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Metrodora Institute is where compassion, innovation, and science meet to fundamentally improve the practice of medicine. Our model significantly advances care and accelerates pathways to cures for complex multisystem disorders that are driven by dysfunction of the neuroimmune axis. Metrodora Institute is a true interdisciplinary care model that brings together leading experts from diverse fields of medicine and science while prioritizing the essential qualities of care and empathy in our practice. These core philosophies cultivate a truly collaborative and innovative culture essential for optimal care.


Metrodora Institute is a destination medical center located in the beautiful state of Utah, opening early 2023. Our primary focus is on the care and cure of conditions affecting multiple body systems that fall under the umbrella of neuroimmune axis disorders. Examples can include neurological, immunological, autoimmune, post-infectious (e.g. long-COVID), gastrointestinal (microbiota-neuroimmune axis), and connective tissue disorders. Some of these have names, and others do not.


At Metrodora Institute, patients have access to the very best diagnostic tools along with novel therapies in all of our clinical areas. Patients are also uniquely connected to leading-edge science and technology through partnerships with global leaders in biotech and biopharma. This includes next-generation genetic sequencing technologies, deep immune profiling, clinical trials, and extensive research studies. Metrodora Institute also supports broad access to healthcare through advanced telehealth and digital health system platforms to offer treatments, education, and the continuity of specialist-driven care once a patient returns home.

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Metrodora Institute was intentionally designed to provide highly-coordinated expert care for individuals living with disorders of the neuroimmune axis. We are bringing together specialists from many disciplines including:

  • Neurology

  • Autonomic Neurology

  • Gastroenterology

  • Neurogastroenterology

  • Immunology

  • Allergy

  • Rheumatology

  • Endocrinology

  • Pain Medicine

  • Genomic Medicine

  • Cardiology

  • Neuropsychiatry

  • Neuropsychology

The 55,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility includes a Center for Advanced Interventions offering routine and complex gastrointestinal and neurogastrointestinal procedures, vascular studies, and pain therapies; a Center for Neurology offering advanced autonomic testing and novel therapies such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for the treatment of depression, PTSD, and pain disorders; a Center for Infusion Medicine; and a Center for Heath Creation featuring advanced technologies and clinical experts offering the most advanced and effective physical, occupational, and cognitive therapies.


Central to the institute is our newly-created, transformative research program that is focused on discovering better diagnostics, therapeutics, and ultimately cures for individuals suffering from disorders of the neuroimmune axis. Our research team consists of geneticists, immunologists, neuroscientists, biophysicists, microbiologists, machine learning engineers, and data scientists. The research team seamlessly partners with our clinicians and patients to revolutionize research in this area. With our collaborative model of care, our clinical practice adjusts as we translate discoveries from the bench to the bedside. To drive this revolutionary research, we have created the first biobank and data repository focused on disorders of the neuroimmune axis.


Metrodora Institute forges innovative partnerships with prestigious academic institutions as well as leaders in the biotech and biopharma industry to leverage the power of advances in science and technology in order to develop new tools to accelerate research. We understand that getting the correct diagnosis requires utilizing the best diagnostic tools and for many disorders, they have yet to be developed. Our research priorities are addressing this fundamental gap to develop next-generation diagnostic tools along with enhanced therapeutics and ultimately cures.




Metrodora is named after the first female physician to author a medical text (4th century AD), "On the Diseases and Cures of Women", which at the time significantly advanced women’s health. We seek to continue this tradition.



Our founding team is composed of world-renowned physicians, scientists, and technology leaders, positioning Metrodora Institute as a world leader in the space of neuroimmune axis disorders and women’s health equity.

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Laura A. Pace MD, PhD,
Co-Founder and CEO of Metrodora 

Dr. Laura A. Pace is a Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Metrodora.  Laura is a Neurogastroenterologist with board certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, and from the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties in Autonomic Disorders. She has been a leader in the rare disease space for many years and for the past several years has served as the Co-Lead for the adult program for the University of Utah NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Network (NIH UDN) clinical site, Medical Board member for Dysautonomia International and Chair of the Gastrointestinal Working Group for the International Consortium on Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders. Laura has a BS in Chemistry from Stony Brook University, a MD from the University of Illinois Chicago, and a PHD in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has advanced research training in the areas of neuroscience, microbial physiology, evolution, and genetics, as well as analytical chemistry, studying host-microbe interactions. Additionally, she has advanced clinical training in medical genetics. She has published over 80 peer reviewed journal articles and has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and private foundations.

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James Hemp PhD
Co-Founder and CSO of Metrodora 

Dr. James Hemp is a Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Metrodora. James is an interdisciplinary scientist with over 20 years of research experience spanning biology, chemistry, physics, genetics, and medicine. He has published over 40 peer reviewed journal articles and has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and several private foundations. James received a BS in Honors Physics from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in Biophysics and Computational Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was a prestigious Agouron Postdoctoral Fellow while at Caltech.


Fidji Simo, Metrodora
Co-Founder & President of the Metrodora Foundation 

Fidji Simo is a Co-Founder of Metrodora and President of the Metrodora Foundation. She is Chief Executive Officer of Instacart and was previously the Head of Facebook App. She brings a wealth of expertise across business, technology, and advances in artificial intelligence that will position Metrodora as the most innovative research institute on such diseases. Fidji has been recognized by Fortune as part of their “40 under 40” annual ranking of most influential young people in business. She was also #2 on Fast Company’s 2017 list of Most Creative People in Business. Fidji was diagnosed with dysautonomia in 2020 and is committed to using her skills and large platform to cure these diseases. 


We are seeking innovators and thought leaders to join our growing team. Central to Metrodora culture is supporting meaningful and balanced work-life activities and professional growth, which we encourage through education and collaboration. We are committed to investments in technology and depth of talent to enhance clinical operations and patient care. We prioritize work-life balance through uninterrupted paid time off (including company-wide vacations), no on-call, no weekends, and no inpatient service. In addition, Metrodora prioritizes the wellbeing of its team by offering competitive and comprehensive benefits packages.

Metrodora Institute is situated in one of the most uniquely diverse areas of the country in Utah’s Salt Lake valley bordered by the stunning Wasatch Mountain range placing expansive outdoor recreation in your backyard. In addition, Utah is home to a thriving life sciences culture with Utah recognized as the fastest-growing life sciences community in the nation and ranked as the #1 state with the best economy in 2021. The tremendous growth in life science research combined with a highly-educated workforce from 11 higher education institutions and a strong collaborative culture between industry and the public sector has made Utah a hub for emerging life sciences among the west. Join us to become a part of this healthcare innovation ecosystem– together we can do amazing things.

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