Meet our genetic experts

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.

For children with medically complex conditions we collaborate and share ideas, so it’s like gaining a second or third opinion from your single visit.

Our genetics team is made up of several types of dedicated professionals:

  • Geneticists diagnose, evaluate for and manage genetic conditions. Our pediatric geneticists underwent three years of training in pediatrics in addition to their medical genetics training, and Children’s pediatric geneticists are well respected for their diagnostic skills and work hard to find answers for families.
  • Nurse practitioners are specially trained and licensed to examine, diagnose and treat patients, and the nurse practitioners in the genetics program have additional training specific to genetics.
  • Genetic counselors meet with new patients and families to help explain every step involved in the evaluation process. Genetic counselors help you make sense of genetic testing and complicated results to make sure you have the information you need.

If you’re visiting Children’s genetics program, keep an eye out for this key player:

Gunter Scharer, MD
Medical Director, Genetics

See below for a list of some our all-star team at Children’s. (Click on their names to read their profiles.) To see a full list, search for the “Genetics” specialties in Find a Doctor.