Cornelius (Neal) F. Boerkoel

Clinical Associate ProfessorUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouver, BC
Cornelius Neal Boerkoel

Bio: As a physician–scientist, Neal has focused on genetic medicine, namely, precision medicine and precision prevention, and practices as a medical geneticist in the Provincial Medical Genetics Program at the University of British Columbia. As the Executive Director for Sanford Imagenetics Research Center on Genomic & Molecular Medicine and Executive Clinical Director of the Sanford Genetics Laboratories, he pioneered an approach to precision prevention. Neal received his MD and PhD from Case Western Reserve University. He trained in Pediatrics at the University of Washington and in Clinical Genetics at the University of Toronto. He completed postdoctoral training at Baylor College of Medicine, where he also served as clinical and research faculty. He has characterized the genetic basis and the molecular pathophysiology of several disorders and promoted novel therapeutic interventions, co-founded the Rare Disease Foundation, and developed and directed the research laboratory of the Undiagnosed Diseases Program at NIH where he pioneered a scalable model for translational research and precision medicine.