Marshall Summar, MD
Chief, Genetics and Metabolism
Margaret Oâ€™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, joinedÂ Childrenâ€™s National in 2010. Previously, at Vanderbilt University School of MedicineÂ he directed the Program in Translational Genetics, the DNA Core program, andÂ 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 emergencyÂ room settings, is a hallmark of Dr. Summarâ€™s work. Currently, his research focuses onÂ the interaction between common genetic variations and the environment. ThisÂ involves research in heart disease, asthma, pulmonary hypertension, oxident injury andÂ aging, Down syndrome and liver disease.Â Dr. Summar is board-certified in Pediatrics,Â Clinical Genetics, and Biochemical Genetics and has been listed with Best Doctorâ€™s inÂ America since 2004. He serves on the editorial board of The Journal of PediatricsÂ and is the president-elect for the Society of Inherited Metabolic Disorders.