Clinical Genetics

The Children's Mercy Division of Clinical Genetics provides state-of-the-art evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and counseling for a variety of inherited conditions and chromosome disorders and genetic birth defects.

Services Offered

  • Extensive family counseling provided by:
    • Clinical geneticists
    • Genetic counselors
    • Nutritionists
    • Social worker
  • Laboratories provide a full range of diagnostic services:
    • Biochemical testing
    • Chromosome analysis
    • Microarray comparative genomic hybridization
    • Molecular (DNA) studies

Commonly Treated Conditions

  • Abnormal newborn state genetic screening
  • Ambiguous genitalia
  • Autism
  • Birth defects
  • Chromosome abnormalities
  • Developmental delay
  • Down syndrome
  • Dysmorphic features
  • Family history of birth defects
  • Fragile X syndrome
  • Genetic disorders (known or suspected)
  • Growth abnormalities
  • Hearing loss
  • Inborn errors of metabolism
  • Intrauterine teratogen exposure
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Metabolic abnormalities
  • Multiple miscarriage
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Prenatal diagnosis
  • Skeletal disorders

Clinical Genetics Staff

Our Clinical Genetics team includes five physicians who are board-certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics and eleven genetic counselors.

Before Your Appointment

Sometimes it's necessary to have your primary care doctor order additional genetic or metabolic lab work on the patient and/or parents prior to the patient coming to the clinic. This provides the patient and family with the best evaluation possible during their appointment in the Genetics Clinic.

Before scheduling an appointment, please be prepared to present the following medical records:

  • Recent note of visit to provider who requested the consultation
  • Genetic and/or metabolic lab work results
  • Patient visits with specialists
  • Radiology records 


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