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Wendy Kay Chung, MD

Precision Medicine Resource Leader, Irving Institute
Medical Director, Columbia Genetic Counseling Graduate Program
Associate Director for Education, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
Chief, Division of Clinical Genetics, Department of Pediatrics
Birth Defects
Breast Cancer
Cancer Genetics
Cleft Palate With Cleft Lip
Clinical Genetics
Clinical Genetics and Genomics (MD)
Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
Congenital Heart Disease
Developmental Disorder
Genetic Counseling
Genomic Medicine Integration
Inborn Metabolism Disorder
Inherited Arrhythmias
Pancreas Cancer
Pancreatic Cancer
Pediatric Genetics Specialist
Pediatric Seizures
Precision Medicine
Pulmonary Hypertension
Rare Cancer Syndromes
Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Undiagnosed genetic disorders
ethical, legal, and social implications of genomics

Dr. Wendy Chung is an ABMG board-certified clinical and molecular geneticist with 20 years of experience in human genetic research of monogenic and complex traits including diseases such as breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, congenital heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, inherited arrhythmias, cardiomyopathies, obesity, diabetes, congenital diaphragmatic hernias, and autism. She has extensive experience mapping and cloning genes in humans, and describing the clinical characteristics and natural history of novel genetic conditions and characterizing the spectrum of disease, and developing tailored care and treatments for rare genetic diseases. Dr. Chung directs NIH funded research programs in human genetics of birth defects including congenital diaphragmatic hernia, congenital heart disease, 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, the New York Academy Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Biomedical Science, and the Rare Impact Award from the National Organization of Rare Disorders. 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 which helped lead to the 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. 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 Rockefeller University in genetics.


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