David Rimoin, geneticist and founding president of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, has died, ACMG reports. He was 75. The Los Angeles Times adds that Rimoin "pioneered studies of dwarfism and other skeletal abnormalities." Additionally, the LA Times notes he was "among the first to recognize that diabetes is caused by a variety of genetic abnormalities and he played an influential role in establishing screening programs for Tay-Sachs disease." In a statement, current ACMG President Wayne Grody says that "for most of the formative years of our specialty, David was the face of medical genetics to the rest of organized medicine and to the public."
David Rimoin Dies
May 30, 2012