WSU/DMC Training Sites

The facilities at Wayne State University are an ideal setting for genetics training. Wayne State University (WSU) School of Medicine/Detroit Medical Center (DMC), which is operated under the auspices of the Dean’s Council for Graduate Medical Education and a single DMC-wide Program Director, includes the following affiliated hospitals:

Children’s Hospital of Michigan (CHM): The only freestanding hospital in Michigan dedicated exclusively to caring for children since its’ founding in 1886. The Division of Genetic and Metabolic Disorders (David Stockton, M.D. Division Chief) and the outpatient Genetics Clinic are part of CHM, but are currently located within the University Health Center. This provides dedicated genetics space and closer proximity to other clinical genetics rotations. In addition to the Pediatric Genetics Clinic, there are several specialty clinics within the Division. In 2004, CHM was awarded a contract from the Michigan Department of Community Health to provide newborn screening confirmatory diagnosis, management and treatment for all patients diagnosed with an inborn error of metabolism through the Newborn Screening Program. Thus, we have a comprehensive Biochemical Genetics Laboratory, directed by an ABMG-certified Biochemical Geneticist and have developed a comprehensive metabolic management center, including 2 metabolic nurse practitioners, 3 metabolic dieticians, 2 metabolic nurses, a metabolic genetic counselor, 2 social workers, 1 psychologist and Board Certified Clinical Biochemical Geneticists and Clinical Geneticists. We also have an active Enzyme Replacement Treatment Center. Additionally, we have both a Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Clinic and a Hemophilia Clinic. Included in the genetics professional staff at CHM are 4 full time Board-certified Clinical Geneticists (one of whom is also certified in Clinical Biochemical/Molecular Genetics), 3 part-time Clinical Geneticists who are also certified in Clinical Biochemical Genetics and 6 Board-certified Genetic Counselors. This is the primary genetics residency site for dysmorphology training, inborn errors of metabolism education, in-patient pediatric consults and pediatric neurogenetics.

Hutzel Hospital: A 244-bed tertiary care facility that is the location for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Hutzel Hospital houses the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy. Under its’ umbrella is the Division of Reproductive Genetics, which is located in close proximity to the Perinatal Research Branch (PRB), a NIH branch located at the Detroit Medical Center. Included in the genetics professional staff at Hutzel Hospital are 1 Board-certified Clinical Geneticist (also certified in Maternal Fetal Medicine) and 3 Board-certified (or eligible) Genetic Counselors. This is the primary genetics residency site for prenatal genetics training.

Hutzel Professional Building: The Cytogenetics Laboratory is located in this facility and residents will report here during their Cytogenetics rotation. The laboratory is directed by 2 Board-certified cytogeneticts, Dr. Anwar Mohammed and Dr. Salah Ebrahim.

Harper University Hospital: A tertiary specialty referral hospital, Harper University Hospital has established centers of emphasis in the neurosciences, including stroke and multiple sclerosis, hypertension and heart failure and vascular problems. The Department of Neurology and the Program in Neurogenetics (John Kamholz, M.D., Ph.D., Program Director) are located in Harper Hospital. Included in the genetics professional staff at Harper Hospital are 2 Board-certified neurologists and 3 Board-certified (or eligible) Genetic Counselors. This is the primary genetics residency site for neurogenetics training, including the internationally recognized Charcot-Marie-Tooth Clinic. In addition, the adult hemophilia clinic is also located here. Futhermore, the Molecular and Biochemical Genetics Diagnostic Laboratories are located in the Pathology Department in this hospital. The Medical Director of the Molecular Genetics Diagnostic Laboratory is Dr. Gerald Feldman and the Technical Director is Dr. Fatimah Nahhas. The Biochemical Genetics Diagnostic Laboratory is directed by Dr. Robert Grier.

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute (KCI): KCI is one of the nation's leading cancer research, treatment, and education centers. The Institute operates one of the few National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers. The Cancer Genetic Counseling Service (Michael Simon, M.D., M.P.H., Clinic Director) is located in the KCI. Included in the genetics professional staff at KCI are 1 Board-certified oncologist and 2 Board-certified (or eligible) Genetic Counselors. This is the primary genetics residency site for cancer genetics training.

The Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics (CMMG): CMMG, the center from which the Medical Genetics Residency is administered, is located in the Gordon H. Scott Hall of Basic Medical Science, the major medical school education and research building. Scott Hall is located in the heart of the DMC, in close proximity to all teaching hospitals, laboratories and the Vera Shiffman Library


Contact Us

If you would like further information about the Medical Genetics Training Programs, please contact:

Michelle Cichon, MS, CGC
Medical Genetics Residency Program Manager
Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics
540 E. Canfield
3311 Scott Hall
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: 313-577-3982
Fax: 313-577-9137


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