To be at the forefront of compassionate care for patients and families by providing premier medical genetics evaluation, innovative testing, diagnosis, management, and genetic counseling for genetic disorders, congenital anomalies, hereditary cancer, and teratogenic exposures.
- 1974—Medical genetics evaluations are provided by PhD geneticists, including Dr. Warren Sanger.
- 1981—First MD clinical geneticist at UNMC, Dr. Bruce Buehler, arrives and begins working with one genetic counselor in close cooperation with Dr. Sanger and the Human Genetics Laboratory.
- 1984—Clinical genetics moves to the Meyer Children’s Rehabilitation Institute.
- 1984-present—rapid expansion of inpatient and outpatient services, including other Omaha hospitals and outreach clinics throughout the state.
- 1986—First fellow completes training.
- 2010—ACMGE accredits new fellowship training program and two fellows begin training.
- by 2016—The department has grown to 5 clinical geneticists and as many as 11 genetic counselors.
- 5 board-certified clinical geneticists at MMI, also faculty members in the Dept. of Pediatrics
- 6 board-certified genetic counselors
- 1 administrative assistant
- 4 support staff
- Department members have a unique, close collaboration with the Human Genetics Laboratory
- Inpatient consultations at Children’s Hospital, The Nebraska Medical Center, and Bergan Mercy Hospital.
- Outpatient General Genetics Clinics at MMI and Children’s Hospital.
- Outreach Genetics Clinics 4-5 times/year in Scottsbluff, North Platte, and Kearney.
- Outreach Craniofacial Clinic 4 times/year in North Platte.
- Children’s Developmental Clinic at Children’s Hospital.
- Prenatal Clinics at TNMC and Methodist Women’s Hospital.
- Hereditary Cancer Clinics at TNMC, Village Pointe, Bellevue Medical Center, and Methodist Hospital.
- Huntington Disease Clinic at TNMC.
- Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at Children’s Hospital.
- Craniofacial Clinics-- Boys Town National Research Hospital; Children’s Hospital; outreach in North Platte.
- Autism Diagnostic Clinic at Children’s Hospital.
- Cardiovascular genetics/Aortopathy Clinic at Children’s Hospital.
- Pediatric Metabolic Disorders Clinic at Children’s Hospital, Adult Metabolic Disorders Clinic at MMI.
Training and research activities
Weekly case conference, monthly journal club, M1 curriculum and lectures, M4 elective, resident and fellow bedside and didactic teaching, year-long genetic counseling externs from the University of Arkansas. Areas of research interest: gene discovery, syndrome delineation, syndromic aortopathies, inborn errors of metabolism.