UofL names Endowed Chair in Pediatric Clinical and Translational Research

UofL names Endowed Chair in Pediatric Clinical and Translational Research

UofL names Endowed Chair in Pediatric Clinical and Translational Research

Kyle Brothers, M.D., Ph.D.

A researcher who examines the intersection of ethics and policy decisions with human genetics and also studies the translation of technology into clinical care has been promoted to Endowed Chair in Pediatric Clinical and Translational Research at the University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics.

The appointment of Kyle Brothers, M.D., Ph.D., to the newly created position was approved by the UofL Board of Trustees at its March meeting.

Brothers is a board-certified pediatrician who practices with UofL Pediatrics – Downtown and is on staff at Norton Children’s Hospital where he chairs the Hospital Ethics Committee. He came to UofL in 2012 and also is affiliated with UofL’s Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law. He previously was at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Brothers serves with several national groups involved in research, most notably the Clinical Sequencing Evidence-Generating Research Consortium, a multi-site research program funded jointly by the National Human Genome Research Institute and National Cancer Institute that conducts translational research to evaluate the integration of genome and exome sequencing into clinical care. He also serves on the Social Issues Committee of the American Society of Human Genetics.  

His own research efforts have been funded virtually continuously since 2007, and he currently is involved in NIH-sponsored research projects that are funded at a total of approximately $7 million.

Brothers is a reviewer for 25 professional journals, including Science, PLOS One, Pediatrics, Genetics in Medicine, American Journal of Medical Genetics and others. He is a major author on 17 peer-reviewed articles and co-author on another 19. His inclusion in oral and poster presentations numbers 89.

Earlier this year, Brothers won a Department of Pediatrics Mid-Career Faculty Award, and he won a department Faculty Peer Clinician-Teacher Excellence Award three consecutive times, in 2016, 2015 and 2014. In 2011, he won the Scholars Abstract Award at the national Clinical and Translational Research and Education Meeting.

Brothers earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in religion and biochemistry and molecular biology from Centre College in Danville, Ky., and his M.D. degree from UofL. He completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and later earned a Ph.D. degree in the Program in Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt’s Graduate Department of Religion.