Medical Biomedical Genetics

Dr. William WilcoxDr. William R. Wilcox, MD, PhD

Welcome to the Medical Biochemical Genetics Training Program. The Emory program takes advantage of our extensive patient population of all ages, newborn screening, clinical research, and experienced faculty to provide a well-rounded, comprehensive, and stimulating learning experience.


Candidates must be physicians who will have successfully completed a residency in medical genetics or a combined program with medical genetics.






This one-year, fully funded, ACGME accredited fellowship program encompasses:

  1. 41 weeks of intense experience in the outpatient and inpatient evaluation and care of patients with the full gamut of metabolic disorders
  2. Four weeks of clinical biochemical genetics laboratory training.
  3. Four weeks of research
  4. Three weeks’ vacation.


Some highlights of our program:

  • A team of seven medical geneticists with broad experience in clinical genetics, metabolism, and clinical trials..
  • A large catchment area including the State of Georgia, and parts of Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, and Florida ensures the trainee of broad exposure to rare diseases in the inpatient and outpatient setting. There are over 5000 outpatient visits and 800 inpatient consultations a year.
  • We care for metabolic patients of all ages and are the only metabolic center in the state. Many adult patients began their care here as children.
  • Emory has the newborn screening follow-up contract for the state of Georgia. As such, residents will learn all aspects of newborn screening and have the opportunity to partake in pilot programs for new disorders.
  • The Division of Medical Genetics has a dedicated Clinical Trials Group composed of genetic counselors, nurses, coordinators and PIs to help bring new therapies to patients with genetic disease. Currently, there are more than 25 active clinical trials.
  • All trainees attend and present (at minimum) at one national meeting a year, typically ASHG, ACMG or SIMD.
  • All trainees attend the North American Metabolic Academy.
  • The Division works closely with the Emory Genetics Laboratory where trainees do their four-week rotation in the clinical biochemical genetics laboratory.
  • A premier genetic counseling training program.
  • The Division is part of Emory’s Department of Human Genetics, which boasts over 50 faculty members who are among the brightest and best leaders in clinical and human genetics.


Applications are accepted directly.

Questions can be directed to me  or our coordinator, Liz McKenna.