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Stuart K. Shapira, MD, PhD

Areas of Expertise

  • Birth defects epidemiology
  • Dysmorphology of autism
  • Gene and nutritional interactions
  • Newborn screening

Stuart K. Shapira, MD, PhD

Medical Officer, NCBDDD

Stuart K. Shapira, M.D., Ph.D. is a medical officer on the Pediatric Genetics Team in the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.  His research activities include birth defects epidemiology, dysmorphology of autism, gene and nutritional interactions for adverse reproductive outcomes, and newborn screening.

Dr. Shapira received his PhD degree in Genetics and his MD degree, both from the University of Chicago.  He completed a residency in Pediatrics and a clinical fellowship in Genetics and Metabolism at Boston Childrens Hospital.  He also completed dual research fellowships in Genetics and Metabolism, and in Allergy and Immunology at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Shapira is board-certified in Clinical Genetics, Biochemical Genetics, and Molecular Genetics.

Dr. Shapira practiced clinical genetics and metabolic genetics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, before joining the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities in 2005.  He serves as chairman of the Clinicians Committee for the National Birth Defects Prevention Study and chairman of the Dysmorphology Workgroup for the Centers for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology.  He also serves as a metabolic disorders/mitochondrial disease expert for the Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment Network, CDC liaison to the Committee on Genetics for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and member of the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Medical Genetics.

Dr. Shapira has authored and coauthored more than 100 articles, book chapters, and abstracts, and he has been an invited speaker at numerous regional, national, and international scientific conferences.

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