Medical Genetics at the University of Washington is a tertiary specialty that provides clinical services to the general
public as well as training. The clinics, housed at UW Medical Center, Seattle Children's Hospital (SCH) and Regional Medical Center
(CHRMC), and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), are a unique resource in the WWAMI region for evaluation and
diagnosis of people who have or are at risk for genetic diseases, and for long-term planning of follow-up and treatment
in collaboration with their physicians. UW physicians, medical geneticists, and board-certified genetic counselors in the
clinics work with individuals and their families to inform, diagnose, counsel, and refer for appropriate management. Many
of these physicians are nationally and internationally recognized experts in their fields and often included among the
"Best Doctors in America" compilations.
Please contact the clinics for information and appointments.
About 800 patients are seen each year at the CHRMC genetics program. The general genetics clinic is held weekly at CHRMC, and as inpatient consultations. The physicians (medical geneticists) and genetic counselors who staff the clinic have a wide range of expertise and provide specific diagnoses and recommendations for care and follow-up of hundreds of rare genetic disorders as well as the more common ones; a wide variety of patients and diagnoses is the rule. At this time the emphasis of the clinic is primarily diagnostic, but longitudinal care and follow-up issues are increasingly being addressed. The clinic at CHRMC specializes in children and genetic disorders that present primarily at birth or in childhood. However, as a regional service the clinic also regularly evaluates adults with genetic disorders and, when appropriate, evaluates adults at CHRMC, where it is the only service permitted to review adults. Additionally, physicians regularly consult for referred prenatal diagnosis cases from Swedish Medical Center and UWMC.
Aside from the general genetics clinic, multidisciplinary genetics clinics are held regularly, including cardiovascular genetics (cardiologist Mark Lewin), biochemical genetics (Michael Raff), neurofibromatosis, skeletal dysplasia (orthopedics, Greg Schmale), craniofacial genetics, limb deficiency clinic, gender assessment team, and neurogenetics at the Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD). Consultation and input to the Communication Center (hearing disorders) and Muscular Dystrophy Clinic are also provided on a regular basis. Weekly consultation services are also provided to Swedish Medical Center for both prenatal diagnosis and neonatal referrals.
A large portion of this program's effort is devoted to delivering genetic services outside CHRMC. This includes 60 outreach clinics per year performed at different sites within Washington state (Wenatchee, Tacoma, Walla Walla, Bellingham, Yakima, Spokane) and 50 clinics per year in Alaska.