Pamela Sklar, MD, PhD Appointed Vice Chair for Strategy, Dept. of Genetics and Genomic Sciences
Monday, June 13, 2016
Posted by: Julie Briggs
We are pleased to announce the promotion of Pamela Sklar, MD, PhD, to the position of Vice Chair for Strategy in the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences at ISMMS. In this role, Dr. Sklar, an internationally renowned neuroscientist, human geneticist, and clinical psychiatrist, will provide unified strategic planning for ISMMS and the Mount Sinai Health System in the area of precision medicine.
Under Dr. Sklar’s purview, precision medicine strategic planning will encompass four ISMMS entities: the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences, the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology, the Bronfman Institute for Personalized Medicine, and the Next Generation Health Care Institute. Dr. Sklar will oversee evaluation of existing clinical and research efforts and the development of a comprehensive five-year roadmap that emphasizes digital health and reflects the organizational priorities of both ISMMS and MSHS.
In addition to her Vice-Chair role, Dr. Sklar will continue in her current position as Chief of the Division of Psychiatric Genomics within the Department of Psychiatry. The molecular, genomic and translational focus of this multidisciplinary division will be highly compatible with the precision medicine strategic planning efforts.
Dr. Sklar, who holds the Mount Sinai Chair in Psychiatric Genomics, has dedicated her career to genetic studies of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Her many accomplishments include the identification of novel deletions strongly associated with schizophrenia, discovery of polygenic genetic risk factors for schizophrenia that overlap with bipolar disorder, and identification of the first replicated genetic finding in bipolar disorder. In furtherance of her work, Dr. Sklar has developed new programs in genetics and translational research in the areas of next-generation sequencing, stem cell biology, proof-of-concept drug trials, and large-scale sample collections.
Dr. Sklar earned her MD and PhD in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She completed clinical training in psychiatry at Presbyterian Hospital and the New York State Psychiatric Institute in Manhattan, as well as postdoctoral research training at Columbia University. Dr. Sklar worked for 18 years at Harvard Medical School, with appointments at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Broad Institute of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard, where she led the genetics program for the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research. Dr. Sklar was recruited to ISMMS in 2011.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Sklar on her appointment as Vice Chair for Strategy.