emerging healthcare industry, Precision Oncology. After graduating, Jared worked for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center as the Project Manager for the precision medicine intiative. In this role he led a number of strategic initatives including development of a proprietary data solution to observe molecular profile patterns in populations across Miami- Dade. This product was eventually licensed by an Ai start up in the cancer space. Jared currently works as the US Head of Precision Oncology Programs for Caris Life Sciences. Caris is one of the largest commercial molecular sequencing labs in the country. It tests cancer patients' tumors and provides treatment indications based on their DNA. Jared's job is to visit cancer centers across the country and help them improve their ability to deliver this advanced biomarker-driven care.

My time at UM Public Health broadened my understanding and perspective on the healthcare environment and helped me to focus on accessibility as the key to improving care. This has guided me to develop strategies that increase access to molecular testing through operational improvements within cancer centers, first at UM, now across the country