Greenwood Genetic Center Appoints Dr. Steve Skinner as New Director

Greenwood, S.C. (December 17, 2010) – The Board of Directors of the Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC) announced this week that Dr. Steven A. Skinner has been promoted to Director of the Center. Dr. Roger Stevenson, co-founder of GGC and current Director, said that Skinner will assume the responsibilities of the Office of Director effective January 1, 2011. Dr. Stevenson will remain on the clinical and research faculty of GGC and will shift his focus to research on the genetic causes of intellectual disabilities and birth defects.

Dr. Skinner joined the faculty of GGC in 1989 after completing his Clinical Genetics Fellowship through the Center’s graduate training program. Currently, he is a Senior Clinical Geneticist and serves as the Associate Director of the Center.

Throughout his clinical career Skinner has devoted his time and talents to the evaluation and care of children and adults with birth defects, intellectual disabilities and other genetic disorders. He has been actively involved in the development of the South Carolina Center for the Treatment of Genetic Disorders on the GGC campus and provides clinical supervision for the genetics services provided through the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. Skinner is also a co-lead investigator for two NIH-sponsored studies to further the clinical understanding of Rett syndrome and Angelman syndrome. As Director, Skinner’s new responsibilities will focus on continuing the Center’s high standards in clinical, laboratory, research and educational services, overseeing the budget and furthering the mission of the Center through partnerships with external agencies, foundations and other Friends of the Center.

“Dr. Stevenson has been the heart and soul of the Greenwood Genetic Center for the past 36 years.” said Skinner following the announcement. “Being named as Director is certainly an honor, but also a humbling experience. I am encouraged by being surrounded by the excellent and dedicated faculty and staff of GGC and a dedicated Board of Directors.”

Stevenson co-founded the Greenwood Genetic Center in 1974 with Dr. Harold Taylor who retired earlier this year. They had the vision of a Center that would be contemporary in technology and compassionate in philosophy. Under their leadership, GGC has grown to become an internationally recognized genetic center providing services for the benefit of South Carolina but impacting patients around the globe. “I share Dr. Stevenson’s vision for the GGC and aim to lead the Center in continuing to provide the highest quality genetics care and services while establishing GGC as a leader in the treatment of genetic disorders,” said Skinner.

“It has been a great privilege to be a part of the Genetic Center’s history,” said Stevenson, “and I am particularly happy that one of our own has been elected by our Board of Directors to direct our course in the years ahead.”

Skinner is a graduate of Wofford College and received his MD from the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his pediatrics residency at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, SC. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Medical Genetics. Skinner is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the South Carolina Medical Association, the Greenwood County Medical Society, the South Carolina Pediatric Society and the American Society of Human Genetics. He is a Founding Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics.

Beyond his service to GGC, Skinner is an active member of Main Street United Methodist Church in Greenwood, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Greenwood Community Children’s Center, the Board of Directors for the Agape Pastoral Counseling Center, and the SC DHEC Commissioners Pediatric Advisory Committee, among others. He also participates in a medical mission team that travels to Honduras every January to provide medications and basic medical care for the underserved population in that area.

Skinner and his wife, Cindy, who also works at GGC as the Research Sample Coordinator, have three grown children and a newborn granddaughter.

About Greenwood Genetic Center

The Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC), founded in 1974, is a nonprofit organization advancing the field of medical genetics and caring for families impacted by genetic disease and birth defects. At its home campus in Greenwood, South Carolina, a talented team of physicians and scientists provides clinical genetic services, diagnostic laboratory testing, educational programs and resources, and research in the field of medical genetics. GGC’s faculty and staff are committed to the goal of developing preventive and curative therapies for the individuals and families they serve. GGC extends its reach as a resource to all residents of South Carolina with satellite offices in Charleston, Columbia, Florence and Greenville. For more information about GGC please visit www.ggc.org.

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