Larry J. Shapiro, MD, is an internationally renowned research geneticist and pediatrician and became executive vice chancellor for medical affairs at Washington University in St. Louis, dean of the School of Medicine and the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor on July 1, 2003. He is the former W.H. and Marie Wattis Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, and had been the chief of pediatric services at UCSF Children’s Hospital since his arrival there in 1991. Throughout the span of his medical career, Shapiro has been internationally recognized for his significant research in human genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry. His contributions to academic medicine include patient care, research, teaching and administration. Shapiro serves on the Council of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Shapiro is a member of many professional societies and organizations and has served as the president of the American Society of Human Genetics, the American Board of Medical Genetics, the Society for Inherited Metabolic Diseases, the Western Society for Pediatric Research, the Society for Pediatric Research and of the American Pediatric Society. He is currently the Chairman of the Advisory Panel for Research and serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of Deans for the Association of American Medical Colleges. He has served on the Board and is currently the Chair-Elect of the Association of Academic Health Centers. Shapiro earned both undergraduate and medical degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. He distinguished himself academically and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha national honor societies. In 1996, he received the university’s prestigious Alumni Achievement Award. While at UCSF, Shapiro directed and expanded one of the leading academic pediatric departments in the country and helped to establish the UCSF Children’s Hospital. A Chicago native, Shapiro is married to Carol-Ann Uetake. He has three adult children and four grandchildren.