Basil Rapoport, MBChB

Director, Thyroid Autoimmune Disease Unit

Basil Rapoport, MBChB, is Director of the Thyroid Autoimmune Disease Unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he is a Professor of Medicine.  He is also a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine.  

Dr. Rapoport earned a B.Sc. degree from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and, in 1967, his medical degree from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.  After an internal medicine residency at Northwestern University in Chicago and an endocrinology fellowship (Damon Runyon Foundation) at the University of Chicago, he joined the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco in 1972, becoming Professor of Medicine in 1985. In 1998, Dr. Rapoport moved, together with his laboratory, to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

A diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine with certification in endocrinology and metabolism, Dr. Rapoport is presently devoting his attention solely to his research projects.   This research work develops from the molecular cloning in his laboratory of the major autoantigens, thyroid peroxidase and the TSH receptor, involved in the pathogenesis of autoimmune thyroid diseases.  His laboratory is recognized as a world leader in its field.  Trainees from numerous countries have returned to senior academic positions.  Supported continuously since 1975 by research grants from the National Institutes of Health, he is the author of over 330 articles, including 270 in peer-reviewed journals, many in prestigious journals.   

Dr. Rapoport has served on National Institutes of Health grant awarding committees, as well as on numerous scientific journal editorial boards, including the Journal of Clinical Investigation (as Associate Editor), the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Endocrinology and Thyroid.  His work has been recognized by election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the American Association of Physicians and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  Dr. Rapoport has been the recipient of the Van Meter (1982) and Ingbar (1992) research recognition awards from the American Thyroid Association.  Other honors include delivering the Pitt-Rivers lecture at the British Endocrine Society (1989) and selection as a Royal Society of Medicine Visiting Professor (1992).

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