Dinner Honors Legacy of Dr. Les Meyer and Celebrates Creation of Senior Genetics Scholar at the Greenwood Genetic Center

Greenville, S.C. – The Board of Directors of the Greenwood Genetic Center announced contributions of $150,000 toward the creation of the Leslie C. Meyer Senior Genetics Scholar Program at a dinner honoring the legacy of the late Greenville physician last night at the Poinsett Club. Dr. Meyer, a noted Greenville orthopedic surgeon, humanitarian and founder of the Meyer Center for Special Children, had a particular interest in genetic disorders of the skeleton.

Dr. Jon Davids, Chief of Staff at Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville, and Dr. Roger Stevenson, Director of the Greenwood Genetic Center, paid tribute to Dr. Meyer’s life of service to children with disabilities including his commitment to advancing the understanding of skeletal disorders.

“Through his many scientific publications and training of several generations of orthopedic scientists, Les Meyer’s devotion to scholarship was evident,” recalled Stevenson. “The Leslie C. Meyer Senior Genetics Scholar position is created as an extension of Dr. Meyer’s scholarly pursuits as an international authority on the genetics of skeletal disorders.”

The scientist chosen to fill this position will have broad experience and recognized accomplishments in the area of skeletal genetics. The Scholar will be in residence at the Greenwood Genetic Center for a portion of each year providing clinical consultations, teaching and conducting research related to skeletal disorders with a focus on treatment. The Scholar will also participate in clinics at Shriners Hospital, where Dr. Meyer served as Chief of Staff.

“The Leslie C. Meyer Senior Genetics Scholar will hold a prominent position on our faculty,” explained Stevenson. “The major focus of the Scholar’s work will be to develop strategies to prevent and cure disabling genetic disorders of the skeleton.”

The Greenwood Genetic Center faculty began holding monthly clinics at Shriners Hospital in 1976 at Dr. Meyer’s invitation. These clinics continue to this day providing evaluations for children with heritable skeletal disorders. Dr. Meyer was actively involved with the Greenwood Genetic Center joining their Board of Directors in 1995 and being named to their first class of Directors Emeritus in 2006.

The initial funding for the Leslie C. Meyer Senior Genetics Scholar Program was provided through the generous support of friends of Dr. Meyer.

The Greenwood Genetic Center focuses on diagnosing and treating individuals with both intellectual and physical disabilities, as well as providing research and educational resources through its main campus in Greenwood and offices in Greenville, Charleston, Columbia and Florence.

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