About the Dean

Larry J. Shapiro, M.D.

Larry J. Shapiro, MD, has been executive vice chancellor for medical affairs at Washington University in St. Louis, dean of the School of Medicine and the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor since July 1, 2003. Since that time, he has steered tremendous growth and advanced the school’s research endeavors in St. Louis’ biomedical research industry, and clinical programs of the Washington University Faculty Practice.

Shapiro has been instrumental in leading faculty in obtaining federal research dollars for cutting-edge biomedical and translational research. With the addition of the BJC Institute of Health at Washington University School of Medicine, Shapiro has fostered a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment among faculty and through regional partnerships. He implemented BioMed21, an initiative to rapidly bring knowledge of the human genetic blueprint to the patient’s bedside and to change how various illnesses are understood, diagnosed and successfully treated.

Throughout the span of his medical career, Shapiro has been internationally recognized for his significant research in human genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry. His contributions to academic medicine include patient care and research in pediatrics, teaching and administration. Shapiro serves on the Council of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also serves as a member of the Governing Board of the National Research Council and of the Scientific Management Review Board of the National Institutes of Health.

Shapiro is a member of many professional societies and organizations and has served as the president of the American Society of Human Genetics, the American Board of Medical Genetics, the Society for Inherited Metabolic Diseases, the Western Society for Pediatric Research, the Society for Pediatric Research and of the American Pediatric Society. He is currently the chairman of the Advisory Panel for Research and serves on the executive committee of the Council of Deans for the Association of American Medical Colleges. He has served on the board and is the past chair of the Association of Academic Health Centers. He is a fellow of the Academy of Science of St. Louis and received its leadership award in 2012.

Shapiro earned both undergraduate and medical degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha national honor societies. In 1996, he received the University’s prestigious Alumni Achievement Award.

Prior to joining Washington University, Shapiro was the W.H. and Marie Wattis Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and had been the chief of pediatric services at UCSF Children’s Hospital, which he helped to establish.