Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D. is a pediatrician and medical geneticist who is Senior Advisor at the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children. From 2009-2015, he served as director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the focal point at the National Institutes of Health for research in pediatric health and development, maternal health, reproductive health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and rehabilitation medicine, among other areas. Dr. Guttmacher came to NIH in 1999 to work at the National Human Genome Research Institute, where he served in a number of roles, including Deputy Director and Acting Director, thus overseeing that institute’s efforts to advance genome research, integrate that research into health care, and explore the ethical, legal, and social implications of human genomics.
Among Dr. Guttmacher’s areas of expertise is the development of new approaches for translating genomics into better ways of diagnosing, treating, and preventing disease. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, he completed an internship and residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Medical Genetics at Harvard and Children’s Hospital of Boston. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.