Interim Chief, Rare Disease Institute
Dr. Debra Regier is the Director of Genetic and Genomic Education at Children's National and Program Director for the Children's National medical genetics training program. Her patient population includes general genetics, palliative care/genetics, and metabolic diseases. Due to her drive to improve care for patients with Rare Diseases, she has worked to advance education in multiple facets. She has served as the Education coordinator and PI for the Rare Disease Clinical Research Scholar's Program. This program offers early career rare disease researchers a curriculum designed to address the specific needs of rare disease clinical researchers. As the chair of the Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorder's Education Committee, she has led efforts to expand metabolic education. Her work has led to her being awarded the NORD Rare Impact Award, the Elda Arce Teaching Award, and the Golden Apple Award. In her free time, she serves as the genetics and rare disease expert for the Make-A-Wish national medical advisory council. She is known for making genetics and metabolism fun, approachable, and understandable for learners at all levels.