2017: Professional Achievement Award

Charis Eng, AB’82, PhD’86, MD’88

  • Founding Chair, Genomic Medicine Institute; Founding Director, Center for Personalized Genetic Healthcare; American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor; Hardis Endowed Chair of Cancer Genomic Medicine; Cleveland Clinic

  • Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences; Leader, Germline High Risk Cancer Focus Group, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center; Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, Ohio

As a physician-scientist for over 20 years, Charis Eng, AB’82, PhD’86, MD’88, has dedicated her life to patient-oriented research in genetics and genomic medicine. As founding chair of the Genomic Medicine Institute and founding director and staff physician in the Center for Personalized Genetic Healthcare, she implements evidence-based genetic- and genomics-enabled personalized health care, improving care for patients at genetic risk of disease nationally and globally. Eng is passionate about training and mentoring the next generation of physician-scientists, PhD clinical researchers, and health care leaders and has founded a unique fellowship training program in cancer genomic medicine. She advocates for women and minorities in medicine and science and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Eng has published more than 500 peer-reviewed articles and received over $50 million in lifetime funding. She has served as an advisor to the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society and serves on the expert panel of the World Health Organization’s Grand Challenges in Genomics for Public Health in Developing Countries.

After receiving her degrees from UChicago, Eng completed an internal medicine residency at Beth Israel Hospital and a medical oncology fellowship at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, as well as formal training in clinical cancer genetics at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.