Science and Medicine: Genetics

Dr. Robert Marion

Robert Marion, professor of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology and women’s health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and the Ruth L. Gottesman Professor of Developmental Pediatrics at Einstein, is the director of the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center and the University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the Rose F. Kennedy Center. He is chief of the divisions of genetics and of development medicine at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and director of the Center for Congenital Disorders. A 1979 graduate of Einstein, Dr. Marion has been a faculty member at Einstein since completion of his training in 1984. From 2002 until 2007, he served as co-director of medical student education for Einstein’s department of pediatrics. In June 2008, he became chair of Einstein’s committee on admissions. Dr. Marion’s clinical and research interests include the natural history and genetic basis of multiple malformation syndromes. He has published extensively in the medical literature and is the author of seven books including “The Intern Blues,” “The Boy Who Felt No Pain” (winner of a Christopher Award), and “Genetics Round: A Doctor’s Life in the Field that Revolutionized Medicine,” which will be published by Kaplan in October 2009. A resident of Westchester County, Dr. Marion lives with his wife, Beth Schoenbrun, a teacher at Scarsdale High School, and is the father of three children. Sample Titles Was George Washington Really the Father of Our Country? A Clinical Geneticist Looks at World History Miracles in Medical Genetics How To Get Happily Accepted to Medical School The Genetics of Autism Genomic Medicine: The Future is...

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Chani Wiesman, MS, CGC

Chani Wiesman, MS, CGC is a genetic counselor with the Program for Jewish Genetic Health of Yeshiva/Einstein and with Montefiore Medical Center, where she specializes in reproductive and cancer genetics.  Chani received her BA degree in Biology from CUNY-Queens College in 2007 and her MS degree in Genetic Counseling from Northwestern University in 2009. Prior to joining Montefiore, Chani served as a genetic counselor at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, specializing in reproductive and pediatric genetics as well as working closely with Columbia’s Cystic Fibrosis Center. Chani presents frequently in the Jewish community about Jewish genetic diseases, carrier testing and available family planning options for carrier couples. Sample Titles Genetics in Medicine: Current Applications and Future Prospects Hereditary Risk: Breast and Ovarian Cancer in the Jewish Community Jewish Genetic Diseases and Ashkenazi Jewish Carrier...

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