Mark Korson, MD graduated from the University of Toronto School of Medicine and completed his pediatric residency nearby at The Hospital for Sick Children. After a fellowship in genetics and metabolism at Boston’s Children's Hospital, he became director of the Metabolism Clinic at Children's until 2000. In 2000, Dr. Korson became director of the Metabolism Service at Tufts Medical Center's Floating Hospital for Children, as well as Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine until 2014.
In 2015, Dr. Korson co-founded the Genetic Metabolic Center for Education, a comprehensive, multi-modal initiative for improving the level of care for children and adults with metabolic disease. The components of the GMCE include a consultation and clinical support service, as well as a range of live and online educational programming.
Dr. Korson promotes an educational approach to address the growing crisis in metabolic health care due to the shortage of available clinicians to treat this patient community.
Before the GMCE was established, between 2007 and 2011, Dr. Korson directed the Metabolic Outreach Service, based at Tufts Medical Center, for which he traveled on a regular basis to five teaching hospitals in the northeastern US that had no on-site metabolic service. The goal was to provide educational and consultative support so that non-metabolic clinicians could learn how to participate more in the diagnosis and management of patients with metabolic disease. That same year, Dr. Korson also co-founded the North American Metabolic Academy, an annual one-week intensive course about metabolic disease for genetic and metabolic trainees; to date, more than half of all American genetic trainees have enrolled in this course. NAMA is sponsored by the Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders.
Dr. Korson also recognizes the value of involving the patient in the teaching of clinicians and trainees. The faces and voices of patients and family members are found in all GMCE educational programming, not only to increase the likelihood that others can be diagnosed in a timely manner, but to convey to caregivers the patient's perspective on living with a chronic disease and coping with the health care system.