Wayne W. Grody, MD, PhD

Wayne W. Grody, MD, PhD

  • Molecular Genetic Pathology|
  • Anatomic Pathology|
  • Clinical and Laboratory Pathology
UCLA Health Clinical Genetics | 300 Medical Plaza, Suite 3100, Los Angeles, CA 90095


Wayne W. Grody, MD, PhD is a Professor in the Departments of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Pediatrics, and Human Genetics at the UCLA School of Medicine.

He is the director of the Diagnostic Molecular Pathology Laboratory within the UCLA Medical Center, one of the first such facilities in the country to offer DNA-based tests for diagnosis of a wide variety of genetic, infectious, and neoplastic diseases, as well as bone marrow engraftment, patient specimen identification and paternity testing by DNA fingerprinting.

He is also an attending physician in the Department of Pediatrics, specializing in the care of patients with or at risk for genetic disorders. He has been one of the primary developers of quality assurance and ethical guidelines for DNA-based genetic testing for a number of governmental and professional agencies including the FDA, AMA, CAP, ACMG, ASHG, NCCLS, CDC, NIH-DOE Human Genome Project (ELSI program), and PSRGN. He served as a member of the NIH-DOE Task Force on Genetic Testing, and was the working group chair for development of national guidelines for cystic fibrosis and factor V-Leiden mutation screening.

Most recently, he was appointed chair of an Advisory Committee on Genomic Medicine for the entire VA healthcare system.

He did his undergraduate work at Johns Hopkins University, received his MD and PhD at Baylor College of Medicine, and completed residency and fellowship training at UCLA. He is double board-certified by the American Board of Pathology (Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology) and the American Board of Medical Genetics (Clinical Genetics, Molecular Genetics, and Biochemical Genetics).




Medical Board Certifications

Molecular Genetic Pathology, American Board of Pathology, 2001
Pathology-Anatomic/Pathology-Clinical, American Board of Pathology, 1987


Genetics, UCLA School of Medicine, 1986


Pathology, UCLA School of Medicine, 1987


PhD, Baylor College of Medicine (MD Only), 1981
MD, Baylor College of Medicine (MD Only), 1977


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