Smith Family Clinic administrator selected for Practice Management Association executive committee

Huntsville, Ala. – The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine – a genomics medical office on the campus of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology – announced today that Carol Aiken, CMM, clinical operations administrator and privacy and compliance officer; was appointed to the Alabama chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Practice Management Association (AAP-PMA) executive committee.

Carol Aiken

Established in 2005, the Alabama chapter of the AAP-PMA aims to improve the knowledge and skills of pediatric practices managers. Aiken will serve as first vice chair of the conference committee, which coordinates educational conferences and provides overall leadership to the subcommittee. In her new role, Aiken will organize subcommittee meetings, recruit conference speakers and develop agendas.

“It’s an honor to have been selected for the executive committee,” said Aiken, “I look forward to working with the AAP-PMA and fellow medical administrators, along with the physicians of the AL-AAP to develop new and innovative ways to improve patient outcomes.”

Aiken is a certified medical practice administrator with the Professional Association of Healthcare Office Management (PAHCOM) and has more than 30 years of medical practice administration experience across multiple physician practice specialties and hospitals. Click here to read her full bio.

In her role at the Smith Family Clinic, which specializes in diagnosing individuals with rare or undiagnosed illnesses through the use of genomic sequencing or genetic testing, Aiken provides leadership expertise in all areas of the office and assists physicians and healthcare providers – locally and nationally – in the patient referral process. In addition, she helps guide patients through the on-boarding process and results delivery appointments.  

“Carol plays a critical role here at the office,” said David Bick, MD, clinical geneticist at the Smith Family Clinic and a HudsonAlpha faculty investigator. “Most of our patients have spent years – sometimes decades – searching for answers and Carol makes them feel welcome, and heard, which leads to a positive patient experience.”

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About Smith Family Clinic: The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine, LLC., a wholly-owned subsidiary of HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, has been established to diagnose patients with undiagnosed and misdiagnosed diseases. Patients will be seen by a clinical geneticist who will evaluate symptoms, or patient phenotype, and determine whether whole genome sequencing or another genetic test is appropriate. The data found from the genomic sequence is then interpreted clinically to identify variants, or changes in the DNA, linked to the disease.

About HudsonAlpha: HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a nonprofit institute dedicated to developing and applying scientific advances to health, agriculture, learning, and commercialization. Opened in 2008, HudsonAlpha’s vision is to leverage the synergy between discovery, education, medicine, and economic development in genomic sciences to improve the human condition around the globe. The HudsonAlpha biotechnology campus consists of 152 acres nestled within Cummings Research Park, the nation’s second largest research park. The state-of-the-art facilities co-locate nonprofit scientific researchers with entrepreneurs and educators. HudsonAlpha has become a national and international leader in genetics and genomics research and biotech education and includes more than 30 diverse biotech companies on campus. To learn more about HudsonAlpha, visit

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