Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Elizabeth M McNally, MD, PhD

Elizabeth M McNally, MD, PhD

Director, Center for Genetic Medicine

Elizabeth J. Ward Professor of Genetic Medicine

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Focus of Work


My laboratory studies genetic mechanisms responsible for inherited human diseases including heart failure, cardiomyopathy, muscular dystrophy, arrhythmias, aortic aneurysms. Working with individuals and families, we are defining the genetic mutations that cause these disorders. By establishing models for these disorders, we can now begin to develop and test new therapies, including genetic correction and gene editing.


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Education and Certification

  • PhD: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology (1990)
  • MD: Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1990)
  • Residency: Brigham & Women's Hospital, Internal Medicine (1992)
  • Fellowship: Brigham & Women's Hospital, Cardiovascular Medicine (1996)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Children's Hospital, Boston, Genetics (1996)
  • Board Certification: Cardiovascular Disease