David Finegold conferred the status of Professor Emeritus

Recognizing his distinguished service to the University of Pittsburgh, David Finegold, MD, a longtime professor in the Department of Human Genetics, has been conferred the status of Professor Emeritus.

His commitment to the School of Public Health was recognized at a celebratory reception at the school on December 1, and attended by fellow human genetics staff and faculty, his many collaborators, and members of his family. Many spoke of his collegiality and kindness, in addition to his numerous contributions to the field of lymphatic vascular biology and genetic variation in primary and secondary lymphedema.

“David has been a cherished member of the department for more than 25 years,” said Quasar Padiath, MBBS, PhD, associate professor and interim chair in the Department of Human Genetics, at the retirement event. “Apart from his many scientific achievements, he has been a valued mentor and friend to generations of students and faculty members. We hope that we will continue to avail of his wisdom and advice in his new role as Professor Emeritus.” 

After earning his medical degree at Pitt, Dr. Finegold completed an internship and residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and fellowships at the George S. Cox Medical Research Institute, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He served as director of the Multidisciplinary Masters of Public Health Program at Pitt Public Health, co-principal investigator for the Pittsburgh Lymphedema Family Study, and co-investigator in Dr. Massimo Trucco’s studies to rescue newly diagnosed patients with type I diabetes mellitus, among many other leadership roles.