Genetics is the study of how traits and diseases pass from parents to children. Many conditions are passed from parents to children, including some birth defects and developmental disabilities. Seattle Children's has one of the largest programs in the United States devoted to genetics research and care for children with genetic conditions. We are home to the oldest and most well-known referral center for genetic disorders in the Pacific Northwest.
Because conditions related to genetics are so wide-ranging, our doctors come from many backgrounds and medical specialties, including human and medical genetics, neurology, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, developmental biology and biochemistry. At Seattle Children's Genetics program, a team made up of experts in their fields, including surgeons, therapists and social workers, will see your child and work with you to understand any genetic conditions your child may have.