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Clinical Genetics Services

At the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Human and Molecular Genetics, we understand that everyone has questions about their genetic makeup. Some of us know that a particular health condition, like cystic fibrosis, intellectual disability cancer or early heart attack runs in our family. Expectant parents may have concerns about their child having a birth defect. Often families question how to best manage a genetic condition or birth defect and where they can get help--patients and families.

When a genetic condition or birth defect happens, family members often ask:

  • Is there a known cause, some condition that can be treated or prevented?
  • Why did this happen?
  • What are medical management issues?
  • What can we expect in the future?
  • Is there a test to detect this?
  • Can this be detected in the future pregnancies?
  • Where can we go for more information and help?
     

When you have questions like these, it’s important to ask your doctor about them. Your doctor can help you decide if a genetic consultation would be beneficial for you or your family. Genetic evaluation and counseling can help answer some of these questions. Genetic testing is available for more than 1,500 conditions and this number is increasing rapidly.

The Department of Human and Molecular Genetics has a long standing history of providing clinical genetic, laboratory and counseling services to families in Virginia and other states. Comprehensive clinical services are available, including preconception consultation, pediatric and adult diagnostic evaluation and management, metabolic consultation and management, and cancer genetic risk assessment, counseling and testing.  Services are provided by a team of medical professionals including physician geneticists, genetic counselors, nutritionist, cytogeneticists and laboratory geneticists, and other genetics support staff.  Prenatal counseling and testing is available through the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Clinic locations include VCU Medical Center’s Ambulatory Care Center, VCU at Stony Point, MCV Physicians at Mayland in the West End, Dalton Oncology at the Massey Cancer Center and telemedicine at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond’s satellite office in Fredericksburg.  Monthly and quarterly satellite clinics take place in various settings in the Central Virginia. Patients and families can be referred by a health care provider or may self-refer.