Christine Seidman, MD is the Thomas W. Smith Professor of Medicine and Genetics at Harvard
Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes
Medical Institute. She was an undergraduate at Harvard College and received a M.D. from
George Washington University School of Medicine. After clinical training in Internal Medicine at
John Hopkins Hospital she received subspecialty training in cardiology at the Massachusetts
General Hospital. Dr. Seidman is a faculty member of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where
she served as Director of the Brigham Biomedical Research Institute. She is also the founding
Director of the BWH Cardiovascular Genetics Center.
Dr. Seidman’s laboratory uses genomic strategies to define causes of human cardiovascular
disease, including congenital heart malformations and cardiomyopathies. By exploiting model
systems to identify pathways impacted by mutations, these studies have enabled gene-based
diagnostics and novel strategies to limit the deleterious consequences of human mutations. Dr.
Seidman also leads multi-institution consortium that assess rare and common variants involved
in cardiovascular phenotypes and that explore the clinical utility of genomic variation in early
diagnosis and prevention of cardiovascular disease.
The recipient of many honors, Dr. Seidman is a Distinguished Scientist of the American Heart
Association, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and member of the
Institutes of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences.