Aubrey Milunsky, MD

Founder and Co-Director, Center for Human Genetics, Inc.

Dr. Aubrey Milunsky was born and educated in Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed his medical specialist training in London, to become a Member of the Royal College of Physicians. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Clinical Genetics.

After thirteen years as a medical geneticist at the Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital, in 1981 he was appointed Professor of Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boston University School of Medicine and Founding Director of their Center for Human Genetics, Professor of Pathology in 1985, and Professor of Human Genetics in 1991. He is Co-Director, with his son, of the Center for Human Genetics, Inc.

His laboratories are a major International Reference Center for molecular diagnostics and for prenatal genetic diagnosis. He is the author and/or editor of twenty-four books including: The Prevention of Genetic Disease and Mental Retardation; Genetics and the Law; and How To Have The Healthiest Baby You Can. In 2010, Wiley-Blackwell published the 6th edition of his major reference work Genetic Disorders and the Fetus: Diagnosis, Prevention and Treatment, now co-edited with his son Jeff Milunsky, who is Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics and Genomics. This book received the “Highly Commended” Award Certificate in 2010 from the British Medical Association. His last book for the lay public – Your Genetic Destiny: Know Your Genes, Secure Your Health, Save Your Life was published in 2001 and has been translated into 6 other languages. An earlier book (Know Your Genes) appeared in 9 languages. Oxford University Press published his new trade book in October 2011 entitled Your Genes, Your Health: A Critical Family Guide That Could Save Your Life.

In 1982 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of England. In addition, in 1982, his Alma Mater, the University of the Witwatersrand School of Medicine, conferred the D.Sc. degree for his work on the Prenatal Detection of Genetic Disorders. In 1985-86, he was President of the American Society of Law and Medicine. He is an elected member of the Society for Pediatric Research and the American Pediatric Society. He is a Founding Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics. The Consumer Research Council of America has listed him repeatedly in their “Guide to America’s Top Pediatricians”.

He led the team that first located the gene for X-linked lymphoproliferative disease, first cloned the PAX3 gene for Waardenburg syndrome, and first demonstrated the 70% avoidance of spina bifida afforded by folic acid supplementation taken in the 3 months prior to pregnancy and the 3 months after conception. He and his co-workers have made the first prenatal diagnosis of various genetic disorders including tuberous sclerosis.

Dr. Milunsky is the author or co-author of over four hundred scientific communications. He was the senior author of a paper awarded the Tinsley Harrison Award by the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation for the best original article published in 1990-91 in the American Journal of Medical Sciences. In 1991, he became the incumbent of the first endowed Chair in Human Genetics at Boston University School of Medicine – a Chair that will be named for him upon his retirement.