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Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D. is the Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. In that role, he oversees the institute's activities as 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.

A pediatrician and medical geneticist, 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. One of his major research interests has been the disease hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia.

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Guttmacher 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 Institute of Medicine.

Selected Publications

Lackritz, E.M., Wilson, C.B., & Guttmacher, A.E., et al. (2013). A Solution Pathway for Preterm Birth: Accelerating a Priority Research Agenda. The Lancet Global Health, 1(6): e328-e330. External Web Site Policy

Guttmacher, A.E., Hirschfeld, S., & Collins, F.S. (2013). The National Children's Study—A Proposed Plan. New England Journal of Medicine, 369:1873-1875. External Web Site Policy

Hudson, K.L., Guttmacher, A.E., & Collins, F.S. (2013). In Support of SUPPORT — A View from the NIH. New England Journal of Medicine, 368:2349-2351. External Web Site Policy

Glass, R.I., Guttmacher, A.E., & Black, R.E. (2012). Ending Preventable Child Death in a Generation. JAMA, 308(2):141-142. External Web Site Policy

Phimister, E.G., Feero, W.G., & Guttmacher, A.E. (2012). Realizing Genomic Medicine. New England Journal of Medicine, 366:757-759. External Web Site Policy

Feero, W.G., Guttmacher, A.E., Collins, F.S. Genomic Medicine – An Updated Primer. (2012). New England Journal of Medicine, 362:2001-11. ​​ External Web Site Policy

Last Updated Date: 12/13/2013
Last Reviewed Date: 12/13/2013