Photo: Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD
Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD
Year elected: 2003
Current membership category: Senior
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
303 E. Superior St.
Center for Genetic Medicine SQ5-516
Chicago, IL 60611
United States of America
Phone: 312-503-6258
Facsimile: 312-503-6210

Honors and awards

National Academy of Medicine (2021)
American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2021)

Society service

President, 2011–2012

Biographical statement

Dr. McNally is the Director for the Center for Genetic Medicine at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine. She received a B.A. in Philosophy and Biology at Barnard College and M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. McNally trained in Internal Medicine and then Cardiovascular Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and completed postdoctoral training in Genetics at Children’s Hospital/Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Boston. Dr. McNally studies inherited disorders that affect cardiac and skeletal muscle function. Her efforts have elucidated membrane-associated defects that disturb cellular integrity and repair mechanisms leading to the identification of therapeutic targets. Dr. McNally directs the Cardiovascular Genetics Program Northwestern where she is now developing strategies for implementing genetic information into medical practice. Dr. McNally was named a Charles E. Culpeper Medical Scholar and an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association. She has also been recognized for her translational work by the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation and as a recipient a Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She is a past president of ASCI and president of AAP.

Institutional affiliations

John Erik Pandolfino, MD, MSCI is the representative at this institution.


Cell Biology
Internal Medicine

Positions held

Center Director