Reflections on an Academic Career, Dr. Judith G. Hall, Professor Emeritus, Departments of Medical Genetics and Pediatrics

Dr. Judith G. Hall
Professor Emeritus, Departments of Medical Genetics and Paediatrics,
University of British Columbia and BC Children’s Hospital

Friday, November 3, 2017
11:00 am
Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory, AERL Theatre (120)
2202 Main Mall

Little is available in the academic literature about academic career development, This talk will provide ‘ lessons learned’ from the perspective of a 40 year academic career, and will be relevant to all stages of career, from student to emeritus.

Dr. Judith G. Hall is a Clinical Geneticist and Pediatrician. She trained at Wellesley College, the University of Washington School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was chair of Pediatrics at UBC and BC Children’s Hospital from 1990-2000. She is presently Professor Emerita of Pediatrics and Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia based at Children’s & Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Her areas of research interest are human congenital anomalies, natural history of genetic disorders, and non-traditional mechanisms of genetic disease.

Dr. Judith G. Hall was born in Boston, Massachusetts. During her childhood she lived in New England, the Midwest and Seattle, Washington. After graduation from high school in Seattle, she attended Wellesley College. She received her M.D. from the University of Washington in 1966, completing a master’s degree in Genetics with Dr. Arno Motulsky at the same time. She did her Pediatric training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and fellowships in Medical Genetics with Dr. Victor McKusick and in Pediatric Endocrinology with Dr. Robert Blizzard. In 1972, she joined the Department of Pediatrics and Medicine, University of Washington, developing medical genetics clinics throughout the WAMI area. In 1981, she moved to the University of British Columbia as Professor of Medical Genetics and Director of the Genetics Services for British Columbia. In 1988 she received a Killam Senior Fellowship for a sabbatical year in Oxford, England. From 1990-2000, she was Professor and Head of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia and British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital. During 2001, she was a Distinguished Fellow at Christ College, Cambridge, UK. She became Emerita at UBC in 2005.

Her research interests are in the areas of human congenital anomalies including neural tube defects, the genetics of short stature, mechanisms of disease such as mosaicism, imprinting, epigenetics, the natural history of genetic disorders, the genetics of connective tissue disorders such as arthrogryposis and dwarfism, and monozygotic twins. She has described many previously unrecognized syndromes and the natural history of many disorders.

She has published over 335 original articles, 104 chapters, 49 conference proceedings, and 12 books, two of which have received awards. She has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals. She has played an active role in developing standards for Clinical Genetic services and pediatric physician resource planning, as well as establishing liaisons with lay groups related to specific genetic disease entities. She has been involved in education from undergraduate to continuing medical education and has personally been responsible for over 40 subspecialty fellows. In Pediatrics, she became involved in pediatric education, health care delivery for children, child advocacy issues, gender issues, and international pediatric child health.

She is a fellow of the American Board of Pediatrics, the American Board of Medical Genetics, the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Pediatrics and Medical Genetics) and the American College of Medical Genetics. She was on the founding board and Vice President of the American Board of Medical Genetics. She has been Vice President of the Society of Pediatric Research, and President of the Western Society for Pediatric Research, the American Society of Human Genetics, and the American Pediatric Society. She has served as consultant to the United Nations Scientific Committee on Effects of Atomic Radiation; on the Management Committee of the Canadian Genome Analysis and Technology Program; as an advisor to the American National Center for Human Genome Research Intramural Program; as Chair of a Canadian Paediatric Society Ross Conference and several David Smith Morphogenesis and Malformation meetings. She is a founding member of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and was responsible for its first assessment. Recently, she was President of the UBC Association of Professors Emeriti, the International Congress of Human Genetics, and the Vancouver Institute.

She has received many awards, including the Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Washington School of Medicine and Wellesley College, has been inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars and into the B.C. Science World Hall of Fame. She has a genetic student lectureship and a BC Pediatric Society prize named for her. In 1998, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, in 2011 became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Academy III, in 2015, was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, and in 2017 received an honorary degree from UBC.


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