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  Lisa M. Guay-Woodford, MD, Named Director of Center for Translational Sciences and Director, Principal Investigator for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute
September 6, 2012

Washington, DC— Children’s National Medical Center announced the appointment of Lisa M. Guay-Woodford, MD, as the Director of the Center for Translational Science within Children’s Research Institute and the principal investigator of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National (CTSI-CN). In this role, she will lead efforts to provide resources that translate scientific discovery to improved health for children, focusing on childhood precursors to adult diseases and health disparities. Additionally Dr. Guay-Woodford will hold the Hudson Chair in Pediatric Research and serve as the Associate Vice President for Clinical and Translational Research at the George Washington University. 

A distinguished pediatric nephrologist and internationally recognized geneticist, Dr. Guay-Woodford’s research interests focus on the clinical and genetic factors of kidney disease, particularly autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease, a relatively rare form of polycystic kidney disease occurring primarily in infancy and childhood. On the clinical side, she joins the Division of Nephrology, where she will establish the Inherited Renal Disorders Clinic for infants and children who have a genetic form of kidney disease.

“The work already being done at the Center for Translational Science as well as the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National is incredible. I look forward to joining my new colleagues and collaborating with them on research programs that will directly impact our patients and their families,” stated Dr. Guay Woodford. “I also look forward to establishing the Inherited Renal Disease Clinic and directly working with the community here in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.”

 “Dr. Guay-Woodford is a well-established leader in translational science and her work will be an asset to strengthening programs that are already established and building new programs within Children’s Research Institute and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National,” said Mark Batshaw, MD, Interim Chief Medical Officer and Chief Academic Officer and Director of the Children’s Research Institute. “Her leadership will also expand our ability to learn about and care for patients with complex medical conditions, like polycystic kidney disease.”

Dr. Guay-Woodford joins Children’s National from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). There, she served as professor and vice chair of the Genetics Department t and co-directed the Nephrology Research and Training Center. She also directed the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical and Translational Science Award, as well as an NIH-funded Polycystic Kidney Disease Core Center. Dr. Guay-Woodford received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School.

Contact: Emily Hartman or Paula Darte at 202-476-4500.


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