David L. Rimoin, MD, PhD, was Director of the Medical Genetics Institute, he held the Steven B. Spielberg Family Chair in Pediatrics and was a Distinguished Professor in Pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He also was Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, and Human Genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Rimoin served as Chair of Pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai for 18 years. Prior to moving to Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Rimoin served as Chief of the Division of Medical Genetics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He was also Director of the Genetics Clinic at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, from 1967-1970.

Dr. Rimoin earned his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal and his doctorate in human genetics from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; he also had an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degree from Finch University of Health Sciences, in Chicago. He completed his internship and residency at Royal Victoria Hospital and Montreal Children's Hospital and a residency and fellowship in medical genetics at Johns Hopkins University.

David L. Rimoin, MD, PhD, FACMG
1936 - 2012

Founding president of the ACMG and past president of the ACMG Foundation; Director, Medical Genetics Institute; Steven Spielberg Family Chair in Pediatrics; and Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles.

He died May 27, 2012 from pancreatic cancer.


Dr. Rimoin's primary areas of research focused on medical genetics, particularly short stature and the skeletal dysplasias, a group of disorders associated with abnormalities in the size and shape of the limbs, trunk and/or skull and heritable disorders of connective tissue. He was Director of the International Skeletal Dysplasia Registry, the largest such registry in the world. In 1997, Dr. Rimoin received the March of Dimes Colonel Harland Sanders Award for Lifetime Achievement in Genetics Sciences for his work explaining the genetic basis for skeletal dysplasias.

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The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics and the ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine have established a memorial fund in honor of Dr. Rimoin. To contribute to the fund online, please click here or mail donations to:

ACMG Foundation
7101 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 1101
Bethesda, MD 20814

Please include “Rimoin Award” on the memo line of your check.