Harry C. "Hal" Dietz, M.D.
Recipient of the 2008 Humanitarian Award
Harry C. "Hal" Dietz, M.D. is Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, and Molecular Biology & Genetics in the Institute of Genetic Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also an Investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He received his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Duke University and his M.D. from the Health Sciences University at Syracuse. Clinical and research training in pediatrics, pediatric cardiology, and genetics occurred at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Dietz heads a multidisciplinary clinic for the diagnosis and management of individuals with heritable forms of cardiovascular disease, with a special emphasis on Marfan syndrome and related connective tissue disorders. He is Director of the William S. Smilow Center for Marfan Syndrome Research, a group of dedicated molecular biologists focused on improvement of the lives of individuals with Marfan syndrome through the development of novel diagnostic and treatment strategies. Other research interests include the molecular basis of vessel wall homeostasis and cardiovascular aging, and the mechanism and physiologic significance of RNA quality control mechanisms in health and disease.
Dr. Dietz has received multiple prestigious awards including the Richard D. Rowe and Young Investigator Awards from the Society for Pediatric Research, and induction into the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was the 2006 recipient of the Curt Stern Award from the American Society of Human Genetics, the recipient of the Antoine Marfan Award and the 2008 Hero with a Heart Award from the National Marfan Foundation.