Medical Genetics

The Medical Genetics Institute at the Maxine Dunits Children's Health Center diagnoses and treats genetic conditions in patients of all ages. Our experienced specialists deliver personalized care within sophisticated facilities designed for patient and family comfort. In addition to an active clinical service, the researchers in the MGI perform research into the causes and treatments of inherited disorders.

As part of the complete pediatric healthcare service at world-renowned Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the Medical Genetics Institute ensures that patients receive the most comprehensive clinical services and access to accurate testing procedures, superior medical therapies and the opportunity to participate in the latest clinical trials.

The Medical Genetics Institute is one of the largest programs of its kind in the United States and is known as the premier center in the western United States. The center offers the following programs:

The Medical Genetics and Dysmorphology Clinic evaluates patients with a variety of birth defects and developmental disabilities for possible genetic disorders and provides comprehensive genetic and management counseling.

The Metabolic Disorders Clinic evaluates and treats patients with inborn errors of metabolism (such as mental retardation, cataracts, neurologic symptoms, poor feeding, recurrent lethargy, vomiting, coma or acidosis).

The Craniofacial Clinic provides a multidisciplinary approach to the care of children with defects of the face and skull.

The International Skeletal Dysplasia Registry at Cedars-Sinai diagnoses and manages skeletal dysplasias, a group of more than 200 disorders causing dwarfism. As the West Coast's leading referral center for skeletal dysplasia, the program has excellent outcomes and fewer complications when surgical intervention is necessary.

The Growth Disorders Center is internationally renowned for providing a full range of diagnostic services, counseling for the patient and family members and treatment for certain types of growth disorders.

The Marfan Syndrome Center offers a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing the disorder and provides comprehensive ongoing care for affected individuals.

The Newborn Screening Area Service Center at CSMC provides state mandated follow up for infants with positive newborn screening results.

The provides leading-edge prenatal diagnostic services and features world-renowned perinatologists with decades of experience in the assessment of fetal well-being, with particular emphasis on diagnosis of abnormalities in early pregnancy.

The offers a variety of tests to identify genetic problems associated with chromosome morphology. This laboratory performs the full spectrum of chromosome analysis and works closely to provide extensive counseling for patients with unusual or abnormal results.

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