Clinical Genetics Program
McMaster University Medical Centre
Rooms 3N13-3N20 Blue Section
Phone: (905) 521-5085
Fax: (905) 521-2651
Clinical Genetics Program, McMaster Children's Hospital
The mission of the Clinical Genetics Program is to provide expert services, quality education and innovative research in pediatric and adult clinical genetics, prenatal genetics and cancer genetics. Our team provides management and/or genetic counselling to families affected with, or at risk for the development of, inherited diseases.
Who does it serve?
The Clinical Genetics Program serves the Central South and Central West health care regions of Ontario. Patients served include:
Patients of a late maternal age (35 or older at delivery), abnormal maternal serum screening results, or ultrasound abnormalities in a current pregnancies are referrals for the Obstetrics/Gynecology Clinic (4B), at (905)521-2100, extension 75082.
A physician referral is required for the first visit with a geneticist or genetic counsellor, but no one with a valid indication for being seen in our clinic will be denied an appointment.
The Clinical Genetics Program Team
Chumei Li, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FCCMG
Malgorzata J.M. Nowaczyk, MD, FRCPC, FCCMG
Potter, MD, FRCPC, FCCMG
Linda Kim, MD,
Ron Carter, PhD, FCCMG, FACMG
Potter, MD, FRCPC, FCCMG
John S. Waye, PhD
Jia-Chi (Jack) Wang MD, MSc,
Kathleen Bell, MSc, CGC
Tim Heshka, MSc, MSc
(Paradiso) Parkinson, MSc,
Lee-Anne Schultz, MS, CGC
Susan Zeesman, MSc, CCGC
Marta Szybowska, MSc
Your visit to Genetic Services
If you are being seen by a geneticist in order to establish a diagnosis, the genetic consultation will usually consist of:
If you are being seen by a genetic counsellor because of a confirmed diagnosis or a family history concern, the appointment will usually consist of:
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do I have to bring anything to my appointment?
A. You should come with as much information as possible about your family and medical history.
Q. How long will the consultation take?
A. New patient visits usually last 45-90 minutes. Follow-up visits are often shorter. These times are for the consultation itself and do not include any additional testing that might be required (e.g. blood samples).
Q. Will there be any blood testing done?
A. Whether blood tests are ordered depends on the situation. If you wish to know the likelihood that a blood test will be ordered in your case, you may call our main number to inquire.
Q. Do I have to fast for my blood test?
A. No. You can eat and drink normally before your visit, unless specifically told otherwise.
Q. What is a clinical geneticist and what is genetic counselling?
A. A clinical geneticist is a physician (medical doctor) who is specifically trained in the diagnosis and management of genetic disorders. Genetic counselling is an education process that seeks to help affected and/or at-risk individuals understand the nature of the genetic disorder, its transmission and the options open to them in management and family planning.