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Dayton Children's medical genetics department is one of the eight regional genetics centers supported by grants from the Ohio Department of Health and our genetics laboratories are CAP (College of American Pathologists) accredited. 

The medical genetics team at Dayton Children's accepts referrals for patients of any age with personal or family history of birth defects or genetic disease. We provide children and adults with diagnostic evaluation, genetic testing and genetic counseling on-site, by telehealth, or at one of several off-site locations. We also offer genetic education to health care professionals, schools and the community on various topics in human genetics.

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The genetics department welcomes phone calls to 937-641-3800 during our normal business hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. To contact our chief of genetics, click here. 

A physician referral is necessary prior to the child’s first outpatient visit. All follow up appointments will be made during your clinic visit or by calling central scheduling 937-641-4000. You can also request an apppointment online. 

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Apostolos "Paul" Psychogios, MD, FACMGG, Division Chief

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Karl de Dios, MD

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Marvin Miller, MD

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conditions and symptoms we treat

metabolic disorders

These genetic conditions often affect the body’s ability to properly break down the nutrients from the foods we eat. Without treatment, harmful chemicals can buildup in the body leading to health problems. Many of these disorders are identified through Ohio’s newborn screening program, including PKU, galactosemia, MCAD and more.

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hereditary conditions of the heart

There are hereditary forms of some heart problems, which may be diagnosed in childhood or adulthood.  These include congenital heart disease, arrhythmias and cardiomyopathies. If you or your family have a history of heart problems, you and your relatives may have an increased risk of developing it too. Learn how our cardiovascular genetics program helps people identify and reduce their risk.

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hereditary cancers

While most cancer is not inherited, some children or adults may be identified with hereditary forms of cancer.  If you or your family have a history of cancer, you and your relatives may have an increased risk of developing it too. Learn how our cancer genetics program helps people identify and reduce their risk.

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chromosomal disorders

Some chromosomal conditions, including Down syndrome, Klinefelter syndrome and Turner syndrome, are often caused by changes in the number of chromosomes. Other chromosomal conditions may be caused by small deletions or duplications of genetic material which may lead to physical changes or developmental delays.

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hereditary hearing loss

There are many causes of hearing loss but approximately 50-60% of severe or profound hearing loss is due to a genetic cause.  Our genetic specialists see patients of all ages, children and adults, with concerns for hereditary hearing loss.

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hereditary connective tissue disorders

Connective tissue disorders impact many parts of the body, including the skin, bones, and heart. Some of these conditions have an underlying genetic cause, including Marfan syndrome, Osteogenesis Imperfecta and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Our genetic specialists see patients of all ages, children and adults, with concerns for these genetic disorders.

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hereditary neurological disorders

There are many different hereditary disorders which affect the nerves or muscles of children and adults.  Examples include muscular dystrophy, epilepsy, Huntington’s disease, neurofibromatosis and tuberous sclerosis.  Our genetic specialists see patients of all ages, children and adults, with concerns for hereditary neurological or neuromuscular disorders.

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other genetic conditions

Genetic conditions affect individuals of all ages, from children to adults. Many genetic conditions require comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, genetic counseling, genetic testing and a treatment plan. Our team provides children and adults the comprehensive care they need throughout their lifetime.

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metabolic clinic

We provide management of individuals with inborn errors of metabolism including supervision of metabolic diet with a metabolic dietician.

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cancer genetics program

We provide genetic counseling, risk assessment, genetic testing and support for patients with adult and pediatric cancers.

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hereditary cardiovascular disease program

We provide genetic counseling, risk assessment, genetic testing and support for children and adults with hereditary cardiovascular diseases.

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