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Dr. Sanjay Bidichandani Joins Children's Hospital Foundation Family

Friday, December 21, 2012 - Campus News -

Children's Hospital Foundation is excited to announce Sanjay Bidichandani, MBBS, Ph.D., as the CMRI Claire Gordon Duncan Chair in Medical Genetics.  Dr. Bidichandani is a skilled researcher, physician and academician who brings years of experience and leadership in the area of pediatric medical genetics to Children's Hospital.

Dr. Bidichandani earned his M.B.B.S. from the University of Pune, India and his Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, U.K. His experience includes being a Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center as well as serving as Vice-President for Research at the National Dystrophy Association.

"Dr. Bidichandani is an asset to Oklahoma geneticists and the colleagues, patients, families, and citizens served across the state," said Kathy McCracken, Children's Hospital Foundation Executive Director. 

Combined with additional duties to grow human and medical genetics across the Oklahoma Health Center, Dr. Bidichandani has accepted the offer to become Head of the Section of Genetics, Department of Pediatrics.

"I am so pleased to pass the mantle of leadership in medical and human genetics in Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center/Oklahoma Health Center to such a brilliant, knowledgeable, and gracious person," said Dr. John Mulvihill, CMRI Kimberly V. Talley Chair in Medical Genetics.

Dr. Bidichandani comes with a vision for applying the basic science of genetics to improving human welfare through clinical and translational research, education and training across the lifespan, and clinical and laboratory services. 

"Genetics is becoming a progressively more important, integral component of medicine and a strong genetics program is important for the State's healthcare system," said Dr. Terrence Stull, CMRI Patricia Price Browne Distinguished Chair in Pediatrics. "Dr. Mulvihill has built our genetics program to become nationally recognized for its clinical, teaching and research components.   We are very enthused to have Dr. Bidichandani move from his position as Vice-President of Research at the Muscular Dystrophy Association to become the CMRI-Claire Gordon Duncan Endowed Chair and Section Chief for Genetics and lead a further expansion of this important area."

Children's Hospital Foundation helps to fund pediatric research, education and clinical care, ultimately supporting The Children's Hospital in serving every county in Oklahoma with more than 162,000 annual patient visits.  All funds raised through Children's Hospital Foundation stay in Oklahoma so children will have access to exceptional pediatric specialists without having to leave the state.  Despite dedicated and steady progress, there are still obstacles in the quest to combat pediatric illness and disability. 

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Children's Hospital Foundation, proud affiliate of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, is a nonprofit 501c (3) organization in Oklahoma improving the health of children. Since its inception in 1983, Children's Hospital Foundation, through its volunteer board and vast community support, has funded pediatric research, education and clinical programs including collaborative projects with the OU Department of Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center, OU Children's Physicians and the University Hospitals Authority and Trust.  For more information, contact Executive Director, Kathy McCracken at 405.650.1718 or visit our website:

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