Dr. Kenneth Polonsky M.D. currently serves as the Dean of the University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division, while also holding other prestigious titles such as President of the University of Chicago Medicine health system, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, Dean of the Pritzker School of Medicine, and the Richard T. Crane Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine. Dr. Polonsky is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He has won multiple awards, including the Young Investigator Award from the American Federation of Clinical Research (1993), the Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award of the American Diabetes Association (1994) and a highly selective National Institutes of Health MERIT Award (1997). In 2007, he was named director of the five-year, $50-million NIH-funded Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences at Washington University. In 2009 he was elected an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He has published more than 250 papers, and has served on the editorial boards of several journals. He maintains a focus on genetic abnormalities in autoimmune disorders, an underlying issue in RVCL patients.