Physician’s Profile

Wendy K. Chung, MD, PhD

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

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


<p><strong>Center for Research on the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic and Behavioral Genetics (PI: Appelbaum), RM1HG007257-06, 09/17/18 – 06/30/22, </strong>Center for Research on the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic and Behavioral Genetics, <u>Wendy K. Chung, MD, PhD</u>. Co-Investigator. To support a center to promote research and training on ELSI issues in psychiatric, neurologic and behavioral genetics.</p>

<p><strong>Screening for Cardiac Amyloidosis with Nuclear Imaging in Minority Populations (PI: Maurer), R01 HL139671-01A1 SCAN-MP, </strong><u>Wendy K. Chung, MD, PhD</u>. Co-Investigator. Responsible for coordinating activities at Columbia University Medical Center.</p>

<p><strong>Health Care Provider Responses to Receiving Unsolicited Genomic Results (PI: Holm, Ingrid Adele), 1 R01 HG010004-01A1, </strong>$922,828, <strong>07/01/18 – 4/30/19, </strong><u>Wendy K. Chung, MD, PhD</u>. Co-Investigator. Responsible for coordinating


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, 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, 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 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.
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.