Robert Marion, MD, (Rose F. Kennedy Center: NY UCEDD/LEND/IDDRC) to Receive the 2009 Zella Bronfman Butler Award

December 15, 2009

"The J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation and UJA-Federation of New York have established the annual Zella Bronfman Butler Award to honor two professionals in UJA-Federation?s network of agencies who exemplify the highest standards of service. Those selected for this award each receive $10,000 and are chosen for their compassionate commitment to enriching the lives of children and adults with physical, developmental, and learning disabilities."

About Dr Marion
Robert Marion, MD, is a pediatrician, medical geneticist, and author. He is a professor of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology and women's health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the Ruth L. Gottesman Professor of Developmental Pediatrics at Einstein and Director of the Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center and the University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the Rose F. Kennedy Center. Additionally he is also chief of the divisions of genetics and of development medicine at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore and Director of the Center for Congenital Disorders, Director of Genetics at Blythedale Children's Hospital in Valhalla, New York and an adjunct member of the faculty of the Joan Marks Program in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY.

Dr. Marion's clinical and research interests include the natural history and genetic basis of multiple malformation syndromes. At Blythedale, he has served as Director of the Einstein/ Montefiore Spina Bifida Clinic for 20 years, and is the founder and Medical Director of Montefiore's Williams Syndrome Center, and helped organize the Montefiore/Einstein Centers for Cardiogenetics, Neurofibromatosis and Autism. He has published extensively in the medical literature in these areas, and, in addition, is the author of sveral books including The Intern Blues, The Boy Who Felt No Pain (winner of a Christopher Award), Learning to Play God and Genetics Round: A Doctor's Life in the Field that Revolutionized Medicine, which was recently published by Kaplan Publishing Company in October 2009.

A resident of Westchester County, he lives with his wife, Beth Schoenbrun, a teacher at Scarsdale High School, and is the father of three children.