Interdisciplinary Programs

UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh offers clinics focusing on specific types of illnesses caused by gene changes. A mix of experts staff these clinics. These include:

  • Doctors.
  • Genetic counselors.
  • Certified registered nurse practitioners.
  • Nutritionists.

Prader-Willi Syndrome Clinic

Prader-Willi syndrome is a genetic disease that affects your child's metabolism, body, and behavior. They are always hungry and do not feel full after meals, causing weight gain.

A skilled team of experts leads the Prader-Willi Syndrome Clinic. They work together to address the unique care needs of those with this rare disease.

They focus on the disease's health, behavior, and mental health effects. They offer care and treatment options to improve their quality of life.

Sickle Cell Program

Sickle cell anemia is a genetic disease that deforms the red blood cells, causing painful attacks. The red blood cells become C-shaped and can't carry oxygen as well.

The Sickle Cell Program helps kids and adults with sickle cell disease. Our expert team helps guide treatment and care. The team of genetic counselors and other experts educates and counsels people with sickle cell anemia over their lifetime.

Pediatric Cancer Predisposition Program

Some kids have genetic disorders that come with a higher risk of cancer. Others are at a higher risk of cancer because they've already had cancer.

The Pediatric Cancer Predisposition Program supports these kids and their families. The clinic also researches the genetic factors that play a role in childhood cancers.

In this clinic, a genetic counselor and a cancer doctor work together. They educate, counsel, manage care, and treat children who face an increased risk for cancer.

Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic

UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh's Heart Institute hosts the Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic. The clinic sees kids and their family members who are at risk of genetic cardiac issues.

These include:

  • Cardiomyopathy.
  • Arrhythmia-related health issues.
  • Disorders of lipid metabolism.
  • Aortopathy.

Genetic counselors work with Heart Institute heart doctors to care for these families. The care team also reviews a family's risk factors and helps process genetic testing for at-risk family members.

Ocular Genetics Treatment Center

Genetics counselors work with eye doctors in our Ocular Genetics Treatment Center. These teams test kids for eye issues caused by genetic changes. These eye diseases may be current or develop over time.

They perform careful testing, including taking a personal and family health history. They also educate and counsel people on the genetic causes of eye disease.

Contact Us

To schedule a visit to our clinics, please call 412-692-5070.