Clinical Geneticist and Pediatrician Elaine Zackai, MD, FACMG Receives David L. … – Press Release


BETHESDA, Md., March 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Revered clinical geneticist and pediatrician Elaine H. Zackai, MD, FACMG has been selected for the 2022 ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine’s David L. Rimoin Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Genetics.

Dr. Zackai, a fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and a founding fellow of ACMG, directs the Clinical Genetics Program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and holds the Letitia B. and Alice Scott Endowed Chair in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology. She was chosen for this award to recognize 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.

“Dr. Zackai is precisely the person who embodies all the qualities of the David L. Rimoin Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Genetics,” said ACMG President Max Muenke, MD, MBA, FACMG.  “Dr. Rimoin influenced Dr. Zackai’s early training in genetics. And Dr. Zackai passed on not just knowledge and commitment to patient care but a deep passion for teaching and mentoring to the next generation(s) of trainees. I am personally grateful to Dr. Zackai who trained me and had an imprint on my career.”

Dr. Rimoin’s widow, Dr. Ann Garber-Rimoin said, “It is with pleasure that the Rimoin family honors Elaine Zackai, MD, FACMG with the 2022 David L. Rimoin Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Genetics.  Dr. Zackai’s outstanding career is aligned with the qualities that characterized David’s career in medical genetics, including her excellence in teaching and mentoring, her ability to apply lab-based genomics into her clinical practice, and her gift for connecting with patients and their families. We congratulate Dr. Zakai as the recipient of…