Healthy Kids - Winter 2023

STAFF SPOTLIGHT A Shining Star in Genomics Stephen Kingsmore, MD, named inaugural Endowed Chair in Pediatric Genomic Medicine

Kingsmore’s appointment as its first CEO. Hale presented Dr. Kingsmore with an honorary medallion to commemorate the illustrious designation during a ceremony on November 1. “The medallion will serve as a visible reminder of Dr. Kingsmore’s visionary leadership and his steadfast commitment to saving lives through rapid precision medicine,” says Hale. “It is also a symbol of the gratitude we have for Stephen’s leadership in building the Institute and leading the establishment of this important endowment.” The David F. Hale Chair in Pediatric Genomic Medicine endowment provides funding for Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine leadership in perpetuity and will drive innovation both today and inspire scientific advances in life-saving pediatric genomic medicine far into the future. “Throughout the years, David Hale has been a positive force for change, offering friendship and wisdom and guiding remarkable achievements at both Rady Children’s and Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine,” said Patrick Frias, MD, President and CEO of Rady Children’s. “With all of these accomplishments, he has impacted the lives of countless children and families in our community and beyond.”

STEPHEN KINGSMORE, MD, HAS MADE QUITE AN IMPRESSION since joining Rady Children’s in 2015. As president and CEO of Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine, Dr. Kingsmore has set the world record for the fastest genetic diagnosis of a child through rapid whole genome sequencing multiple times, has partnered with more than 80 children’s hospitals to provide expanded clinical genomic diagnostic services and has brought international acclaim to Rady Children’s. Dr. Kingsmore recently added another feather to his cap: he was named the inaugural David F. Hale Chair in Pediatric Genomic Medicine. Serving as an endowed chair is one of the highest honors in academic medicine. “I am truly humbled and honored to be the inaugural David Hale Chair in Genomics,” says Dr. Kingsmore. “We have come so far in such a short time—and would never have gotten this far without David Hale’s leadership. Thank you to David for his incredible support and for the honor of holding an endowed chair in his name.” The chair is named for David F. Hale, who has been an integral part of the accomplishments of Rady Children’s, helmed the launch of the Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine and led the international search that culminated with Dr.

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