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Kurt Hirschhorn, MD
    • Positions
    • PROFESSORIAL LECTURER | Genetics and Genomic Sciences
    • Specialties
    • Pediatrics
    • Clinical Genetics - MD
    • Internal Medicine
    • Languages
    • English
    • German
    • Hospital Affiliation
    • The Mount Sinai Hospital
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1468 Madison Avenue Room 1790-E
New York, NY 10029
Phone: 212-241-4305
Dr. Kurt Hirschhorn is the Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, Genetics and Medicine, and Chairman Emeritus of Pediatrics. He received his medical degree in 1954 from New York University School of Medicine. He was elected to both Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. He served his residency in internal medicine at Bellevue Hospital, New York, and remained there as a Fellow in Metabolic Diseases and then had a Fellowship in Human Genetics in Uppsala, Sweden. He was awarded a master of science in Internal Medicine and Genetics in 1958, when he became Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine. He became Professor of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York in 1966 where he established a new Medical Genetics Program.  From 1968 to 1976 he was the Arthur J. and Nellie Z. Cohen Professor of Genetics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  In 1977, he became the Herbert H. Lehman Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Pediatrician‑in‑Chief at Mount Sinai Hospital. In 1995, he stepped down from the chairmanship and returned to research in human genetics as a Professor of Pediatrics, Human Genetics and Medicine.

Dr. Hirschhorn continues to be actively involved in research and in the clinical practice of medical genetics. His work includes research and application of the various subdisciplines of genetics including cytogenetics, biochemical genetics and molecular genetics. He is one of the founding members of The Hastings Center for Biomedical Ethics and chaired the Medical Board Ethics Committee at Mount Sinai Hospital for 30 years. His longstanding interest and leadership in medical genetics has resulted in the publication of more than 400 articles. He has received many national and international honors, including membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.


Clinical Genetics
Clinical Cytogenetics
Clinical Biochemical Genetics
American Board of Internal Medicine


MD, New York University

Residency, Internal Medicine
New York University Medical Center

Residency, Internal Medicine
New York University Medical Center

Fellowship, Metabolism
Bellevue Hospital

Fellowship, Genetics
State Institute of Human Genetics

Fellowship, Research
American Heart Association


English, German