DIVISION OF GENETIC AND METABOLIC DISORDERS
CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF MICHIGAN

Children's Hospital of Michigan
Division of Genetic and Metabolic Disorders

 

Over 4000 single gene disorders have been described, many of which present with symptoms at birth, in infancy or in early childhood. The Pediatric Genetics Clinic offers comprehensive diagnostic and medical management services for children who have, are suspected of having, or are at risk of having a genetic condition. Examples of conditions commonly seen in the clinic include Down syndrome, Marfan syndrome, neurofibromatosis, hereditary deafness, metabolic disorders, fragile X mental retardation and chromosome deletion syndromes (e.g., Williams syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Angelman syndrome).

A patient is evaluated for the presence of a genetic disorder by collecting a comprehensive family and medical history, reviewing relevant medical records, performing a physical examination including a dysmorphology exam, and ordering appropriate genetic and other diagnostic tests. If a diagnosis is established, families are provided information about the condition, the inheritance pattern, the risk to other relatives and medical management guidelines.

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Robert Conway, MD  Dr. Conway is a clinical geneticist at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.  He obtained his MD from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.  He  completed a residency in Pediatrics at Indiana University.  He completed a residency in Medical Genetics and a fellowship in Clinical Biochemical Genetics at UCLA.  Prior to joining Children’s Hospital of Michigan, he was an Assistant Professor, in the Michigan State University Department of Pediatrics and Human Development.

 

Gerald Feldman, MD, PhD Dr. Feldman is the Director of Clinical Genetics Services, Director of the Medical Genetics Residency Program, and Director of the Molecular Genetics Diagnostic Laboratory. He is an associate professor in the CMMG and the Departments of Pathology and Pediatrics. Dr. Feldman obtained his PhD and MD from the Medical College of Virginia. He did a pediatric residency and postdoctoral fellowships in clinical genetics and clinical biochemical/molecular genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. He is board certified in pediatrics, clinical genetics and clinical biochemical/molecular genetics.  Dr. Feldman coordinates patient care in all the genetics clinics of the Detroit Medical Center. His research interests include the molecular diagnosis of cystic fibrosis and the development of expanded newborn screening for genetic conditions. He is currently President-Elect of the Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics and Chair of the Medical Genetics Residency Review Committee of the Accredidation Council for Graduate Medical Education. He was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American College of Medical Genetics.

 

Leigh Anne Flore, MD, MS.  Dr. Flore is a clinical geneticist at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.  She completed her undergraduate education at University of Michigan and received a Master’s degree in genetic counseling at the University of Minnesota.  She practiced prenatal and pediatric genetic counseling at the Detroit Medical Center for 4 years before entering medical school at Michigan State University.  She completed residencies in Pediatrics (Pennsylvania State University) and Medical Genetics (Boston University) before returning to her home state of Michigan.  Her clinical and research interests include autism/developmental disorders, dysmorphology, and medical genetics education.

 


Vinod Misra, M.D. Ph.D.  Dr. Misra graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. degree Biophysics in 1986. He earned his M.D. and Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City in 1995. Following an internship and residency in Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Dr. Misra was awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Physician Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University Department of Chemistry, which he completed in 2003. He then went on to complete Medical Genetics Fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After working at the University of Michigan, Dr. Misra joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at the Wayne State University in 2010. He is currently Medical Geneticist in the department. He sees a range of patients and has expertise in management of patients with dysmorphology, congenital anomalies, inborn errors of metabolism, and other genetic disorders. He is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Medical Genetics.  Dr. Misra also has expertise in the use of physical, chemical and mathematical approaches to study complex biological systems using sophisticated computational methods. In addition to his clinical role in the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Misra currently leads a multidisciplinary team of researchers in the GROW Study, which is designed to measure how maternal phenotype may influence the intrauterine environment, fetal development, and risk of future disease.

 

David W. Stockton, MD. Dr. Stockton is a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine at Wayne State University. Dr. Stockton received his MD from University of Michigan where he also did a residency in internal medicine. He did a medical genetics fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. He is board certified in medical genetics and internal medicine. Dr. Stockton coordinates patient care in the genetics clinics of the Detroit Medical Center.

 

Rashmi Chikarmane, M.Sc., CCGC, CGC Ms. Chikarmane is a genetic counselor in the Division of Genetic and Metabolic Disorders at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. She obtained her degree in genetic counseling from the University of Toronto and is certified by the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors. Ms. Chikarmane sees both pediatric and adult patients for a variety of indications. She enjoys working with genetic counseling students, medical students and residents who rotate through the Genetics clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

  

Melissa A. Hicks, MS, CGC Ms. Hicks is currently a genetic counselor in the Division of Genetic and Metabolic Disorders at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. She obtained her Masters in genetic counseling at Wayne State University and is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. Ms. Hicks sees both pediatric and adult patients and has a particular interest in hearing loss, connective tissue disorders, and hemoglobinopathies.  She enjoys teaching and student supervision, whether it be genetic counseling students or medical residents.

 

Peggy Rush, MS, CGC, Ms. Rush is a genetic counselor/coordinator with the Metabolic Clinic within the Division of Genetic and Metabolic Disorders at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. She completed graduate training in genetic counseling at the University of Pittsburgh. She is certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics with recertification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. She joined the DMC in September 2004 after working for 10 years at Henry Ford Hospital and 9 years at Case Western Reserve University. 

 

Sujatha Sastry, MS, CGC, Ms. Sastry is currently employed at the Division of Genetic and Metabolic Disorders at Children's Hospital of Michigan. She received her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling at the University of California at Berkeley and certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. In addition to seeing a number of pediatric and adult indications, she is the coordinator of the Lysosomal Storage Disease Treatment Program.

 

Jamie Zdrodowski
Jamie Zdrodowski, MS, CGC Mr. Zdrodowski is currently employed at the Division of Genetic and Metabolic Disorders at Children's Hospital of Michigan where he sees pediatric and adult patients for a variety of indications. He received his Master of Science in Genetic Counseling at Northwestern University and is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.  Mr. Zdrodowski previously worked at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago, Illinois in the Division of Genetics.  He has been actively involved with the training of genetic counseling students, medical students, residents, and fellows through formal teaching and clinical supervision.

Genetic Counseling Graduate Program
Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics
Wayne State University School of Medicine
3216 Scott Hall
540 E. Canfield Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
Administrative Office:
(313) 577-6298
Fax: (313) 577-9137
Email: lknight@med.wayne.edu

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