Grand Rounds : Archive, 2003-2013

Dr. Louis “Skip” Elsas

Dr. Louis (Skip) Elsas is currently the Director of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Center for Medical Genetics here at UMMSM. He comes to us as a professor emeritus from Emory University where he pioneered Medical Genetics and helped develop a Department Of Human Genetics. He has taken on the responsibility to coordinate the development of a similar Department here at UMMSM.

We invited him to this grand round in his capacity as a geneticist but his expertise and experience is unusually broad. He is also a professor of Pediatrics and of Biochemistry, positions which he held at Emory University as well. He has been president and chair of a number of prestigious national committees including the NIH Genes, Genomes and Genetics Integrated Review Group, the Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics, the Council of Regional Networks for Genetic Services. He is the Founding President of the Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders.

He has won a number of awards for research, career development and public service and he has authored over 200 publications.

We invited him here today with some of his educational team members to discuss his innovative 4-year integrated pathway for human genetics. They developed the pathway in answer to a request by the curriculum steering committee for a “scholarly” path for specialties in Medicine. Medical Genetics was the only respondent.