Leslie Raffel, MD

Associate Director, Common Diseases Genetics Program
Program Director, General Clinical Research Center


Leslie J. Raffel, MD is Associate Director of the Common Diseases Genetics Program at Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Raffel is also Program Director for the General Clinical Research Center. Dr. Raffel serves as Co-Chair of the PhD Curriculum Committee for the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine and Curriculum Coordinator for the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Clinical Scholars Program.

Dr. Raffel's research focuses on delineation of the genetic basis of susceptibility to common adult-onset diseases, including Type 2 (non-insulin dependent) diabetes mellitus and its complications, hypertension and coronary artery disease. Other research interests include the ethical aspects of genetics research and informed consent. She has written numerous scientific articles related to her research, as well as book chapters on the genetics of diabetes and common disease genetics.

A founding fellow of the American Board of Medical Genetics, Dr. Raffel is a member of the American Society of Human Genetics, the International Genetic Epidemiology Society, the American Diabetes Association, the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, the American Federation for Clinical Research and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Raffel earned a master's degree in genetics from the Pennsylvania State University and her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Her pediatric residency was completed at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, followed by a clinical and research fellowship in medical genetics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She is board certified in both pediatrics and clinical genetics.