Our People

Executive Team

Stephen Kingsmore

Stephen Kingsmore

President and CEO

We have the privilege of doing something that changes and improves lives. The ability to rapidly sequence a genome is helping to save newborns and children in intensive care. We’re thrilled every time a diagnosis prevents disability or death.

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Wendy Benson

Wendy Benson

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

It is an awesome pleasure to work with such a gifted group of folks that like to get things done - I love that we are singularly focused on saving lives TODAY. That sense of urgency translates into everything we do.

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Charlotte A. Hobbs

Vice President Research and Clinical Management

For over 22 years, I’ve worked in newborn medicine. The birth of a healthy infant is wonderful. The death of a baby is devastating. Now I have the awesome privilege of working with a talented team dedicated to using major advances in genomics to save the lives of infants and children.

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Shareef Nahas

Senior Director Clinical Operations

The work we are doing is personal and inspiring, and it's changing the way medicine is implemented in clinical practice. The information we are providing through genomic sequencing is empowering not only for physicians but for families.

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David Dimmock

David Dimmock

Senior Medical Director

When you make a diagnosis and it allows you to change management and actually help a kid and make them better, it’s one of the greatest thrills there is. Being in a place where we can do that day in and day out is wonderful.

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Management Team

Shimul Chowdhury

Clinical Laboratory Director

We are truly striving to change the way that medicine is practiced for critically ill children worldwide. The ability to provide information to help a family, and maybe save a life, is something that is inspiring and humbling.

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Yan Ding

Director of Sequencing Operations

The opportunity to utilize cutting edge technology to help simplify the diagnostic process and offer valuable alternatives for medical intervention to families in need motivates me to come to work every day!

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Narayanan “Ray” Veeraraghavan

Narayanan Veeraraghavan

Director of IT and Informatics

Having children is a rewarding experience every single day. Add to that a turbo-charged and collaborative team with a singular focus, and you begin to think – there is no better place to be!

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Karen Garman

Education and Engagement Manager

We are linking theory to practice to redefine optimal care by educating all involved in the treatment of sick newborns. Due to an explosion of knowledge through technology, the scope of the clinical practice of medicine is changing overnight. RCIGM offers renewed professional development for all pediatric healthcare providers.

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Kathryn Nguyen

Kathryn Nguyen

Head of Rapid Whole Genome Sequencing

Rady Children’s Institute of Genomic Medicine is innovating hope. We are empowering families with genomic information and pushing the status quo for diagnosing rare genetic diseases. It’s invigorating to be part of an Institution that pushes boundaries and raises the standard of pediatric care.

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Grace Sevilla

Grace Sevilla

Communications Manager

It is tremendously inspiring to work with a team that is driven to provide answers and hope to the families of children with rare genetic diseases. These pioneering families are helping to usher in a medical revolution. It is my privilege to share their stories.

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Julie Reinke

Julie Reinke

Assistant Vice President of Philanthropy

One of the most meaningful aspects of working at the Institute is prioritizing children’s health. Investing in young lives promises decades of return. Through our work, children are the direct beneficiaries of the transformational advances of genomic medicine – a beautiful and positive outcome for society overall.

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Lauge Farnaes

Assistant Medical Director

I am constantly astounded and humbled by the research and clinical work being done at the Institute. Our team is developing the most advanced genomic medicine. By pioneering the application of new diagnostic technologies and building evidence of their benefits, we are working to change the standard of care for critically ill children.

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