Clinical Geneticist Elaine Zackai Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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Elaine H. Zackai, MD Elaine H. Zackai, MD, the Director of Clinical Genetics and the Director of the Clinical Genetics Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), was recently selected as the 2022 recipient of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine's David L. Rimoin Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Genetics.

Zackai, who also holds the Letitia B. and Alice Scott Endowed Chair in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology and is about to celebrate 50 years as a CHOP faculty member, was selected for this distinction for “her renowned expertise diagnosing birth defects and genetic disorders; her compassionate and resourceful care for patients and families; her prolific research collaboration with colleagues around the world; and her mentorship and teaching of clinicians, researchers, and genetics counselors who have in turn modeled their work on her standards for excellence.” Click here to learn more about this award.

At CHOP, Zackai’s impact can be felt across the campus. She has inspired numerous former trainees who are now working in similar programs around the world. Countless patients have benefited from her compassionate care and innovative research.

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