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An estimated one out of every 20 infants is born with a birth defect as a result of either genetic or environmental causes. Genetic factors can produce a variety of problems that may be evident during childhood or even in adult life. With proper diagnosis, it is now possible to treat many of these disorders, reduce their impact or even prevent their occurrence in future members of the family.
The Cedars-Sinai Division of Clinical Genetics and Dysmorphology has contributed to a number of research efforts that discovered the genes for a number of common conditions that result in developmental disabilities. These activities have resulted in new diagnostic tests for these conditions and contributed toward understanding the natural history and best modes of treatment for these disorders.
We offer diagnosis and counseling for a wide range of problems due to birth defects, genetic diseases, chromosomal alterations, metabolic disorders, variations in growth or development, craniofacial malformations, teratogenic exposures, histories of genetic diseases or birth defects within a family.
Diagnostic capabilities include state-of-the-art cytogenetics, molecular and biochemical laboratories. Our specialists are also experienced at helping with all related physical and developmental problems.
Social support services are available if indicated for all patients suspected of having a genetic diseases or congenital program, coordination of medical care and referral to local and state programs that provide assistance to families with a child who has a birth defect.
For a formal clinical evaluation, call us to schedule an appointment.
Clinical Genetics Team
Margaret Au, MS, Genetic Counselor
John M. Graham, MD, ScD, Clinical Genetics Director
Medical Genetics Institute
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