Middlebury, VT – The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children announced the addition of Dr. Alan Guttmacher to their team as senior advisor. He will lead the Permanent Fund’s work to connect the child care and health care communities to help improve the health and well-being of Vermont children and families. Dr. Guttmacher comes to the Permanent Fund after retiring from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he worked as the director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
“The Permanent Fund is doing such great work in the early childhood arena; I’m thrilled to be part of the team,” said Guttmacher. “We have a tremendous opportunity to create a national model for strengthening the working relationship between the child care and medical communities and improve the health and well-being of Vermont children and families.”
Before joining the NIH in 1999, Guttmacher was an active physician in the Vermont medical community and taught in the University of Vermont College of Medicine for more than a decade. While serving as director of the Department of Pediatrics’ Vermont Regional Genetics Center and Pregnancy Risk Information Service from 1987 to 1999, Guttmacher co-founded the Vermont Newborn Screening Program and served as its medical director from 1989 to 1999. He was also the founding director of the Vermont Human Genetics Initiative, the nation’s first statewide effort to engage the public in the discussion on the NIH Human Genome Project’s ethical, legal, and social implications.
In 1999, Guttmacher left Vermont to work at the National Human Genome Research Institute at the NIH, which was leading the Human Genome Project. He went on to fill various roles there, including serving as the deputy director and acting director of the institute. In 2010, Guttmacher was appointed as director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the central research arm for NIH research in pediatric health and development, maternal health, reproductive health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and rehabilitation medicine.
“We are honored to have Alan join the Permanent Fund,” said Rick Davis, president and co-founder of the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children. “His extensive medical background in pediatric health and genetics makes him uniquely suited to head this effort and collaboration.”
Guttmacher graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital in Boston. He completed his fellowship in medical genetics at Harvard Medical School and the Children’s Hospital in Boston before joining the University of Vermont College of Medicine.