Eric Vilain, M.D., Ph.D., is the James A. Clark Distinguished Professor of Molecular Genetics and the Director of the Center for Genetic Medicine Research at Children’s National Hospital. He specializes in gender-based and endocrine genetics for the Division of Endocrinology. He cares for children with differences in sex development and children with genetic causes of endocrine disorders, with a passion to improve long term outcomes.
He is a fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics and a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). As a researcher, his laboratory explores the genetics of sexual development, focusing on the molecular mechanisms of gonad development.
Dr. Vilain earned his medical degree from the Paris Children’s Hospital Necker and his Ph.D. from the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in medical genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he became professor of Human Genetics, Pediatrics and Urology in the David Geffen School of Medicine and the Chief of Medical Genetics.