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Genetic and Metabolic Disorders

Michigan’s leader in diagnosing and managing genetic disorders

Using a multidisciplinary approach, the Division of Genetic and Metabolic Disorders at DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan provides expert diagnosis, follow-up, treatment and counseling for infants, children and adults with genetic or suspected genetic disorders.   The Division is staffed by board-certified clinical geneticists, board-certified genetic counselors, specially trained nurses and nurse practitioners, dietitians, a social worker and a clinical psychologist. Faculty members are boarded in clinical genetics, biochemical genetics and molecular genetics. 

In addition to providing diagnostic evaluations for individuals suspected of having a genetic condition and genetic counseling services for those identified with genetic conditions, there are numerous other programs operated by the Division of Genetic and Metabolic Disorders.  It is home to Michigan’s only newborn screening long term follow-up and treatment program for individuals diagnosed with an inborn error of metabolism following a positive newborn screen.  It operates one of the few Pediatric Enzyme Replacement Therapy (ERT) programs in the state treating children with lysosomal storage disorders and other genetic conditions treatable with enzyme replacement.  The Division has also developed a Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Clinic for the diagnosis and management of children affected with Fetal Alcohol syndrome.   The Division of Genetic and Metabolic Disorders employs a multidisciplinary approach in collaboration with other divisions at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan for optimal care. 

The Children’s Hospital of Michigan is one of five sites designated by the state of Michigan to provide diagnosis and follow-up for the Cystic Fibrosis newborn screening program.  Working closely with the Division of Pulmonary Medicine, the Division provides genetic counseling services to at risk families identified through newborn screening.  It also provides genetic counseling services for families followed through the Hemophilia Clinic through a collaboration with the Division of Hematology/Oncology.   The Division works closely with the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) University Laboratories in molecular genetics, cytogenetics and biochemical genetics. The DMC is home to the only biochemical genetics laboratory designated by the state of Michigan for the laboratory diagnosis, evaluation and long term monitoring for the newborn screening program.

The Division of Genetic and Metabolic Disorders trains numerous students, residents and fellows from programs in the metro Detroit area and around the world.  It is a clinical rotation site for students from the Wayne State University Genetic Counseling Graduate Program.  Working with Wayne State University School of Medicine, it provides training and education for the combined Pediatric/Genetics Residency Program, the Medical Genetics Fellowship Program and is one of the few sites in the country offering a Medical Biochemical Genetics Fellowship program.

For further information or to schedule an appointment call (313) 745-KIDS or toll-free at (888) 362-2500.