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John M. Graham, MD

Director, Clinical Genetics and Dysmorphology

Director, Dysmorphology Program

Professor, Pediatrics

John M. Graham, MD

Director, Clinical Genetics and Dysmorphology

Director, Dysmorphology Program

Professor, Pediatrics

  • Medical Genetics

Achondroplasia (Dwarfism)



Brain Malformations

Congenital Central Nervous System Malformations

Congenital Hand Differences

Congenital Heart Diseases

Fetal growth restriction

Genetic Counseling


Marfan's Syndrome




Spina Bifida

Spina Bifida - Pediatric


John Graham, MD, is a pediatrician and medical geneticist with more than 35 years of training and experience in clinical genetics, dysmorphology, teratology, developmental disabilities, communicative disorders and public health aspects of birth defects. He completed fellowships in developmental disabilities and dysmorphology, and his research involves teratogenic syndromes, genetic syndromes and other factors that cause birth defects. He holds a lifetime appointment as a professor of Pediatrics emeritus at UCLA School of Medicine, where he is on the executive committee of the UCLA Intercampus Medical Genetics Training Program. Graham continues to treat patients at Cedars-Sinai and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He is an academic clinical geneticist, and his experience covers a wide variety of clinical problems, including craniofacial disorders, growth disorders, birth defects, intellectual disability, genetic conditions and teratogenic disorders. He serves on the Section of Genetics and Birth Defects and the Section of Child Development for the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has served on the editorial boards for the following journals: Teratology, Birth Defects Research, American Journal of Medical Genetics, Congenital Anomalies (Japan), Annales de Génétique (France), European Journal of Medical Genetics, Global Pediatric Health Clinical Pediatrics. Graham is a past president of the Teratology Society. He is a past president of the Society for Craniofacial Genetics. He has authored more than 240 publications in peer-reviewed journals, more than 100 reviews and book chapters, and one book. He has been a longstanding and active member of numerous professional organizations and academic societies concerned with the health of children and with the causes and prevention of birth defects, including the American Society of Human Genetics, European Society of Human Genetics, American College of Medical Genetics, American Pediatric Society and Teratology Society.

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  • Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina, 1975
  • Residency: Bostom Children's Hospital, 1977
  • Fellowship: Boston Children's Hospital, 1978
  • Fellowship: University of Washington, 1980

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  • Lifetime Achievement Award in Recognition of Extraordinary Achievement in Teaching and Mentoring, Cedars-Sinai Medical Genetics Institute, June 27, 2013
  • Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching Medical Genetics, Cedars-Sinai, June 2012
  • Listed by U.S. News and World Report as being among the best doctors and in the top 1% of Clinical Geneticists in the U.S., 2012
  • Elected to Delta Omega, Honorary Public Health Society, Alpha Chapter, Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health, 1994
  • Award for Excellence in Education, UCLA School of Medicine, 1993
  • Saul Blatman Clinical Scholar Award, Department of Maternal and Child Health, Dartmouth Medical School, 1986
  • Saul Blatman Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of Maternal and Child Health, Dartmouth Medical School, 1987
  • Poncin Scholarship Award, University of Washington School of Medicine, 1979
  • Mosby Scholarship Book Award for Scholastic Excellence, 1974, 1975
  • Gold Medal, Student A.M.A. Squibb Scientific Exhibit Competition, National Student Research Forum, Galveston, Texas, 1974
  • Gold Medal and Grand Award, Student AMA Squibb Scientific Exhibit Competition, National Student Research Forum, Galveston, Texas, 1973
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Fraternity, 1973
  • Lange Award for Scholarship and Student Community Service, 1973

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Click here for a list of peer-reviewed publications.

  • Graham JM Jr, Sanchez-Lara, PA. Chapter 5: Skull. In: Human Malformations and Related Anomalies. 3rd ed. New York: Oxford University Press. 2016. [In press].
  • Graham JM Jr., Sanchez-Lara PA. Smith's Recognizable Patterns of Human Deformation. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia, Elsevier-WB Saunders Co. 2016. [In press].
  • Russell B, Johnston JJ, Biesecker LG, Kramer N, Pickart A, Rhead W, Tan W-H, Brownstein CA, Clarkson LK, Dobson A, Rosenberg AZ, Graham JM Jr. Clinical management of patients with ASXL1 mutations and Bohring-Opitz Syndrome, emphasizing the need for Wilms tumor surveillance. Am J Med Genet A. 2015 Apr 29. [Epub ahead of print].
  • McMillin MJ, Beck AE, Chong JX, Shively KM, Buckingham KJ, Gildersleeve HI, Aracena MI, Aylsworth AS, Bitoun P, Carey J, Clericuzio CL, Crow YJ, Curry CJ, Devriendt K, Everman DB, Fryer A, Gibson K, Giovannuci-Uzielli ML, Graham JM Jr, et al. Mutations in PIEZO2 cause Gordon syndrome, Marden-Walker syndrome, and distal arthrogryposis type 5. Am J Hum Genet. 2014;94(5):734-744.
  • Keppler-Noreuil KM, Sapp JC, Lindhurst MJ, Parker VER, Blumhorst C, Darling T, Tosi LL, Huson SM, Whitehouse RW, Jakkula E, Grant I, Balasubramanian M, Chandler KE, Fraser JL, Gucev Z, Crow YJ, Manace LM, Clark RD, Sellars EA, Pena LDM, Krishnamurth V, Shuen A, Braverman N, Cunningham ML, Sutton VR, Tasic V, Graham JM Jr, et al. Clinical delineation and natural history of the PIK3CA-related overgrowth spectrum. Am J Med Genet A. 2014;164A(7):1713-1733.
  • Kuo AA, Tritasavit S, Graham JM Jr. Congenital muscular torticollis and positional plagiocephaly. Pediatr Review. 2014;35(2):79-87.

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