Myron Genel MD, FAAP, FACPM

Professor Emeritus of and Senior Research Scientist in Pediatrics (Endocrinology) and Clinical Professor of Nursing

Research Interests

health and research policy; gender identity and assessment for elite athletic competition


Research Summary

Dr. Genel is interested in disorders of sexual differentiation and gender verification procedures. He was a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical Commission's Working Group on Transsexual Athletes which drafted criteria, later approved by the IOC, which permits transsexual athletes to compete in international athletic competition. A report, co-authored with IOC Medical Commission chair, Arne Ljungqvist, appears in the December 2005 Medicine and Sport special issue of The Lancet. Subsequently he has served as a consultant to the IOC's Medical Commission on issues relating to gender identity in elite competition and helped organize international conferences on eligibility assessment held in January and October, 2010.

Extensive Research Description


Dr. Myron Genel is actively engaged in directing public policy relating to health care for children and to clinical research. Dr. Genel received the 2004 Joseph W. St. Geme Leadership Award, one of the highest honors in academic pediatrics, primarily for two decades' leadership of the Public Policy Council of the American Pediatric Society, Society for Pediatric Research and Association of American Pediatric Department Chairs, which he founded and directed for 27 years until 2011. Previously he was the recipient of the Abraham Jacobi Memorial Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association and was named a Distinguished Service Member of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in 2005. He served as chair of the American Medical Association's Section on Medical Schools and its Council on Scientific Affairs, as a member of the Institute of Medicine's Clinical Research Roundtable and was president of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering for two years beginning in July, 2008. Dr. Genel was a member of the National Children's Study Federal Advisory Committee from 2005-2008 and the HHS Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) for three years beginning in June 2006. He was a founder of the Connecticut Stem Cell Coalition and has been a member of the Connecticut Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee since its inception in 2005. He is a member of the Planning Committee for StemCONN 11, the third biennial international symposium on stem cell research scheduled for March 2011.

Dr. Genel is interested in disorders of sexual differentiation and gender verification procedures. He was a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical Commission's Working Group on Transsexual Athletes which drafted criteria, later approved by the IOC, which permits transsexual athletes to compete in international athletic competition. A report, co-authored with IOC Medical Commission chair Arne Ljungqvist, appears in the December 2005 Medicine and Sport special issue of The Lancet. In 2010 he helped organize two international conferences on gender identity for elite women's athletic competition sponsored by the IOC and the International Association of Athletic Federations(IAAF)


Selected Publications

  • Genel M, McCaffree MA, Hendricks K, Dennery PA, Hay WH, Stanton B, Szilagyi PG and Jenkins RR. A National Agenda for America's Children and Adolescents in 2008. Recommendations from the 15th Annual Public Policy Plenary Symposium, Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, May 3, 2008. Pediatrics 122: 843-849.2008 Genel, M. Charting a Future for the University of Connecticut Health Center. Conn Med 72;293-294, 2008 Genel, M. and Ljungqvist, A. Gender Verification of Female Athletes. Lancet 366:S41, 2005. In "Medicine and Sport", special issue, 2005 Ljungqvist, A and Genel, M. Transsexual Athletes: When is Competition Fair? Lancet: 366:S42-43, 2005. In "Medicine and Sport", special issue, 2005 Sung, NS, Crowley, W, Genel, M, Salber, P, Sandy, L, Sherwood, L, Johnson, SB, Catanese, V, Tilson, H, Getz, K, Larson, E, Scheinberg, D, Reece, EA, Slavkin, H, Dobs, A, Grebb, J, Martinez, R, Korn, D and Rimoin, D. Central Challenges Facing the National Clinical Research Enterprise. J. Amer. Med.Assn. 289:1278-1287, 2003

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