• David L. Rimoin Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Genetics
  • Dr. Michael S. Watson Genetic and Genomic Medicine Innovation Fund Award

His Legacy

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 Fund. Dr. Rimoin was the second recipient of this award.

This distinction, which now includes a monetary award, ispresented to an individual in the medical genetics profession who exemplifies a lifetime of achievements and personal qualities embodied by Dr. Rimoin.

To honor Dr. Rimoin’s life and legacy, please donate online or by mail donations to:

ACMG Foundation
7101 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 1101
Bethesda, MD 20814
301-718-9603

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

The ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine (ACMGF) 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 is accepting nominations for the award starting Friday, October 11, 2019. The deadline to complete your nomination is Friday, November 22, 2019 at 5:00 PM EST. For information about the award criteria, click instruction and to view the nomination form, click here.

To give, click here and designate your gift by selecting the Dr. Michael S. Watson Genetic and Genomic Medicine Innovation Award.