After a career that spanned nearly half a century, Dr. David Rimoin, founding president of the
American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, past president of the ACMG Foundation for Genetic
and Genomic Medicine, and in many ways the founder of one of the most fast-paced specialties in
modern clinical medicine, passed away on May 27, 2012, in Los Angeles of pancreatic cancer, which
had only been diagnosed two weeks before.
As founding president of the ACMG, Dr. Rimoin set the organization on the path to becoming the
leader in medical genetics and genomics. As a visionary, admired teacher, prolific author, mentor,
beloved friend, researcher and skilled and caring physician for five decades, Dr. Rimoin touched the
lives of generations of patients as well as trainees and colleagues.
Read more about Dr. Rimoin's legacy here
For more information about the David L. Rimoin Lifetime Achievement Award click here.
To nominate an eligible candidate for this award click here
The Rimoin Fund
To honor Dr. Rimoin, medical genetics pioneer, the Board of Directors of the ACMG Foundation for
Genetic and Genomic Medicine has renamed its most prestigious award the David L. Rimoin
Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Genetics. Dr. Rimoin was the second recipient of this award.
This distinction, which now includes a monetary award, is presented to an individual in the medical
genetics profession who exemplifies a lifetime of achievements and personal qualities embodied by
To honor Dr. Rimoin’s life and legacy, please donate online or by mail donations to:
7101 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 1101
Bethesda, MD 20814
Please include “Rimoin Fund” on the memo line of your check.
The ACMG Foundation has established the Dr. Michael S. Watson Genetic and Genomic Medicine Innovation Award. The award honors Dr. Watson, as the first and longstanding executive director of the ACMG, for his nearly 20 years of transformational leadership of the College, the ACMG Foundation, and the field of medical genetics and genomics. To learn more about
Dr. Watson’s legacy read,
Tribute to Dr. Michael S. Watson and Dr. Michael S. Watson Genetic and Genomic Medicine Innovation Award news release.
The ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine will accept nominations for the award through Friday, January 31, 2020 5:00 PM EST. For information about the award criteria please click here. Please click here to access the nomination form.