Although genetics plays a large role in the appearance and behavior of children, the combination of genetics and your child’s experiences determines the ultimate outcome. For example, while genes play a role in determining an organism’s size, the nutrition and other conditions it experiences after inception also have a large effect.
Our team of highly qualified medical geneticists includes doctors who are board certified in pediatrics, clinical genetics, clinical biochemical genetics and endocrinology in addition to genetic counselors, a nurse practitioner, a nutritionist and a newborn screening coordinator.
We conduct general genetics clinics four days a week at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and provide inpatient and telephone consults. We also conduct specialty clinics for patients with autism and neuromuscular conditions. As such, we work closely with doctors and staff in many other pediatric subspecialties such as neurology, endocrinology, pulmonology, gastroenterology and cardiology.
We also have a follow-up clinic for our patients with Down syndrome, PKU and galactosemia. Patients in the follow-up clinic obtain routine labs as well as dietary and medical consultation. Our pediatric Down syndrome clinic works closely with the new adult Down syndrome clinic, housed on the UAMS campus, one of the only clinics of its kind in the world. We serve patients from all areas of Arkansas, as well as Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee. We are currently seeing patients at our Northwest Arkansas Facility — the Center for Children in Lowell — once a month on Fridays and Saturdays.
Our clinical laboratory is distinguished by the fact that it is the only laboratory in North America that performs testing for the metabolic condition Trimethylaminuria, also known as “Fish Odor Syndrome.”
The Genetics and Metabolism clinic at Arkansas Children’s Hospital is a primary rotation site for medical students, residents and fellows as well as students from the UAMS master’s program in genetic counseling.
Please ask your primary care physician for a referral to our pediatrics genetics services. Your primary care physicians may call the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Appointment Center at 501-364-4000.
For an Appointment 501-364-2966
Newborn screening coordinator: 501-364-4050
Arkansas Department of Health newborn screening hotline: 1-866-769-9043 Arkansas Children’s Hospital Appointment Center: 501-364-4000 Northwest Arkansas Facility, the Center for Children: 479-750-0125