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History of the Greenberg Center

Dr. McKusick
Dr. Victor McKusick

Dr. Victor McKusick began seeing patients with skeletal dysplasias and other genetic conditions in The Moore Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the late 1950’s. In 1957, Dr. McKusick founded the Division of Medical Genetics in the Department of Internal Medicine.  By the early 1960’s, Dr. McKusick began attending the Little People of America (LPA) meetings with assistance from Kay Smith and later Dee Miller.  He was a co-founder of the Medical Advisory Board of the LPA.  

Team with the Greenberg's
The Center's team along with Kathyrn and Alan Greenberg.

The Greenberg Center was established in 1990 by Kathryn and Alan Greenberg to support Dr. McKusick’s work caring for short stature patients and describing the unique features of each dysplasia diagnosis. With Mr. and Mrs. Greenberg’s generous gift, the Greenberg Center also provides education for patients, their families and their local healthcare providers.  Since 1990, the Greenberg Center has given over $100,000 in educational scholarships to individuals with short stature and their families.

Research conducted through the Center has yielded dozens of papers in medical journals and presentations at national and international medical conferences and patient support group meetings, all intended to improve health care for this population.  Read a history of skeletal dysplasia treatment authored by Greenberg Center director, Dr. Julie Hoover-Fong. Since 2010, the Greenberg Center has grown to provide medical care and research opportunities for individuals with all types of genetic bone conditions including metabolic bone disorders, orofacial clefts and craniosynostosis