Dr. Roger Stevenson Named to Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars

Roger E. Stevenson, co-founder of the Greenwood Genetic Center, has been elected to the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars. Stevenson and 12 other esteemed scientists and clinicians were honored during the society's 40th induction ceremony on Wednesday, May 25th, and again at the university's commencement of Thursday, May 26th.

The Society of Scholars was created on the recommendation of then president Milton S. Eisenhower and approved by the university board of trustees on May 1, 1967. The society - the first of its kind in the nation - inducts former postdoctoral fellows, postdoctoral degree recipients, house staff and junior or visiting faculty who have served at least a year at Johns Hopkins and thereafetr gained marked distinction elsewhere in their fields of physical, biological, medical, social or engineering sciences or in the humanities and for whom at least five years have elapsed since their last Johns Hopkins affiliation.

Dr. Stevenson has made enormous contributions to patients and families with genetic disorders and to the field of genetic medicine. He has focused largely on unraveling the causes of birth defects and developmental impairments. He has publlished more than 180 papers describing more than 20 intellectual disability syndromes, written two editions of the textbook The Fetus and Newly Born Infant: Influences of the Prenatal Environment and co-authored the definitve text on X-linked intellectual disability. Between 1967-1972 he received training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as a pediatrics resident and a fellow in the divisions of Metabolism and Genetics. In 1974, Dr. Stevenson co-founded the Greenwood Genetic Center and helped build it into an internationally respected nonprofit organization that advances medical genetics research and cares for families affected by genetic disease and birth defects. He recently stepped down as director but will continue to pursue his important clincial and research work at the Center.

The Committee of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars elects the scholars from among nominations made by Johns Hopkins faculty members. At induction, the scholars are presented with a diploma and a medallion on a black and gold ribbon to be worn with their academic robe. This year's inductees brings the total number of society members to 564.

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