Constantine A. Stratakis, M.D., D(Med)Sc, was named Scientific Director of the NICHD on August 18, 2011, after serving as Acting Scientific Director of the NICHD since July 1, 2009. Dr. Stratakis received his M.D. and Doctor of Medical Sciences degrees from the National and Capodistrian University of Athens in 1989 and 1994, respectively; he did predoctoral work at the Unit of Endocrinology, Department of Experimental Pharmacology at the same University, and at Hospital Cochin, Paris, France, before joining the Developmental Endocrinology Branch of the then National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, first as a student, and then as a postdoctoral fellow in 1988. In 1990, he continued his post-graduate medical education at Georgetown University Medical School, Washington, D.C., where he finished a residency in pediatrics and two fellowships in pediatric endocrinology (as part of the NICHD/Georgetown training program) and in medical genetics and clinical dysmorphology. Dr. Stratakis practiced general pediatrics, and he is licensed in Virginia and the District of Columbia. He is Board certified in pediatrics, pediatric endocrinology, and medical genetics.
He joined the Developmental Endocrinology Branch as a unit chief in 1996 and continued there as a senior investigator and chief of the Section on Genetics and Endocrinology, after his tenure in 2000. Since 2002, he has also been the director of the Pediatric Endocrinology (and Pediatric Genetics) Programs. Dr. Stratakis served as Head of the Program on Developmental Endocrinology & Genetics, the largest department of the clinical research program in the NICHD Division of Intramural Research, since its inception in 2007 to September 2011.
Dr. Stratakis identified the genes for Carney complex and Carney-Stratakis syndrome, and other genetic defects leading to adrenal and other tumors, and he and his laboratory have published extensively in the fields of pediatric inherited disorders and cancer genetics, and on other pediatric adrenal and pituitary disorders. He is the author of more than 300 publications and has served as a regular reviewer for more than 100 journals, including Nature Genetics, New England Journal of Medicine, and others. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Endocrine Genetics (2000-2005) and currently serves in the Editorial Boards of several journals. As of January 1, 2010, Dr. Stratakis will be the Deputy Editor of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, the leading journal of his field.
Dr. Stratakis received the 2009 Ernst Oppenheimer Award of The Endocrine Society, the 1999 Pharmacia-Endocrine Society Award for Excellence in Published Clinical Research, multiple NIH Merit Awards, and other honors. He also serves or has served on the NICHD Institutional Review Board, the NIH Continuing Medical Education and Graduate Medical Education Boards, and other committees. He has been named visiting professor in several academic centers around the world, most lately of the University of Adelaide, Australia, and University of California, Los Angeles, Medical School in California.