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Wayne Grody


B.S., Johns Hopkins University
M.D. and Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine
Residency and Fellowship Training,  University of California Los Angeles

Wayne W. Grody, M.D., Ph.D. is a Professor in the Departments of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Pediatrics, and Human Genetics at the UCLA School of Medicine.  He is the director of the Diagnostic Molecular Pathology Laboratory within the UCLA Medical Center, one of the first such facilities in the country to offer DNA-based tests for diagnosis of a wide variety of genetic, infectious, and neoplastic diseases, as well as bone marrow engraftment, patient specimen identification and paternity testing by DNA fingerprinting.  He is also an attending physician in the Department of Pediatrics, specializing in the care of patients with or at risk for genetic disorders.  In addition, he is heavily involved in basic molecular genetics research involving regulation of gene expression of arginase and related enzymes in hereditary arginase deficiency and various cancers, population molecular genetic screening, and construction of artificial human mutation samples.

He has been one of the primary developers of quality assurance and ethical guidelines for DNA-based genetic testing for a number of governmental and professional agencies including the FDA, AMA, CAP, ACMG, ASHG, NCCLS/CLSI, CDC, AMP, and the NIH-DOE Human Genome Project (ELSI program).  He served as a member of the NIH-DOE Task Force on Genetic Testing, and was the working group chair for development of national guidelines for cystic fibrosis and factor V-Leiden mutation screening. He has served for four years as chair of the Advisory Committee on Genomic Medicine for the entire VA healthcare system, and he is President-Elect of the American College of Medical Genetics.  Recent awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the College of American Pathologists and the Ward Burdick Award for Distinguished Service to Clinical Pathology from the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

As a sidelight, Dr. Grody has been active in the film and television industries for many years, first as film critic for MD Magazine, a national leisure journal for physicians, then as technical advisor and sometime writer for a number of feature films, TV movies, and television series including Life Goes On, Chicago Hope, CSI, Medium, Law and Order, Heroes, and both Nutty Professor movies.

Dr. Grody is double board-certified by the American Board of Pathology (Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology) and the American Board of Medical Genetics (Clinical Genetics, Molecular Genetics, and Biochemical Genetics).

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Dr. Grody’s faculty page at the UCLA Health Sciences website.