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Jaime L. Frias


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Chilenian-American human geneticist, Madison.

Biography of Jaime L. Frias

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Dr. Frías is a board-certified pediatrician and medical geneticist with sub-specialty certification in clinical genetics and cytogenetics. He is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida and Director of the Birth Defects Center at that institution.

A native of Chile, Dr. Frías received his medical degree from the University of Chile, where he also completed his pediatric residency training. He subsequently came to the United States to train in dysmorphology and clinical genetics with the late David W. Smith at the universities of Wisconsin, in Madison, WI, and Washington, in Seattle, WA. After spending two years at the University of Concepción, Chile, Dr. Frías moved permanently to the United States as a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Florida, in Gainesville, FL. There, he became a professor of Pediatrics and Head of the Division of Genetics in 1976. In 1986 he was appointed Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Subsequently, in 1991, he returned to Florida as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida, in Tampa, FL, occupying this position until 1999.

Dr. Frías is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Founding Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics. He is a member of numerous academic societies, including the American Pediatric Society, the American Society of Human Genetics, and the Teratology Society. He is also a member of AOA, a medical honorary society, and an honorary member of the Spanish Pediatric Society.

Dr. Frías' main areas of interest have been the delineation of patterns of malformation, the epidemiology of birth defects, and the evaluation of genetic intervention and counseling in different ethnic groups. He has authored or co-authored over 150 scientific articles and more than 30 chapters in books in the fields of clinical genetics, dysmorphology, and teratology.

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