William R. Wilcox, MD, PhD


Office: 305H

Phone: 404-727-3201

Email: william.wilcox@emory.edu


I am a clinical, biochemical, and molecular geneticist in the Division of Medical Genetics.  I specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of metabolic disorders and genetic disorders of the skeleton, particularly dwarfisms and limb deficiency disorders.

I trained in Pediatrics at UCLA and then Medical Genetics in the UCLA Intercampus Medical Genetics Training Program.  After training, I was a member of the UCLA Pediatrics faculty based in the Medical Genetics Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center until I relocated to Emory in 2014. 

Research Interests

My research focuses on two different areas:

  1. Clinical trials of therapies for genetic disorders, particularly lysosomal storage diseases and dwarfism
  2. The genetic basis and pathophysiology of genetic disorders of the skeleton, particularly skeletal dysplasias and limb deficiency disorders.

Areas of Specialization

  • Clinical Genetics
  • Biochemical Genetics
  • Lysosomal storage diseases
  • Skeletal dysplasias
  • Limb deficiency disorders


  • BS, Biochemistry and Mathematics, UCLA, 1982
  • MD, UCLA School of Medicine, 1988
  • PhD, Molecular Biology, UCLA, 1989
  • Pediatrics Internship and Residency, UCLA, 1988-1991
  • Medical Genetics Residency, UCLA Intercampus Medical Genetics Training Program, 1991-1994

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Medical Genetics- Clinical, Clinical Biochemical, and Clinical Molecular Genetics

Professional Memberships

I am a member of the American College of Medical Genetics and serve on the practice guidelines committee.  I am a member of the Fabry Registry board of advisors and the steering committee for the NIH funded ACMG Newborn Screening Translational Research Network.

Honors and Awards

  • UCLA Alumni Scholar, 1977-1982
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1982
  • Ramsey award for undergraduate research in physical chemistry, 1982
  • John M. Adams award for excellence in Pediatrics, 1988