Division of Clinical and Translational Genetics
The Division of Clinical and Translational Genetics at UHealth is involved in the care of infants, children, adolescents and adults with concerns about heritable or genetic conditions. An excellent team of board-certified medical geneticists and counselors led by Division of Clinical and Translational Genetics chief of service, Dr. Bodamer, provides care to patients with concerns about a wide variety of conditions. This specialty, recognized by the American Medical Association, is involved in the prevention, diagnosis, and management of a wide variety of conditions. Examples of conditions that fall within the competency of medical geneticists include birth defects, exposure to teratogens and dysmorphology, developmental delay/mental retardation, inborn errors of metabolism and mitochondrial disorders, familial cancer syndromes, neurogenetic disorders, skeletal dysplasias, and connective tissue disorders. Prenatal diagnosis, in collaboration with obstetricians, radiologists, and perinatalogists is another area of patient care
The Division is also responsible for retrieval, diagnosis and management of infants with an abnormal newborn screening result – a program initiated by the Florida Department of Health that aims to reduce morbidity and mortality in infants with metabolic disorders. While originating out of Pediatrics, Clinical and Translational Genetics is not confined to pediatric age groups; local physicians are referring increasing numbers of adults. Conditions seen in adults include areas of cancer genetics, neurodegenerative disorders, as well as cardiovascular disorders, such as arrhythmias and cardiomyopathies. Medical geneticists and genetic counselors in the Division may also be consulted for risk assessment and genetic counseling. The Clinical and Translational Genetics prides itself in using a family-centered approach, and functions within a team of professionals from areas of Genetic Counseling, Metabolic Nutrition and Family Support.
The Division actively collaborates with sub-specialties within Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Obstetrics/Gynecology, Neurology, Cardiology, Family Medicine and Genomic Medicine.