Dr. Genel joined the medical school faculty in September 1971 and was Associate Dean, Government and Community Affairs at Yale School of Medicine 1985-2004. Previously he was chief of the section of pediatric endocrinology and program director of the Children's Clinical Research Center. He is the author or co-author of more than 140 original articles and has made numerous presentations at national and international scientific meetings.
Dr. Genel has served at the interface between biomedical research, clinical endocrinology and public policy in many capacities. He was a member of the National Children's Study Federal Advisory Committee from 2005-2008, the HHS Secretery's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections(SACHRP) from 2006-2009 and a charter member of the Institute of Medicine's Clinical Research Roundtable which met from 2000-2004. He is a founder of the Connecticut Stem Cell Coalition and since 2005 has been a member of Connecticut's Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee which oversees distribution of $100 million in state funds to support embryonic stem cell research. Dr. Genel has been a consultant to the International Olympic Committee's Medical Commission on issues relating to gender identity in elite athletic competition.
Dr. Genel was elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering in 1992, has been a member of its executive council since 2000 and the Academy's president for two years beginning July 2008. For twenty-seven years beginning in 1984 he directed the public affairs activities of three major pediatric academic and research societies: the American Pediatric Society, the Association of American Medical School Department Chairs and the Society for Pediatric Research. Dr. Genel was a member of the AMA Council on Scientific Affairs for seven years, serving as its chair in l999-2000, and of the governing council of the AMA Section on Medical Schools for ten years, serving as the section's chair 2003-2004. A Distinguished Service member of the Association of American Medical Colleges(AAMC), he was chair of the AAMC's Council of Academic Societies in 1990-91. Dr. Genel is the recipient of a number of awards including the Abraham Jacobi Memorial Award from the AMA and the American Academy of Pediatrics(AAP) in 1999, the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Pediatric Research in 2003, the Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award from the Federation of Pediatric Organizations in 2004 and the Presidents Award for Distinguished Service from the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2010.