Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital
Genetics and Genetic Counseling
Providing You the Information You Need to Make the Best Possible Decisions
The Genetics Service is a leader in clinical genetics in the metropolitan area and has been in existence for more than 30 years, offering genetic services and testing for both children and adults. All patients are seen by board-certified medical geneticists and/or genetic counselors in the areas of preconception/prenatal, cancer, pediatric, and adult genetics. The Genetics Service is also a NJ Department of Health-designed newborn screening follow-up center. Patients can also benefit from the expertise of the physicians and clinical experts of Hackensack University Medical Center if any further treatment is required.
Patients are evaluated for risk assessment, testing, and management, as well as supportive counseling. Our goal is to improve the lives of our patients by providing them with the important information they need to make the best possible decisions. More than one session may be required. The initial session includes a review of the patient’s medical history as well as three generational family history. Clinical impressions and testing recommendations will be discussed. Laboratory tests such as blood tests, urine tests, imaging studies (x rays, CT scans, MRI) or EKG may be necessary. Referrals may be made to other specialists. Follow up appointments are scheduled to review the results of the testing as needed. If a diagnosis is made, medical management recommendations are made.
Our staff includes board certified physicians, board certified/eligible genetic counselors and a registered dietitian, Social workers and child life therapists are available as needed as well.
Genetic Counselors have a master’s degree in genetic counseling and are certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and licensed in the state of New Jersey.
To schedule an appointment please call:
Monday – Friday 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Prenatal and Preconceptual
Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment
General Office Number
You will be asked to send us a copy of the patient’s pertinent medical records before your visit. These would include notes from previous visits to other specialists, reports of any imaging studies, laboratory results including, genetic testing and pathology where applicable.
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The Genetics Service has been a leader in clinical genetics in the metropolitan area for more than 30 years offering genetic services and testing for both children and adults.
The Genetics Service is also a NJ Department of Health-designated newborn screening follow-up center.
Women/couples are referred to Genetics for the following reasons:
- Couples who are interested in genetic testing or screening.
- Advanced maternal (35 years and older) or paternal age.
- Couples who have experienced multiple pregnancy losses or babies who died in infancy.
- Couples who are consanguineous.
- Abnormal prenatal ultrasound findings or prenatal screening test results that indicate the pregnancy may be at an increased risk for certain complications or genetic abnormalities.
- Couples where either partner has been identified to be a carrier of a genetic condition.
- Couples with a previous child with a genetic condition or a family history of a genetic condition.
Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment:
The goal of the hereditary cancer program is to provide individual risk assessment that can be incorporated into the patient’s ongoing medical care. The program evaluates families with multiple members with cancer (of the same or different type) for the purpose of assessing the likelihood of a hereditary cancer syndrome. Patients are usually referred by their physician based upon their personal medical and/or family histories.
- Cancer diagnosed before age 50 (breast, ovarian, colon, endometrial, renal cancer).
- Cancer in multiple siblings or sequential generations of the same or related cancer.
- Individuals with a rare cancer (i.e. Male breast cancer).
- Family member with a cancer related gene mutation (i.e. BRCA1, BRCA2)
- Personal and/or family history of multiple cancers.
Pediatric/Adult Medical Genetics:
Individuals come for clinical genetics evaluation for a variety of reasons. The most common referral reasons are listed below, though we offer evaluation and counseling for any concerns related to health and family history.
- Developmental delay/Intellectual disability.
- Birth defects/Congenital anomalies.
- Chromosomal disorders.
- Growth concerns: short/tall stature.
- Early onset hearing loss.
- Cardiovascular conditions known to possibly be associated with genetic factors (cardiomyopathy, long QT, hyperlipidemia).
- Metabolic/inborn errors of metabolism.
- Lysosomal storage diseases.
- Abnormal newborn screening result
- Any known or suspected genetic diagnosis. Family history of a known or suspected genetic condition