Lois Starr, MD, FAAP

Lois Starr, MDLois Starr, MD, FAAP
Genetic Medicine Department
Munroe-Meyer Institute
985450 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5450

Phone: (402) 559-3235
E-mail: Lstarr@unmc.edu

Professional Summary

Dr. Lois Starr is a Clinical Geneticist, an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and a Clinical Cytogenetics Fellow at the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation and University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is board certified in Pediatrics and is board eligible in Clinical Genetics.  Dr. Starr received her medical degree, pediatrics residency training, and clinical genetics fellowship training from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Dr. Starr is pursuing a fellowship in Clinical Cytogenetics where she is advancing her knowledge of genetic testing and assay development.  She is also one of the physicians involved with craniofacial clinics as well as outreach general genetics clinics across the state of Nebraska.  Dr. Starr is a LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities)-trained physician and has a special clinical and research interest in the genetics of autism. 


MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, 2007
MS, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, 2003
BS, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, 2001

Courses Taught

Overview of Clinical Genetics and Congenital Anomalies and Dysmorphology lecture series for medical students
“Autism from a Clinical Genetics Perspective” part of the Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series

Research Projects and Interests

  • Autism
  • Cytogenetics
  • Exome Sequencing

Publications (within the last 5 years)

  • Starr LJ, Truemper EJ, Pickering DL, Sanger WG, Olney AH.  Duplication of 20qter and Deletion of 20pter Due to Paternal Pericentric Inversion: Patient Report and Review of 20qter Duplications.  American Journal of Medical Genetics *Accepted March, 2011; ahead of print.
  • Schaefer GB, Starr L, Pickering DL, Skar G, DeHaai K, Sanger WG.  Array CGH Findings in a Cohort Referred for an Autism Evaluation.  J Child Neurol. 2010. Aug 20.


    • David Smith Dysmorphology Meeting, 2012; Atlanta, GA
    • New Frontiers in Neonatal Care Conference, 2011; Omaha, NE
    • Cell Symposia: Autism Spectrum Disorders:  From Mechanisms to Therapies, 2011; Arlington, Virginia
    • International Autism Symposium, 2010; Toronto, Ontario
    • American College of Medical Genetics, 2010; Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • American College of Medical Genetics, 2009; Tampa, Florida

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Pediatrics
  • American College of Medical Genetics, Fellow Membership