Judy H. Cho, MD, Appointed Director of Institute for Personalized Medicine
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Posted by: Andrew Law
I am pleased to announce that Judy H. Cho, MD, has been appointed Director of The Charles Bronfman Institute for Personalized Medicine (IPM) at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Cho is a world-renowned geneticist who specializes in the genetic basis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). As Director, she will build on the strategic vision, quality, and cohesiveness of IPM to foster interactions within the Mount Sinai community that will catalyze substantive scientific discoveries and tangibly improve patient outcomes.
Dr. Cho, the Ward-Coleman Chair in Translational Genetics, is a professor in the Departments of Genetics and Genomic Sciences, and Medicine. With a particular interest in defining the genetic architecture underlying the higher IBD prevalence among Ashkenazi Jews, Dr. Cho and her team study the underlying differentiation of distinct immune cell subsets, differences in the epigenetic landscape of immune cell subsets, and their effects in IBD. Her pioneering research includes identifying the first recognized Crohn’s disease gene, NOD2; the interleukin 23 receptor associations; and most recently, the IBD Immunochip manuscript identifying 163 IBD-associated loci.
Her work is supported by federal funding and numerous foundations, and she has served as Principal Investigator for the seven-center National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) IBD Genetics Consortium (IBDGC) for over 12 years.
Dr. Cho was recruited to Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2013 from Yale University, where she was an endowed Professor of Medicine, Genetics, and Pediatrics, as well as Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center and Co-Director of Education for the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation. Prior to joining the Yale faculty in 2007, Dr. Cho completed her residency and chief residency at Northwestern University, and her fellowship and postdoctoral research training at the University of Chicago, where she served on the faculty for more than a decade. Dr. Cho earned her MD degree at Ohio State University. She is frequently invited to lecture nationally and internationally, and has held leadership roles in multiple professional organizations.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Cho on her appointment as Director of The Charles Bronfman Institute for Personalized Medicine.