As awareness and availability of genetic testing increases, the interpretation of an individual’s genetic information becomes even more important. The Division of Clinical Genetics seeks to expand current knowledge of medical genetics and to apply it to the delivery of comprehensive, compassionate, patient-centered care.
The Division of Clinical Genetics provides active programs in both reproductive and cancer genetics. Our team of physician-geneticists and genetic counselors work together to provide a comprehensive clinical evaluation, genetic counseling and testing, and a personalized care plan for every individual. Because of medical advances, early detection of disease often allows for more options for treatment and/or intervention. Our goal is to help you to be aware of your possible inherited risks as early as possible and to help you to understand how those risks may impact your medical care.
We offer a variety of genetic services, including:
Our physician-geneticists and genetic counselors will guide you through the process of assessing your risk factors for genetic conditions and deciding if genetic testing is the right decision for you. We provide information to help you learn about the causes of inherited disorders and support for you to understand and manage genetic testing results. We will help you to understand what to expect if you are diagnosed with a genetic condition and/or a gene mutation that increases cancer risk, how a genetic condition is passed down through a family, and how certain conditions or cancer risks may be prevented, treated, or managed.
We partner closely with the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the Division of Hematology Oncology to provide ongoing clinical care for women with high-risk pregnancies and for individuals with personal and/or family histories of cancer. Additionally, we maintain an ongoing collaboration with the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and the Department of Pathology for clinical care and research into the early detection of gynecologic cancer through our Northwestern Ovarian Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Program. We also have a continued partnership with the Department of Urology to provide ongoing clinical care and appropriate genetic testing for men with personal histories of prostate cancer that may be suggestive of inherited predisposition.
To learn more about our reproductive and cancer genetics programs, call 312.472.4151 (Reproductive Genetics) or 312.695.0320 (Cancer Genetics).
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
675 N. St. Clair Street
Suite 14-200 or Suite 20-150
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Prentice Women’s Hospital
250 E. Superior Street
4th or 5th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60611