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Genetic Screening - A Partial Directory
by Yael Rosenberg, RN

Genetic Screening A Partial Directory
There are thousands of Genetic Laboratories around the globe, but the list below comprises of those that specifically focus on genetic disorders that affect the Jewish Community.

The list is not complete, and will continue to be updated as information is gathered. A comprehensive list of Prenatal Genetic Testing Centers will be available in time.


Los Angeles, California
 Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
 Medical Genetics
 444 S. San Vicente Blvd, Suite 1001
 Los Angeles, CA 90048
 David Rimoin, MD
 Appointments: 310-423-9990

 Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
 4650 Sunset Blvd
 Los Angeles, CA 90027
 Julian Williams, MD
 Appointments: 213-669-2290

 760 Westwood Plaza, 68-225 NPI
 Los Angeles, CA 90024-1759
 Stephen Cederbaum, MD
 Appointments: 310-825-4529

Oakland, California 
 Children's Hospital Medical Center
 Department of Medical Genetics
 5275 Claremont Avenue
 Oakland, CA 94618
 Edward Lammer, MD
 Appointments: 510-428-3550

Orange, California
 UC Irvine Medical Center
 101 The City Dr. S., 2ZOT4482
 Orange, CA 92868-3298
 Maureen Bocian, MD
 Appointments: 714-456-5791

Panorama City, California
 Kaiser - Panorama City
 13652 Cantara Street
 Panorama City, CA 91402
 Harold Bass, MD
 Appointments: 818-375-2073

Stanford, California
 Stanford Medical Center
 Medical Genetics H-315
 Department of Pediatrics
 Stanford University School of Medicine
 Stanford, CA 94305
 H. Eugene Hoyme, MD
 Appointments: 650-723-5198 (Joanne Taylor)

The Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Diseases Screen will screen for three genetic diseases. These include Tay Sachs disease, Canavan disease, and cystic fibrosis.

This program offers bi-monthly information and screening sessions for three diseases (Tay-Sachs, Canavan, and Cystic Fibrosis). Tay-Sachs screening is offered at a subsidized rate.

Sacramento, California
 UC Davis Medical Center
 Prenatal Diagnosis
 1621 Alhambra Blvd, Room 2719
 Sacramento, CA 95816
 Dena Towner, MD
 Appointments: 916-734-6124 (Barbara Briscoe)

San Diego, California
 California Tay-Sachs Disease Prevention Program - Children's Hospital
 San Diego, CA 92123
 Director: Michael M. Kaback, PhD
 Co-Main Contact: Nancy Levy
 Co-Main Contact: Molla Braunstein
 Telephone: 858-495-7737
 Fax: 858-279-8379
 Testing: Carrier, Prenatal, Diagnostic

San Francisco, California
 UC - San Francisco Medical Center
 533 Parnassus, U-262
 San Francisco, CA 94143
 Mary Norton, MD
 Appointments: 415-476-4808 or 415-731-3437

San Juan Capistrano, California
 Quest Diagnostics
 Medical Director, Charles Strom, MD, PhD
 33608 Ortega Highway
 San Juan Capistrano, CA 92690
 Contact: Joy Redman, MS, Genetic Counselor
 Phone: 949-728-4279
 Contact: Cathi Franklin
 Phone: 818-376-6157

Santa Barbara, California
 Tri-Counties Revional Center
 520 E. Montecito Street
 Santa Barbara, CA 93103
 Gary Feldman, MD
 Appointments: 805-884-7204, X204 (Alyson Delbrook)

Tarzana, California
 Encino-Tarzana Regional Health Center
 18321 Clark Street
 Tarzana, CA 91356
 Barbara Luftman, Coordinator
 Shirley Eskoff, Coordinator
 Appointments: (818) 881-1061

Van Nuys, California
 SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories -
 Genetic Testing Center
 Van Nuys, CA 91405
 Director: Jean Amos, PhD
 Main Contact: Danielle Lagrave
 Telephone: 800-SB-PROBE
 Fax: 818-376-6212

Miami, Florida
 University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Victor Program
 Deborah Zimablist Wasserman, M.S.
 Genetic Counselor/Coordinator
 Miami, Florida
 Telephone: 305-243-4524
 Cellular: 786-897-9587

Douglasville, Georgia
 Save Babies Through Screening Foundation, Inc.
 P. O. Box 5037 Douglasville, GA 30154
 Toll Free: 1-888-454-3383 Fax: (770) 726-4635

Baltimore, Maryland
Jewish Family Services Genetic Education & Screening Project
5750 Park Heights Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21215
(410) 542-6300 ext. 150 

This project consists of community educational events which are followed by screening for five diseases (Tay-Sachs, Canavan, Niemann-Pick, Gaucher, and Cystic Fibrosis). The screening is free of charge, however tax-deductible donations are appreciated.

