Judith Hall, Pediatrics and Medical Genetics

Judith Hall, Professor Emerita in the Departments of Medical Genetics and Pediatrics, specializes in the genetic factors that affect children’s growth.

With more than 325 publications, Dr. Hall has been at the international forefront of genetics and pediatrics for more than four decades. Her particular interests include human congenital anomalies including neural tube defects, connective tissue disorders such as arthrogryposis and dwarfism, and disorders resulting in short stature.

Data from her research is available in the Handbook of Physical Measurements, an essential resource for physicians worldwide. Dr. Hall has clarified medical understanding of how folic acid helps reduce birth defects and has developed new ways to classify dwarfism and other abnormalities. As head of paediatrics at UBC and BC Children’s Hospital, Dr. Hall worked with physicians to develop guidelines for care of common disorders, and with lay groups to explain genetic disease that helped parents choose among the available care options.

Dr. Hall was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 2015.