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Ray Dorsey, M.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology
Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine
2008-2011 Cohort
Project Title: "Life Decisions for Individuals With and At Risk for Huntington Disease"

About the Project:

The project’s purpose was to examine the influence having a genetic risk for Huntington Disease, a condition with a premature mortality, has on important life decisions.


Ray Dorsey, M.D., M.B.A. is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  He received his B.S. in biological sciences from Stanford University and then completed a joint M.D. /M.B.A. program at the University of Pennsylvania.  He subsequently worked for two years as a consultant for McKinsey & Company and then completed his internship at Evanston Hospital, neurology residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and fellowship in experimental therapeutics and movement disorders at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Dorsey’s research interests lies in issues at the intersection of medicine and society.  He has previously investigated the influence of lifestyle on medical student specialty choice, the financing of biomedical research, and the growing global burden of Parkinson disease.  Dr. Dorsey also cares for and investigates new interventions for individuals with movement disorders, including Huntington disease, an inherited, adult-onset neurodegenerative disorder.

Dr. Dorsey’s Physician Faculty Scholars Program project, "Life Decisions for Individuals With and At Risk for Huntington Disease," aimed to assess the influence genetic risk has on important life decisions involving education, reproduction, and insurance behavior.  The study involved a cross-sectional survey of an ongoing, multi-national observational study of individuals with, at risk for, and not at risk for Huntington disease.  The results should help inform broader policy debates on the use of genetic tests and their results for more common medical conditions with a known genetic risk factor.

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