Stokes Investigator Elected Chairman of Medical Education Commission

01/1/2009

Ian Krantz, M.D., Division of Human Genetics and Molecular Biology, has been elected chairman of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) for his commitment to excellence in international medical education.

Over the next two years, Dr. Krantz will lead ECFMG’s board in addressing appropriate policy and strategic questions. He will also serve as the liaison between the board and the president and play a key role in ECFMG’s transition to a new president this year.

Following his 1991 graduation from Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel, Dr. Krantz was awarded certification from ECFMG to begin working for U.S. healthcare systems. Due to his academic standing, international reputation as a clinical geneticist, and status as an international medical school graduate with U.S. citizenship, he was chosen as an at-large member of ECFMG’s board in 2002 and became vice chair of the board in 2007.

Dr. Krantz was nominated by members to serve as chairman and ultimately selected by the board for the position. ECFMG assesses the readiness of international medical graduates to enter residency or fellowship programs in the United States through its certification program. It also offers a variety of programs and services to physicians educated abroad and other members of the international medical community.

As a pediatric geneticist at Children’s Hospital, Dr. Krantz continues to conduct research on the molecular basis for human birth defects, particularly by identifying disease genes that result in multi-system developmental disorders.