Mary J H Willis


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Location: Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA
Research Interests:
Clinical Genetics
Office Phone


University of California, San Diego, Department of Pediatrics/Medical Genetics –Fellowship, July/2004-June/2007
University of California, San Diego Department of Pediatrics – Chief Resident, July/2002-June/2003
University of California, San Diego Department of Pediatrics - Residency in Pediatrics, July/2000 – June/2002
University of California, San Diego Department of Pediatrics - Internship in Pediatrics, July/1999 – June/2000
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center - Doctor of Medicine, May/1999

University of Colorado, Boulder – Doctor of Philosophy, Biochemistry, June/1995

University of San Diego – Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry May/1989

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Pediatric, Adult and Prenatal genetics; Outpatient clinics, Craniofacial team, Inpatient consultation, In-theater remote consultation

Clinical Faculty/Naval Medical Center Site Director UCSD Genetics residency

Faculty Advisor Naval Medical Center SD Pediatric Residency

Clinical Pathological Correlate Lecture Activity coordinator

Rotation director, Genetics Elective for UCSD and NMCSD residents, PA students and medical students

Associate Master Clinician Award, Naval Medical Center San Diego 2016

Robert Gardener Teaching Award 2009

Department of Defense Ex-officio member for Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders and Genetic Diseases in Newborns and Children 2009-2012

Member Newborn Screening DoD Integrated Process Team 2008 ongoing

Department of the Navy subject matter expert in genetics


Miller, KE, Willis MJ, McClatchey, SK. “A case of familial exudative vitreoretinopathy identified after genetic testing”. J AAPOS. 2015 Apr;19(2):178-80 Epub 2015 Mar 29

Arboleda VA, Lee H, Dorrani N, Zadeh N, Willis M, Macmurdo CF, Manning MA, Kwan A, Hudgins L, Barthelemy F, Miceli MC, Quintero-Rivera F, Kantarci S, Strom SP, Deignan JL; UCLA Clinical Genomics Center, Grody WW, Vilain E, Nelson SF. “De novo mutations in KAT6A, a lysine acetyl0transferase gene, cause a syndrome including microcephaly and global developmental delay”. Am J Hum Genet. 2015 Mar 5:96(3):498-506 Epub 2015 feb26

Bear, KA, Solomon, BD, Antonini, S, Arnold, IJP, Ellison, J, Franca, MM, Gerkes, E, Grange, DK, Hadley, DW, Jaaskelainen, J, Rump, P, Stratakis, CA, Thompson, E, Willis, MJ, Winder, T, Roessler, E, Muenke, M. “Pathogenic Mutations in GLI2 Cause a Specific Phenotype that is Distinct from Holoprosencephaly” J Med Genet. 2014 Jun 51(6):413

Sheikh TI, Mittal K, Willis MJ, Vincent JB. “A synonymous change, p.Gly16Gly in MECP2 Exon 1, causes a cryptic splice event in a Rett Syndrome patient”. Orphanet J Rare Dis. 2013 Jul 19;8:108

Solomon BD, Pineda-Alvarez DE, Gropman AL, Willis MJ, Hadley DW, Muenke. “High Intellectual Function in Individuals with Mutation-Positive Microform” Holoprosencephaly MMol Syndromol. 2012 Sep;3(3):140-142. Epub 2012 Jul 26