Boston, Massachusetts
 Boston University School of Medicine -
 Center for Human Genetics
 Boston MA 02118
 Director: Aubrey Milunsky, MD, DSc
 Co-Main Contact: Susan Cheney, MS
      Co-Main Contact: Anne Yesky, MS
 Telephone: 617-638-7083
 Fax: 617-638-7092

 Massachusetts General Hospital -
 Amino Acid Disorder / Neurochemistry Laboratory
 Boston, MA 02129
 Director: Vivian E. Shih, MD
 Main Contact: Roseann Mandell
 Telephone: 617-726-3884
 Fax: 617-726-5739

 Victor Outreach and Screening Program for Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Diseases
 Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center
 Boston, Massachusetts
( 617) 636-7721

The Victor Program provides preconception counseling and screening for Tay-Sachs, Canavan, Niemann-Pick A, Gaucher Disease Type I, Familial Dysautonomia, Bloom Syndrome, Fanconi Anemia Type C, Cystic Fibrosis, Glycogen Storage Disease Type Ia, Mucolipidosis IV,and Maple Syrup Urine Disease. For couples found to be at increased risk, reproductive counseling, prenatal diagnosis and treatment will be coordinated. The program also provides education in the community and at college and graduate school campuses.

Farmingham, Massachusetts
 Genzyme Genetics - Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory
 Framingham, MA 01701-9322
 Director: Bernice Allitto, PhD
 Director: Jean DeMarchi, PhD
 Director: Ruth A. Heim, PhD
 Director: Lynne Rosenblum-Vos, PhD
 Co-Main Contact: Amy Merrill, MS
 Telephone: 800-255-7357 X2209
 Fax: 508-820-9742
 Co-Main Contact: Karen Treat, MS
 Telephone: 800-255-7357
 Fax: 508-820-9742

Detroit, Michigan
 Henry Ford Hospital, Department of Medical Genetics
 2799 West Grand Blvd., CFP-4
 Detroit, MI 48202
 (313) 916-3188

This genetics clinic offers genetic counseling and screening for nine diseases (Cystic Fibrosis, Tay-Sachs, Familial Dysautonomia, Canavan, Fanconi anemia, Niemann-Pick, Mucolipidosis IV, Bloom's Syndrome, and Glycogen storage disease type 1a). Additionally, the department provides educational programs to the community.

Wayne State University, Reproductive Genetics Department
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 745-7067

This genetics clinic offers genetic counseling for nine diseases (Cystic Fibrosis, Tay-Sachs, Familial Dysautonomia, Canavan, Fanconi anemia, Niemann-Pick, Mucolipidosis IV, Bloom's Syndrome, and Glycogen storage disease type 1a).

 Wayne State University
 DMC University Laboratories
 Molecular Genetics Diagnostic Laboratory
 Detroit, MI 48202
 Director: Gerald L. Feldman, MD, PhD
 Co-Main Contact: Holly Pinder, MT
 Co-Main Contact: Trieu D. Vo, PhD
 Telephone: 313-993-2631
 Fax: 313-745-9299

 Rochester, Minnesota
 Mayo Clinic Molecular Genetics Laboratory
 Rochester, MN 55905
 Co-Director: Karen Snow, PhD
 Co-Director: Stephen Thibodeau, PhD
 Telephone: 800-533-1710 or 507-284-4169
 Fax: 507-284-0043

 West Orange, New Jersey
 Genetics Associates of New Jersey
 West Orange, NJ and Englewood, NJ
 (973) 831-6020

The office's Jewish Genetic Disease Program offers educational sessions and screening, as well as genetic counseling, treatment, and other resources.

 Brooklyn, New York
 Dor Yeshorim
 160 Wilson St., Suite 1B
 Brooklyn, NY 11211
 (718) 384-2332

 Modern Diagnostic Laboratory (Laboratory is a blood drawing station for "Dor Yeshorim")
 Tel: 718-837-5222
 Tel: 718-837-LAB2
 Fax: 718-259-0088
 Outside 718 area code Call 800-98-MODERN
 E-mail address

 or Yeshorim is an anonymous Jewish Genetic Disease carrier screening program that primarily serves the Orthodox Community. Participants are not given the results of their screening; instead, they receive an identification number. The screening is offered at a heavily subsidized rate. When a couple is considering marriage, both partners submit their identification numbers and are informed whether they are compatible or not. A couple is only considered incompatible if they are both carriers of the same disease.

New York City, New York
 Jewish Genetic Screening Program, New York Methodist Hospital
 506 6th St.
 Brooklyn, NY 11215
 (718) 780-5256 

This program provides genetic counseling and screening for nine diseases (Tay-Sachs, Canavan, Gaucher, Niemann-Pick, Familial Dysautonomia, Cystic Fibrosis, Bloom's Syndrome, Fanconi anemia, and Mucolipidosis IV).

