Harry “Hal” Dietz, MD

Harry “Hal” Dietz, MD

Geneticist (USA)

Dr. Dietz is Victor A. McKusick Professor of Pediatrics in the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Dr. Dietz’s research is focused on elucidation of the etiology and pathogenesis of connective tissue disorders that involve the cardiovascular system. Using a human genetics approach, his group identified the genes responsible for multiple syndromic presentations of aortic aneurysm including Marfan syndrome, Loeys-Dietz syndrome and Shprintzen-Goldberg syndrome. His lab is best known for in-depth mechanistic studies that involve the creation and characterization of animal models. This work has firmly implicated the TGF signaling pathway in aneurysm progression and has revealed many unanticipated treatment strategies.

Dr. Dietz has received multiple prestigious awards including the Curt Stern Award from the American Society of Human Genetics, the Taubman Prize for excellence in translational medical science, and the Harrington Prize from the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Harrington Discovery Institute. He is an inductee of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Academy of American Physicians, National Academy of Medicine, Association of American Physicians, and the National Academy of Sciences.