Robert J. Desnick, Ph.D., M.D., is a human geneticist whose research accomplishments include significant developments in disease gene discovery, inherited metabolic diseases, and the treatment of genetic diseases, including the development of enzyme replacement therapy for Fabry disease.
Desnick is the Dean for Genetics and Genomics, and Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Genetics & Genomic Sciences at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Additionally, he is Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Oncological Sciences, and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at The Mount Sinai Hospital.
Desnick is the author of more than 600 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals, 200 book chapters and is the editor of nine books. He holds 13 patents and is included in Castle Connelly's lists of Best Doctors in America and Best Doctors in New York and New York Magazine’s list of the Best Doctors every year since the inception of the rating. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2004.