Title: Medical Geneticist & Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Company: School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
Richard A. Gatti, MD, Medical Geneticist and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in genetics and higher education.
Amassing more than 45 years of professional experience, Dr. Gatti has been a distinguished professor emeritus at the School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, since 2015. In addition, he has been the scientific director of the Ataxia-Telangiectasia Medical Research Foundation in Hidden Hills, CA, since 1984. Prior to these appointments, Dr. Gatti served the University of California, Los Angeles, in several capacities, including as a professor of human genetics, a Rebecca Smith Endowed Chair, a distinguished professor, the founder and co-director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, and a professor of pediatrics.
Dr. Gatti became involved in the field of medicine due to the influence of his godfather, Dr. George Braddash, who actually delivered him as an infant. A profound influence on Dr. Gatti’s life, Dr. Braddash ensured that Dr. Gatti could attend the college of his choice. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College in 1958, followed by a Doctor of Medicine from the School of Medicine at St. Louis University in 1962. From 1968 to 1972, he was a postdoctoral fellow of immunology at the University of Minnesota, later transitioning to a fellow of tumor immunology at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden from 1972 to 1974.
A fellow and diplomate of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Gatti holds several patents in his field and has contributed myriad articles to professional journals. Notably, he was the first physician to perform a successful bone marrow transplant. Throughout his career, he has studied positional cloning of the ATM gene and participated in laboratory diagnostics for DNA repair disorder, as well as aided in the development of mutation targeting medicine. Currently, Dr. Gatti’s research focuses on the treatment of children with ataxia-telangiectasia, a progressive neurological disease.
As a result of his profound influence in the field of genetics and immunology, Dr. Gatti was invited as a keynote speaker with the Bone Marrow Transplantation Society in Italy in 2008, and he has given more than 10 presentations in the past year alone. In an effort to stay abreast of changes within his industry, Dr. Gatti maintains affiliation with numerous organizations, including the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies, the American Society of Forensic Examiners, the Society of Pediatrics Research, the American Pediatric Society, the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, and the American Society of Human Genetics, among others. In addition, he was the inaugural president of the Robert A. Good Honor Society from 2006 to 2007.
In recognition of his exceptional contributions to medicine, Dr. Gatti has accrued a number of accolades during his impressive career. Most recently, he was awarded a Grand Rounds Lectureship from the School of Medicine at Yale University in 2009 and the School of Medicine from the University of Winnipeg in Canada in 2008, as well as two Jeffrey Modell Lectureships from Tulane University and Baby’s Hospital in Cleveland, OH. The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ataxia-Telangiectasia Medical Research Foundation in 1990, he also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jeffrey Modell Foundation in 1980 and several Career Development Awards from the National Institutes of Health from 1970 to 1974. Furthermore, Dr. Gatti has been highlighted in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in the World.
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