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Aetna U.S. Healthcare Professorship in Medical Genetics

School of Medicine

Established in 1996 by Aetna U.S. Healthcare

AETNA U.S. HEALTHCARE is a leading provider of managed healthcare benefits and indemnity healthcare benefits, as well as group insurance coverage, pharmacy, and dental plans. The essay company vision is “to create the opportunity for all Americans to lead full and healthy lives.” To further this vision, Aetna U.S. Healthcare has become a leader in the use of information and state-of-the-art technology, exemplified by InteliHealth–an award-winning consumer health information website started with the help of Johns Hopkins. InteliHealth makes available millions of pages of consumer health information and medical data to consumers, providers, and employers worldwide.

Held by Garry R. Cutting


Dr. GARRY CUTTING is the Aetna/U.S. Healthcare Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Cutting’s research is focused on the causes of phenotype variation in the single gene disorder cystic fibrosis (CF). He directs a worldwide project called CFTR2 that aims to characterize the clinical and functional consequences of all variants reported in the CF transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR), the gene that causes CF. Dr. Cutting’s laboratory also investigates the role of CFTR mutations in phenotypes that overlap with CF (chronic rhinosinusitis, male infertility and obstructive lung diseases). His current work involves the quantification of genetic and non-genetic factors to trait variation in CF and the elucidation of interactions among these factors. Genome-wide linkage and association methods are being used by his group to identify specific genetic modifiers of CF. Dr. Cutting’s research is supported by the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disease and the U.S. CF Foundation. Dr. Cutting was a prior recipient of a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health.

In addition to basic science activities, Dr. Cutting directs the DNA Diagnostic Laboratory at Johns Hopkins and the Translational Technology Core of the Institute for Clinical Translational Research at Hopkins. These translational science laboratories facilitate the development and implementation of clinical genetic tests derived from research discoveries of Hopkins investigators. Dr. Cutting also directs the Clinical Laboratory training programs in Biochemical, Cytogenetics and Molecular Diagnostics.

Dr. Cutting is certified in Clinical Genetics, Biochemical and Molecular Genetics by the American Board of Medical Genetics. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Society for Pediatric Research. Dr. Cutting is the American Society of Human Genetics representative to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. He is the Co-Editor of the genetics journal Human Mutation.