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Clinical Genetics Services

docs with pregnant patientThe Hayward Genetics Center has been providing primary and tertiary care genetic services to patients for over 20 years and is the referral center to the Louisiana State Genetic Diseases Program for metabolic diseases.

The Clinical Genetics Service provides comprehensive clinical service for patients with all forms of inherited disorders and birth defects. Our board-certified Clinical Geneticists (including a board-certified Perinatologist/Geneticist/ Obstetrician) and Metabolic Geneticists work as a team with two board-certified Genetic Counselors and a licensed metabolic Nutritionist to provide diagnosis, genetic counseling and management of genetic disorders, including all inborn errors of metabolism.

Laboratory Diagnostics Services

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The Human Genetics Diagnostic Laboratories provide state-of-the-art diagnostic laboratory services to many hospitals and clinical laboratories, both locally and throughout the country. The Cytogenetics Laboratory was established at Tulane in 1960 and was one of the first such labs in the country. A Molecular Genetics Laboratory was established in 1993. The Biochemical Genetics Laboratory was established in 1978, and for over 20 years has been the reference laboratory for the State of Louisiana Genetic Diseases Program for the confirmatory diagnosis of patients positively identified by newborn screening for inborn errors of metabolism.

The laboratories are accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and certified by CLIA and participate in all proficiency testing offered by CAP and the National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Foundation (Biochemical Genetics). Our laboratories are committed to quality and timely performance of testing. The Human Genetics Program is unique in providing the most comprehensive spectrum of genetic services to the medical communities of Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast. The interpretation of the diagnostic testing is always performed by board-certified Biochemical Genetics, Cytogenetic and Molecular Genetics specialists.

The services of the Human Genetics Program Diagnostic Laboratories are available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. A laboratory staff member is always on-call for urgent physician consultations and lab analyses.

For urgent matters, please email:

Cytogenetics:  Theresa Brown, Cytogenetics Director  tbrown25@tulane.edu