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Wendy K. Chung, MD, PhD

Department of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Clinical Genetics
Division of Pediatric Molecular Genetics

Wendy Chung, M.D., Ph.D. is a clinical and molecular geneticist and the Kennedy Family Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine. She received her B.A. in biochemistry and economics from Cornell University, her M.D. from Cornell University Medical College, and her Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University in genetics. Dr. Chung directs NIH funded research programs in human genetics of birth defects including congenital diaphragmatic hernia, congenital heart disease, and esophageal atresia, autism, neurodevelopmental disorders, pulmonary hypertension, cardiomyopathy, obesity, diabetes, and breast cancer. She leads the Precision Medicine Resource in the Irving Institute at Columbia University. She has authored over 300 peer reviewed papers and 50 reviews and chapters in medical texts. She was the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics Young Investigator Award, the Medical Achievement Award from Bonei Olam, and the New York Academy Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Biomedical Science. Dr. Chung is renowned for her teaching and mentoring and received Columbia University’s highest teaching award, the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. She led the pilot newborn screening study of spinal muscular atrophy in NY that helped lead to nationwide adoption of this test in newborns. She was the original plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that overturned the ability to patent genes and served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Genetic Testing. Dr. Chung 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 in a medically, scientifically, and ethically sound, accessible, and cost effective manner.

Board Certificates
Clinical Genetics and Genomics (MD)
Clinical Molecular Genetics and Genomics
Areas of Expertise:
  • ethical, legal, and social implications of genomics
  • Genomic Medicine Integration
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Autism
  • Undiagnosed genetic disorders
  • Clinical Genetics
  • Developmental Disorder
  • Precision Medicine
  • Autism
  • Birth Defects
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cancer Genetics
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cleft Palate With Cleft Lip
  • Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Inborn Metabolism Disorder
  • Inherited Arrhythmias
  • Neurogenetics
  • Obesity
  • Pancreas Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pediatric Seizures
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Rare Cancer Syndromes
  • Arrhythmia
  • Seizures
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Honors & Awards:

2018                New York Academy Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Biomedical Science

2017                Best Grand Rounds of the Year, Department of Pediatrics Columbia University

2015                American Society for Clinical Investigation

2014                Samberg Scholars in Children’s Health

2014                Science Unbound Foundation’s Best Paper in 2013, PMID 23616257.

2014                Dean’s Distinguished Lecture in the Clinical Sciences

2012-2017       Castle Connolly's Top Doctors

2012                Member, Virginia Apgar Academy of Educators

2012                Inductee, Dade County Hall of Fame

2011                Distinguished Lecturer of the Year, Class of 2014, Columbia University

2010                Society of Pediatric Research, member

2010                Distinguished Lecturer of the Year, Class of 2013, Columbia University

2009                Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, Columbia University

2008                Medical Achievement Award, Bonei Olam

2008                Distinguished Lecturer, Class of 2011

2008                Charles W. Bohmfalk Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching in the Clinical Years, Columbia University Medical College

2008                Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy, member

2005                American Medical Women’s Association Mentor Award

2005                Best Translational Research, Columbia University Department of Pediatrics Assistant Professor Research Symposium

2001                Young Investigator Research Grant Award, American Academy of Pediatrics

1998                Dean’s Research Award, Cornell University Medical College

1995                Dean's Research Award, Cornell University Medical College

1994                Louis Gibofsky Memorial Prize, Cornell University Medical College

1992                American Institute of Nutrition, Outstanding Student Research Award

1990                Phi Beta Kappa; Outstanding College Students of America; Phi Kappa Phi;

                        Golden Key Honor Society; The National Dean's List

1988                National Science Foundation summer training grant

1986-1990       Cornell Scholar; Dean's List

1986                 Westinghouse Science Talent Search, first place; National Merit scholar