- Name: William B. Rizzo, M.D.
- Title: Professor of pediatrics and chair, division of inherited metabolic diseases
- Joined UNMC: 2002
- Hometown: Chicago
Describe your research briefly in layman's terms.
My research is directed at understanding the genetic and biochemical basis of inherited metabolic diseases, with a particular emphasis on disorders of lipid metabolism. These diseases cause a variety of symptoms involving the brain, nerves, skin and eyes. The ongoing investigations in my lab range from basic research on biochemical pathways to discovering unrecognized genetic diseases that affect metabolism in children and adults.
How does your research contribute to science and/or health care?
Our research has identified the cause of several genetic diseases and led to the development of new diagnostic tests and treatment approaches.
What is the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you, professional or personal?
In science and medicine, experience, persistence and focus usually trumps unbridled brilliance and a capricious mind.
List three things few people know about you.
- I was portrayed in the popular film "Lorenzo's Oil" (1992) that was based on my research on X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy.
- Having failed to be accepted into medical school twice, I spent two years getting addicted to the "research bug" and was subsequently admitted directly into the second-year medical school class at the University of Illinois.
- I have been a licensed ham radio operator for almost 50 years.
Congratulations Dr. Rizzo! You certainly deserve this honor! K. Rossiter
Great recruit, here and at MCV. Hal M.