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RIMOIN, DAVID


INTERVIEW
JANUARY 23 -FEBRUARY 6, 2002

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

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MAJOR PAPERS

INTERVIEW HISTORY AND RELATED MATERIALS

EARLY YEARS AND RESIDENCY

THE GENETICS OF ENDOCRINE DISEASE

GROWTH HORMONE DEFICIENCY; ISOLATED POPULATION STUDIES

SKELETAL DYSPLASIA

PEDIATRIC GENETICS AT UCLA

PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF MEDICAL GENETICS

THE AMERICAN BOARD AND THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF MEDICAL GENETICS

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David L. Rimoin, Steven Spielberg Chair and Director of the Medical Genetics Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, was best known for his work on the genetics of skeletal dysplasia, and for his pioneering recognition in 1967 that common diseases like diabetes mellitus were not single-gene phenotypes, but could result from any one of a group of genetic variations.  Dr. Rimoin died in May, 2012.

Biographical Sketch

David Rimoin was born in 1936 in Montreal, Canada.  He earned his MD from McGill University in 1961, and completed residency training there and at Johns Hopkins, where he received a PhD in human genetics in 1967.  He worked at Washington University in St. Louis for three years before coming to Los Angeles in 1970, where he built divisions of human genetics first at Harbor-UCLA and then, from 1986, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, also affiliated with UCLA.  Currently, Dr. Rimoin is Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Medical Genetics Institute at Cedars-Sinai.  In addition to his institutional leadership, Dr. Rimoin is perhaps best known for his pioneering demonstration in 1970 that diabetes mellitus was the phenotypic reflection of not a single genetic allele, but of multiple possible genetic variants; this work laid the foundation for the field of common disease genetics.  He is also recognized for his pioneering studies of genetic syndromes of dwarfism and skeletal dysplasia, and for his classic co-authored textbook, Emery and Rimoin’s Principles and Practice of Medical Genetics, which first appeared in 1983.  Dr. Rimoin died in 2012.

                                                        Timeline

1936

Born November 9, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1957

Graduated from McGill University with First Class Honors in Genetics

1961

Received M.D. and M.Sc. degrees from McGill

1961-64

Internship and Residencies in Montreal and Baltimore

1966

Reported isolation of human growth deficiency hormone gene

1967

Published paper on genetic heterogeneity of diabetes mellitus

1967

Earned Ph.D. in Human Genetics from Johns Hopkins University

1967-70

Director, Medical Genetics Clinic, and Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Washington University St. Louis

1967-70

RCDA from NICHD; first grant on skeletal dysplasias (renewed for >30 years)

1969

Paper on subresponsiveness to human growth hormone in African pygmies

1970-73

Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine

1970-86

Chief, Division of Medical Genetics, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

1973

Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, UCLA

1976

Ross Outstanding Young Investigator Award, Western Soc for Pediatric Research
Mead Johnson Aware for Research in Pediatrics, American Acad of Pediatrics

1979-83

Founding President, American Board of Medical Genetics

1983

First edition of Emery and Rimoin's Principles and Practice of Medical Genetics

1984

President, American Society of Human Genetics

1986-2004

Chairman, Department of Pediatrics and Director of Medical Genetics - Birth Defects Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles

1992-98

Founding President, American College of Medical Genetics

1993

President, Council of Medical Genetics Organizations

1997

March of Dimes Lifetime Achievement in the Genetics Sciences Award

2004

Director, Medical Genetics Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

 

 

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