Most families come to us because a primary care physician has referred them to the genetics clinic. Depending on your child's age, before the first visit, talk about it with your child. You can use our Patient Family Education materials as a guide, including this overview on genetic conditions. (Hmong, Somali, and Spanish translations available at link). Show your child a photo of the doctor from our directory. With younger kids, it may also help to draw pictures (stick figures work just fine!).
When you want answers, you want to talk to experts. They work as a team to evaluate, diagnose, and treat your child. And every family who comes through our clinic door at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota meets with a genetic counselor as well as a board certified geneticist or advanced practice registered nurse with additional training in genetics.
At Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, we focus on research and innovations that make a difference in the care of our patients. From improving day-to-day quality of life for children and teens, to developing new pain management approaches and adopting cutting-edge technologies, our research is completely kid and family-focused.
At Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota's genetics clinic, we specialize in helping children with complex needs and birth defects on every step of their journey. We help families searching for the causes of their child's medical problems as well as those who have already received a specific diagnosis and are looking for support and treatment.
Medical genetics focuses on diagnosing and managing genetic conditions. Genetic conditions are caused by changes in the body's instructions, or genes. While genes are passed from parent to child, genetic conditions are not always inherited.
Andrew Schmidt was the first person in Minnesota to be diagnosed with Pallister-Killian syndrome, an extremely rare genetic disorder that causes cognitive delays.
Three-year-old Austin Graue, of Northfield, Minnesota, pioneered a surgery after being diagnosed with Pfeiffer syndrome.