David L. Rimoin, MD, PhD, FACMG of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, was presented the American College of Medical Genetics Foundation (ACMGF) second annual Lifetime Achievement Award at its 2010 Annual Meeting.
Dr. Rimoin was recognized for his decades of contributions to genetic medicine, for his research into skeletal dysplasias and heritable disorders of connective tissue, and for helping to organize the field of medical genetics into creditable associations like the ACMG.
Presented the Award at the 2010 ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dr. Rimoin was cheered by colleagues, former students, friends and family.
Attendees from more than 29 countries participated in the event.
"Dr. Rimoin is one of the true giants of medical genetics. He's made enormous contributions in every facet of medical genetics. He is extraordinary in terms of his contribution to our profession and his teaching and work has inspired a tremendous number of geneticists," said R. Rodney Howell, MD, FACMG, president of the American College of Medical Genetics Foundation.
"It's a great honor," said Dr. Rimoin of receiving the award. "It's amazing to be recognized by your peers this way."
Born in 1936 in Montreal, Canada, Dr. Rimoin is best known for his research on short stature and skeletal dysplasias and heritable disorders of connective tissue.
He is Director of the International Skeletal Dysplasia Registry, the largest such registry in the world. A prolific writer, he has written articles for more than 410 peer-reviewed publications. His textbook, "Emery and Rimoin's Principles and Practices of Medical Genetics," is currently in its fifth edition.
Following a childhood dream of becoming a doctor, Dr. Rimoin chose genetics as a way to gain entrance to McGill University medical school.
"Ever since I was four or five years old I wanted to be a doctor," he said. "There was nob
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