Frank Greenberg Memorial Lectureship marks 20th Anniversary

The Frank Greenberg Memorial Lectureship was established in memory of Dr. Frank Greenberg, a faculty member in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics and the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine from 1981 until his retirement in 1994.

Greenberg published more than 100 articles in all areas of clinical genetics and established himself as an expert in contiguous gene deletion syndromes. He contributed to the clinical delineation of a number of congenital chromosomal abnormalities including Prader-Willi, Williams, DiGeorge and Smith-Magenis syndromes.

Greenberg was instrumental in the founding of the Williams Syndrome Professional Symposium that brought scientific presentations to the parental support organization of the Williams Syndrome Association National Convention. Greenberg proposed the creation of diagnostic criteria for Williams syndrome, which allowed better assessment of the clinical phenotype.

Through his involvement in the Medical Genetics Training Program at Baylor, Greenberg’s extraordinary abilities in dysmorphology and clinical evaluation contributed to the education of numerous clinical geneticists throughout the world. Greenberg introduced innovative teaching methods, including the use of video to capture physical features, minor anomalies and behavioral characteristics of patients seen during clinical consultations. He will be remembered as a gifted educator, mentor, talented dysmorphologist and an empathetic and caring physician.

Dr. James Lupski was the featured lecturer at the 20th annual Frank Greenberg Memorial Lectureship, which took place in late March of 2019. The title of his presentation was "Molecular Mechanisms for Genomic and Chromosomal Rearrangements."