10/29/2020
Wendy Chung, MD, PhD Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

The Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center is delighted to share that Wendy Chung, MD, PhD, the Kennedy Family Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine in the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons; been elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine. 

Members of the National Academy of Medicine, formerly known as the Institute of Medicine, are elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding achievement. Membership is one of the highest honors in the field of medicine. 

To date, the academy includes 53 members from the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, 19 from the Mailman School of Public Health, and seven from the School of Nursing. 

“Wendy's election to the National Academy of Medicine recognizes her broad contributions to the molecular genetics of human disease, ranging from rare gene discovery through patient care to public policy,” said Dr. Rudolph Leibel, Berrie Center Co-Director and the Christopher J. Murphy Memorial Professor of Diabetes Research. “She is also a celebrated teacher at all levels of the Columbia enterprise. On a daily basis, Wendy "drives" important activities at the Berrie Center, the university and beyond.”  

Wendy Chung, MD, PhD, the Kennedy Family Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine in the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and leader of the Precision Medicine Resource in the Irving Institute, was selected for identifying the genetic basis for over 45 monogenic conditions (two of which bear her name) across a wide range of diseases and leading the pivotal study of newborn screening for spinal muscular atrophy. 

Chung was the original plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that overturned the ability to patent genes and served on the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Genetic Testing. She is a board-certified clinical and molecular geneticist with 20 years of experience in human genetic research of monogenic and complex traits including diseases such as breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, congenital heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, inherited arrhythmias, cardiomyopathies, obesity, diabetes, congenital diaphragmatic hernias, and autism. 

She has received the American Academy of Pediatrics Young Investigator Award, the Medical Achievement Award from Bonei Olam, the New York Academy Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Biomedical Science, and the Rare Impact Award from the National Organization of Rare Disorders. Chung is renowned for her teaching and mentoring and received Columbia University's highest teaching award, the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching.

In addition, Chung received a Berrie Fellowship Award for 2002-2003 for her project, “Positional Cloning of a Gene for Type 2 Diabetes in Mice.” This work led to several papers and was supported by a National Institutes of Health grant. 

Kudos to Dr. Chung on her most recent accomplishment.