Alan Shanske, M.D. is a graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed a pediatric internship at Stanford University and an NIH fellowship in biochemical genetics as well as a pediatric residency at Einstein. He was the Director of the Craniofacial Center at Schneider Children’s Hospital at Long Island Jewish Hospital for fifteen years and most recently was the Director of the Center for Craniofacial Disorders at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and Professor of Pediatrics, Pathology, Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine and Dentistry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is board certified in pediatrics, clinical genetics and cytogenetics. His primary research interests have been in developmental biology and the genetics of craniofacial disorders and his research collaborations have resulted in the discovery of the genetic basis of three rare genetic disorders. He is the author of almost one hundred peer-reviewed scientific papers and has presented almost two-hundred papers at national and international scientific meetings. He has been seeing children with VCFS for many years and served as the pediatrician and geneticist for the Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome Institute, the first interdisciplinary program for VCFS.