Tippi MacKenzie, MD


Tippi MacKenzie, MD

Professor of Surgery- Division of Pediatric Surgery, UCSF

Tippi MacKenzie is a pediatric and fetal surgeon who is focused on developing better ways to diagnose and treat genetic diseases before birth. She runs a translational research lab examining the unique biology between the mother and her fetus, with the idea that pregnancy complications such as preterm labor arise from a breakdown in maternal-fetal tolerance. She is also developing a clinical trial to perform in utero stem cell transplantation to cure genetic diseases before birth. Her research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the March of Dimes, the California Institute for Regeneration Medicine, and numerous surgical societies. She has been awarded the Jacobson Award by the American College of Surgeons for her innovative work.

Tippi trained at Juilliard, Harvard, and Stanford before joining the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco. She is as Associate Professor of Surgery as well as a member of the Eli and Edythe Broad Institute for Regeneration Medicine. She recently co-founded the Center for Maternal-Fetal Precision Medicine, with the aim of accelerating the processes that link basic research to clinical trials to improve maternal, fetal, and neonatal health. She remains an enthusiastic supporter of the performing arts and a strong believer in empowering girls and women in science through mentoring.

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