Betty S. Pace, MD

    • October 1, 2005

This profile is based on one written by Harold Amos, PhD, the program's original director, as part of his work for the program's 15th anniversary activities in 1998. The featured scholar was selected by the NPO as representative of the success of the program across different years, specialties, locations and with scholars of diverse backgrounds.

University of Washington School of Medicine (Seattle, Wash.)
$152,500; January 1991 to December 1992
ID# 017585

$163,006; January 1993 to September 1994
ID# 021199

University of South Alabama College of Medicine (Mobile, Ala.)
$21,907; December 1994 to February 1995
ID# 026343

Fellowship Research Topic
Cellular and Molecular Analysis of the Induction of Fetal Hemoglobin in the Adult

Positions as of February 2008

  • Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Director, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Sickle Cell Disease Research Center

In 1976, Betty S. Pace, MD, received a BS in mathematics from Marquette University and in 1981, an MD with honors from the Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed a pediatric residency there in 1984 and soon joined the faculty as assistant professor and as medical director of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Program.Under her leadership, the Sickle Cell Program secured state funding and a neonatal screening program for sickle cell disease was established for the entire state.

Pace added a second dimension to her career when she entered a fellowship training program in hematology/oncology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1987. She completed her research training during her MMFDP fellowship at the University of Washington in the Division of Medical Genetics under the guidance of Dr. George Stamatoyannopoulos, a world leader in hemoglobin research.

Next she was recruited to the University of South Alabama Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, where she established an independent training laboratory. Pace received a Career Development Award and a second grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue her research. She is representative of many MMFDP fellows who have focused their research on diseases that disproportionately affect minorities.