Major advancements in medical and molecular genetics have led to new insights about genetic testing and the diagnosis and treatment of genetic conditions. This new information can be used to ensure you and your family of optimal health and effective treatments when necessary.
Gaining Insight Into Your Family’s Health History
The Medical & Molecular Genetics Department at Riley at IU Health offers information, genetic counseling, genetic testing, treatment and referral services for individuals or families touched by inherited conditions or chromosomal disorders.
Our goal is to help families understand the genetic conditions that affect them and provide treatment options. We provide genetic counseling for a variety of hereditary conditions and birth defects and collaborate with doctors throughout the Indiana University Health system to offer the most advanced treatment options.
Clinical genetics is a medical specialty that provides genetic counseling and genetic testing services to individuals and families. The clinical genetics specialists at Riley at IU Health provide consultation for a variety of hereditary conditions and birth defects.
Our genetic counselors are specially trained in genetics, statistics and counseling. They can provide in-depth yet understandable explanations of complex genetic information. They are knowledgeable about all forms of genetic testing and can discuss the risks, advantages and limitations of each type of testing.
Genetic counselors do not pressure a patient or family to have testing or take any particular course of action. Their goal is to arm patients and families with the information they need to make healthcare decisions. If a diagnosis is confirmed, they help families understand how a diagnosis was reached, the medical prognosis and the available treatment options.
Because families may face uncertainty or struggle with the emotional impact of an unwelcome diagnosis or risk assessment, our genetic counselors offer supportive counseling, make referrals to specialists and suggest community resources for further help.
Biochemical genetics is a subspecialty of clinical genetics that focuses on inborn errors of metabolism (IEM)—or metabolic disorders. Metabolic disorders are characterized by the inability to appropriately utilize fat, carbohydrates or protein in the foods we eat.
Riley at IU Health is the largest medical center in Indiana that treats children and adults with metabolic disorders. Our team of experts includes board certified medical geneticists, two dietitians with specialized training in metabolism, a genetic counselor, a social worker and a team of highly skilled nurses. Through our continuing education and research in urea cycle defects and phenylketonuria (PKU), among other disorders, we offer our patients the latest in medical treatment.
While metabolic conditions cannot be cured, they can often be managed effectively with diet and/or medicines. Treatment is often life-long and, as such, we follow patients from diagnosis (which frequently occurs in infancy) through adulthood.
Conditions & Services
Our pediatric specialists provide patient- and family-centered care for most related conditions. The links below provide more specific information about some, but not all, of the conditions that we treat.
We offer a number of different Medical & Molecular Genetics services. Below are some, but not all, of the services that we provide. If you have a question about a specific service that is not listed here, please contact our department.
Learn more about the skills and specialties of our doctors.
Department Forms & Resources
Department Forms & Resources
The Medical & Molecular Genetics at Riley at IU Health provides the following forms for parents, healthcare providers and personnel. We have also curated relevant resources from other websites and provided links with brief descriptions of the information that is available.
Please complete this form and bring it with you to your or your child's appointment.
Related Programs & Departments
Related Programs & Departments
We provide multispecialty care for a number of conditions. Below are links to our related programs & departments.
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Riley genetics counselors provide support to families before pregnancy and in the months leading up to delivery. Through different types of screenings, these counselors can help parents prepare for any obstacles their baby may have to overcome after birth. The counselors are trained in genetics, biology, statistics and psychology. Their expertise allows them to guide parents as they learn information about their child. This week, one of those counselors explains what it looks like when a parent opts for genetic testing and how the field has advanced in the last couple of decades.Continue reading
For Health Professionals
The medical genetics specialists at Riley at IU Health work with you to provide the latest information and services for children and adults with inherited conditions. We offer comprehensive evaluation and genetic screening, including newborn screening. To refer a patient, please contact us by phone at 317.944.3966 or by fax at 317.968.1354.
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Through our partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine, our geneticists stay on the forefront of medicine by conducting research and clinical trials related to genetic disorders. Our experts are studying the role genes play in conditions such as chromosomal abnormalities, familial cancers, inborn errors of metabolism and neurodegenerative disorders as well as exploring new treatments through research and clinical trials in gene therapy.
Riley at IU Health partners with the IU School of Medicine to provide a broad set of training opportunities for medical students, residents and fellows who are interested in careers in medical and molecular genetics.