Residents and Fellows

Medical Genetics Residency and Fellowship Programs

Categorical Medical Genetics Program

  • Sun Young Kim, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Tomoyasu Higashimoto, D.O., Ph.D.

Combined Pediatrics and Medical Genetics Program

  • RaeLynn Forsyth, M.D.
  • Xiao Peng, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Shira Ziegler, M.D., Ph.D.

Combined Internal Medicine and Medical Genetics Program

  • Jeffrey Ehmsen, M.D., Ph.D.

Combined MFM and Medical Genetics Program

  • Marisa Gilstrop Thompson, M.D.

Combined REI and Medical Genetics Program

  • Kamaria Cayton Vaught, M.D.
  • Lucy Chen, M.D.

Medical Biochemical Genetics Fellowship

  • Alexander Kim, M.D.

Awards and Recognition

Margaret Ellen Nielsen Fellowship in Genetic Medicine

Fellowship in Genetic Medicine logo

In recognition of the high esteem that they hold for the late Dr. Victor McKusick, Dr. Terry Taylor and his wife Julia have established The Margaret Ellen Nielsen Fellowship, in memory of their grand daughter who was born on November 14, 1990 in Kingston, New York. Shortly after birth, Margaret was diagnosed with Down syndrome, and she died while undergoing heart surgery 11 months later.

The funds from the fellowship are intended to assist genetic trainees studying in the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine | Department of Genetic Medicine. This Fellowship provides the recipient in the first year of clinical training with funds to attend the Short Course on Medical and Experimental Mammalian Genetics in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Dr. Victor McKusick began his career by studying heart defects, but rapidly developed an interest in the inherited components of diseases. In 1957 he founded the Division of Medical Genetics at Johns Hopkins and, in 1966, created the first edition of the genetic reference "Mendelian Inheritance in Man," a compilation of inherited disease genes. Today the online version (OMIM) is the largest annotated database of human genes and genetic disorders. Dr. McKusick contributed as an author and editor until the time of his death. It continues to be authored and edited by his colleagues both at Johns Hopkins University and elsewhere. A scientist as well as a prominent clinician, Dr. McKusick received a National Medal of Science June 13, 2002.

Both donors are Hopkins Alumni. Mrs. Taylor graduated from The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in 1960, while Dr. Taylor graduated from The Johns Hopkins Medical School the same year. Dr. Taylor is a board certified ophthalmologist, who attended the Bar Harbor Annual Short Course in 1970 and again in 2004 at Dr. McKusick's invitation. He is acutely interested in the field of medical genetics and maintains close ties with the medical genetics residency program as well as in the progress of the trainees he endows.

Fellowship Recipients

  • 2019: Xiao Peng, M.D., Ph.D.
  • 2018: Alexander Kim, M.D.
  • 2017: RaeLynn Forsyth, M.D.
  • 2016: Christina Peroutka, M.D.
  • 2015: Tamanna Roshan Lal, M.B., Ch.B.
  • 2014: An Dang Do, M.D., Ph.D.
  • 2013: Ingrid Wentzensen, M.D.
  • 2012: Shiv Amudhavalli, M.B.B.S.
  • 2011: Jill Fahrner, M.D., Ph.D.
  • 2010: Abdallah Elias, M.D.
  • 2009: Michael Walsh, M.D.
  • 2008: Hans Bjornsson, M.D., Ph.D.
  • 2007: Hilary Vernon, M.D., Ph.D.
  • 2006: Veronica Mardo, M.D.
  • 2005: Reem Saadeh, M.D.
  • 2004: Douglas Riegert-Johnson, M.D.

2020: Hilary Vernon, M.D., Ph.D.David Valle Clinical Teaching Appreciation Award for Genetics Faculty

  • 2019: Joann Bodurtha, M.D., M.P.H.
  • 2018: Meral Gunay-Aygun, M.D.
  • 2017: Ada Hamosh, M.D., M.P.H.
  • 2016: Julie Hoover Fong, M.D., Ph.D.

2020: Angela Pipitone Dempsey, R.D.Barton Childs Clinical Teaching Appreciation Award for Genetics Staff

  • 2019: Cathy Lawson, M.S.
  • 2018: Weiyi Mu, Sc.M., C.G.C.
  • 2017: Jackie Francis Britton, M.G.C., C.G.C.
  • 2016: Carolyn Applegate, M.G.C., C.G.C.

Recent Activities for Residents, Fellows and Programs

Residency and Fellowship Program Activities

residents at the Homewood Museum
director and residents
Nobel Winner and residents
  • Residents at the Homewood Museum

  • Bar Harbor Short Course in Medical and Mammalian Genetics
    (David Valle MD, Director of Residency and fellowship Programs, 2018)

  • Core Topics in Human Genetics (CTHG) Course
    (Gregg Semenza MD PhD, Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine, 2019)