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People in the News: Aug 17, 2011


Marc Williams has accepted a partial appointment with the National Human Genome Research Institute to provide a clinical perspective for NHGRI's new strategic plan (IS 2/15/2011). He will be working with the Genomic Healthcare Branch, the new genomic medicine program, and other projects as requested.

Williams is the director of the Clinical Genetics Institute at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a clinical professor of pediatrics in the division of medical genetics and adjunct professor of biomedical informatics at the University of Utah. He previously had a solo pediatrician practice in Hillsdale, Mich., and has also practiced at the Riverside Medical Clinic in California. He holds a BS in chemistry and an MD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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