William L. Nyhan, MD, Ph.D.

Title: Professor
Company: University of California, San Diego
Location: La Jolla, California, United States

William L. Nyhan, MD, Ph.D., Professor at the University of California, San Diego, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the medical industry.

Utilizing nearly seven decades of industry experience, Dr. Nyhan is an esteemed figure in the medical field, having served as a professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego, since 1969. While acting in this role, he also worked as chairman of the department of pediatrics from 1969 to 1986. Prior to these positions, he served the University of Miami as a professor of pediatrics and chairman of the department of pediatrics from 1963 to 1969, having formerly worked as an assistant professor and associate professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University between 1958 and 1963.

While teaching at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Nyhan co-discovered Lesch-Nyhan syndrome, also known as juvenile gout, a metabolic disorder characterized by developmental disability and self-injury. Currently, he conducts research into the causes of progressive neurologic disability caused by methylmalonic acidemia following liver transplantation. He has also been involved in the development of tandem mass spectrometry to use in newborn screening.

A former member of the advisory committee on the teratogenic effects of certain drugs of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Nyhan has also lent his time and expertise to the American Medical Association Council on Drugs on the pediatric panel, the California Department of Mental Hygiene on the research advisory committee, and the March of Dimes on the basic advisory committee, among others. He has also maintained affiliation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American College of Medical Genetics, the American Association of Clinical Chemists, the American Pediatric Society, the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, and the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.

To prepare for his career, Dr. Nyhan pursued formal education at Harvard University, completing coursework from 1943 to 1945. He subsequently earned a Doctor of Medicine from Columbia University in 1949, followed by a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in biochemistry from the University of Illinois in 1956 and 1958, respectively. He completed an internship and residency at the Yale University Grace-New Haven Hospital between 1949 and 1955.

Throughout his career, Dr. Nyhan has authored multiple books and articles to professional journals, having also served on the editorial boards and committees of numerous other academic journals, such as the Western Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Pediatrics, the Annals of Saudi Medicine, and Medical and Pediatrics Oncology.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the medical industry, Dr. Nyhan has accrued several accolades. A former fellow of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, he received a Commemorative Medallion from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University and a Guthrie Award from the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Likewise, he was honored with the Pool of Bethesda Award from the Bethesda Lutheran Homes and Services. Dr. Nyhan has been highlighted in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the West.

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