Bruce R. Korf, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of the UAB Department of Genetics, has been named president of the American College of Medical Genetics Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine. The foundation is a national nonprofit foundation dedicated to improving health and patient care through the support of research, education and the safe, effective practice of genetic and genomic medicine.
“The rapid pace of discovery and the development of new technologies are enabling new approaches to improving health and diagnosing and treating both rare and common disorders,” said Korf. “I look forward to working with the foundation and with the college in educating both our members and other health providers on the application of genetics and genomics in this extraordinary and exciting era.”
Korf is the immediate-past president of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics. He received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and his doctoral degree in genetics and cell biology from Rockefeller University. Korf holds the Wayne H. and Sara Crews Finley Chair in Medical Genetics at UAB and is the director of the Heflin Center for Genomic Sciences.
“We look forward to Dr. Korf assuming the leadership of the ACMG Foundation at a time of almost unfathomable growth and change and of increasing need for education and training of health care providers and the public to deal with the remarkable opportunities that medical genetics and genomics has to improve health and prevent disease,” said ACMG Executive Director Michael S. Watson, Ph.D.