Approval of Dr. Philip F. Giampietro as the Inaugural Asok K. Ray, MD, FRCS (Edin) and Purnima Ray Professor in Pediatrics
Effective August 16, 2022, Philip F. Giampietro, MD, PhD, has been named the inaugural Asok K. Ray, MD, FRCS (Edin) and Purnima Ray Professor in Pediatrics by Dr. Mark I. Rosenblatt, Executive Dean, on behalf of the University of Illinois College of Medicine along with the full support of the Chancellor, Provost, and Vice Chancellors for Academic Affairs, Advancement, and Health Affairs. This appointment has been made possible by a generous gift from Dr. Ray through the Indima Foundation, with Dr. Ray naming the professorship after both himself and his wife to honor her stalwart support of his career and philanthropy over the years. The endowed professorship will focus on genetically determined disease research and care management, with a particular emphasis on programs related to the genetics of congenital bone disease. Preparations for an investiture ceremony are underway for Dr. Giampietro, Professor of Pediatrics, who is Chief of the Section of Pediatric Genetics. Dr. Giampietro graduated from the Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Program of the City University of New York’s Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and then received his medical degree from the State University New York (SUNY) School of Medicine in Stony Brook. He completed an internship at the SUNY Stony Brook University Hospital Department of Pediatrics and a residency at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center Department of Pediatrics in New Hyde Park. He also completed a medical genetics fellowship at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York. He is board certified in General Pediatrics and in Medical Genetics. His clinical interests include dysmorphology, connective tissue disorders, and birth defects. His research interests include the genetics of congenital and idiopathic scoliosis. He has worked closely with orthopedic surgical colleagues, clinical and molecular geneticists, and epidemiologists to better understand genetic and environmental contributions to these conditions. He also has interests in use of social media for children with genetic conditions, personalized medicine, and syndrome delineation.