The Genetic Counseling Clinic offers information and guidance to patients and families who have birth defects or genetic conditions. The clinic can also help patients and families who may be at risk for conditions that can be passed down in families (inherited conditions).
Our genetic counselors talk with families about the ways their family health history and ethnic background may affect their health risks. We help families understand the causes of genetic conditions, how they are passed down (inheritance pattern) and how other family members might be affected.
We explain genetic tests and guide families as they decide about having tests. We can review family planning options. To help support you, we can talk with you about the emotions you might feel when you get test results or a new genetic diagnosis. We can also connect you with resources to help you manage a genetic condition.
Our genetic counselors have all earned a master’s degree in medical genetics and counseling skills. They must pass a certification exam by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. Our genetic counselors often work with families who are seeing doctors in our Medical Genetics Clinic for a diagnosis.