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Genetics and Metabolism


The regional genetics experts at USF Health are committed to finding the answers to your child’s condition. We have been providing comprehensive evaluation and care for children and adolescents with genetic conditions since 1977. 

USF Health encourages parents to learn more about Genetic Counseling and when it is recommended for your child.

Clinical geneticists, genetic counselors, and other specialists work as a team to provide diagnostic evaluation for conditions that are known or suspected to be genetic.  During the visit, patients are seen by a genetic counselor and geneticist in order to provide optimal assessment, testing recommendations, genetic counseling and management.

The goals of genetic counseling are to help the individual or family:

  • Understand the medical facts, including the diagnosis, probable course of the condition, and available treatment
  • Appreciate the hereditary nature of the condition
  • Understand options for testing and management
  • Choose the course of action which seems personally appropriate
  • Adjust to the information provided

The Metabolic Genetics Clinic at USF Health provides optimal care to pediatric patients with inherited metabolic disorders. Professionals evaluate infants identified by newborn screenings and others with metabolic disorders. 

To prepare for your visit, please ensure that pertinent medical records from all specialists are faxed IN ADVANCE to 813-259-8771.  Please print and complete the genetic questionnaire prior to arrival and bring it with you to the visit.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.