Marshall Summar

Marshall Summar, MD
Chief, Genetics and Metabolism
Margaret O’Malley Professor of Genetic Medicine

Dr. Summar, internationally known for his pioneering work in caring for children diagnosed with rare diseases, including urea cycle and related disorders, joined Children’s National in 2010. Previously, at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine he directed the Program in Translational Genetics, the DNA Core program, and started the inborn errors of metabolism program. The ability to study rare diseases
and apply the findings to common diseases, especially in intensive care and emergency room settings, is a hallmark of Dr. Summar’s work. Currently, his research focuses on the interaction between common genetic variations and the environment. This involves research in heart disease, asthma, pulmonary hypertension, oxident injury and aging, Down syndrome and liver disease.  Dr. Summar is board-certified in Pediatrics, Clinical Genetics, and Biochemical Genetics and has been listed with Best Doctor’s in America since 2004. He serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Pediatrics and is the president-elect for the Society of Inherited Metabolic Disorders.

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