 Mount Sinai Medical Center -
 Molecular Diagnosis Laboratory
 New York, NY 10029
 Director: Christine Eng, MD
 Main Contact: Wanda Aponte
 Telephone: 212-241-6947
 Fax: 212-860-3316

 NYU School of Medicine
 Human Genetics Program
 550 First Avenue, MSB 136
 New York, NY 10016
 Telephone: 212 263-5746
 Fax: 212 263-7590

 New York University Medical Center -
 Molecular Genetics Laboratory
 550 First Avenue
 New York, NY 10016
 Director: Harry Ostrer, MD
 Main Contact: Carole Oddoux, PhD
 Telephone: 212-263-7621
 Fax: 212-562-2642
(This lab is also a research laboratory.)

 New York University School of Medicine -
 Neurogenetics Laboratory
 550 First Avenue
 New York, NY 10016
 Director: Edwin H. Kolodny, MD
 Associate Director: Gregory M. Pastores, MD
 Main Contact: Stanley Samuels, PhD
 Telephone: 212-263-6628
 Fax: 212-263-1018

In addition to lab testing, they also have experienced clinicians on staff who do the clinical evaluation component for people who live close enough to the area to avail themselves of that service.
(This lab is also a research laboratory.)

The Division of Reproductive Genetics
 Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center
 1695 Eastchester Rd., Suite 301
 Bronx, NY 10461
 Telephone: 718-405-8150
 Fax: 718-405-8154

Albert Einstein College of Medicine provides services for the Bronx, Riverdale, Upper Manhattan and particularly Westchester communities.
Einstein is the only lab in the country that screens for Tay-Sachs using platelet assays

Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Division of Human Genetics
Cincinnati, OH
(800) 344-CHMC ext. 64760

Portland, Oregon
 Oregon Health Sciences University -
 Biochemical Genetics Laboratory
 Portland, OR 97201-3098
 Director: K. Michael Gibson, PhD
 Telephone: 503-494-2400
 Fax: 503-494-6922

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 Victor Center for Jewish Genetic Diseases
 5501 Old York Road
 Philadelphia, PA 19141
 Telephone: 215 456 8722
 Fax: 215 456 2356
Shoshana Rosen, Victor Center Outreach Coordinator
Ms. Rosen is the liaison between the Victor Center and the community, and is available to run educational programs about the Victor Center and Jewish genetic disease screening, tailored to your organization's needs and interests. Contact Ms. Rosen for organizing a community or campus screening, or getting screened at the office.  Email:

Thomas Jefferson University
 Tay-Sachs Prevention Program
 Philadelphia, PA 19107
 Director: Jerzy Tomczak, DVM
 Telephone: 215-955-8320
 Fax: 215-955-9990
(This lab is also a research laboratory.)

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
 University of Pittsburgh
 (800) 640-GENE; (800) 334-7980

The mission of the Education and Counseling Program is to raise awareness among community members and professionals about Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Diseases. In order to achieve this goal the Program provides brochures and educational workshops to Jewish communities throughout Western Pennsylvania, as well as referral information. The Center for the Study and Treatment of Jewish Genetic Diseases provides affordable carrier testing for five diseases (Gaucher, Tay-Sachs, Canavan, Fanconi anemia, and Cystic Fibrosis) and also offers genetic counseling, treatment, and management for those affected with or at risk for these conditions.

Houston, Texas
 Baylor College of Medicine -
 DNA Diagnostic Laboratory
 Houston, TX 77030
 Director: C. Sue Richards, PhD
 Main Contact: Preethi Gunaratne, PhD
 Telephone: 800-226-3624
 Fax: 713-798-6584
(This lab is also a research laboratory.)

 Baylor Prenatal Genetics Center
 Smith Tower 6550 Fannin, Suite 801
 Houston, TX 77030
 Referrals and Scheduling: 713-798-4363

 Texas Children's Hospital - Clinical Care Center
 1102 Bates - Suite C570
 Houston, Texas 77030
 Referral & Scheduling: 713-770-4280

Fairfax, Virginia
 Genetics & IVF Institute - Molecular Genetics Laboratory
 Fairfax, VA 22031
 Director: Anne Maddalena, PhD
 Main Contact: Anne Maddalena, PhD
 Telephone: 800-654-4363
 Fax: 703-698-3988

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
 Alberta Children's Hospital -
 Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory
 Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2T 5C7
 Director: Peter Bridge, PhD
 Main Contact: The Laboratory
 Telephone: 403-229-7026
 Fax: 403-229-7624

Petah Tikvah, Israel
 Rabin Medical Center - Beilinson Campus
 Medical Genetics
 Petah Tikva, 49100, Israel
 Director: Motti Shohat, MD
 Telephone: 972-3-9377658/9
 Fax: 972-3-9377660



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