The Thomas D. Gelehrter, M.D. Lectureship in Medical Genetics is part of a vision to foster the expansion of the clinical, educational, and research programs in medical genetics, and builds upon Dr. Gelehrter’s career dedicated to promoting excellence in research, education, and care in medical genetics.
A graduate of Oberlin College and Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, and after earning his medical degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Medical School, and residency and fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the University of Washington, Gelehrter began his career as an assistant professor in the Yale University School of Medicine. After four years, during which time he was promoted to associate professor of human genetics, medicine and pediatrics, he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1974, and holds appointments in Human Genetics and Internal Medicine. From 1987-2004, he was Chair of U-M's Department of Human Genetics. He has been recognized by the National Cancer Institute, NIH for outstanding research, and the Permanente Award for Excellence in Preclinical Teaching. He continues to teach and see patients as an Emeritus faculty member. In the fall of 2009, Dr. Gelehrter received the University of Michigan Dean’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in Medical Education, and the prestigious Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education from the American society of Human Genetics. Medical students and residents have benefited from his knowledge and skill, as well as numerous grateful patients.
During a career of almost 40 years of service to the Medical School, Thomas D. Gelehrter, M.D., has proven an outstanding scholar, physician and scientist and an exemplary teacher.
“Dr. Gelehrter truly exemplifies the ideal of the ‘Michigan Difference’… his outstanding teaching, popular medical genetics text book, NIH-funded research, dedicated patient care, and service as department chair… [We] are indebted to him for his service.” - James O. Woolliscroft, MD, Dean, U-M Medical School