Wendy Chung, MD, PhD

Dr. Chung is an admired teacher who teaches human genetics to medical, dental, nursing, public health, and graduate students at Columbia University Medical College. She created and teaches curriculum for genetics and biochemistry for the first year medical and dental students. She makes molecular genetics and intermediary metabolism come alive by using a video library of her patients telling their stories about their rare conditions, their concerns about knowing their future through their genes, and how they have grappled with decisions about pregnancy termination. She has mentored many medical, graduate, MD/PhD students and fellows in her laboratory where she studies the genetics of obesity, diabetes, breast cancer, congenital heart disease, congenital diaphragmatic hernias, and spinal muscular atrophy. She is the recipient of many awards including the 2008 Charles W. Bohmfalk Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching in the Clinical Years, the American Medical Women’s Association Mentor Award, and the American Academy of Pediatrics Young Investigator Award. She enjoys the challenges of genetics as a rapidly changing field of medicine, and strives to facilitate the integration of genetic medicine into all areas of health care and teach others how to utilize genetics in their research and practice.

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