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    Genetic Counselors

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    Jennifer Hopper, LGC
    Genetic Counselor, Division of Human Genetics

    513-803-2155

    jennifer.hopper@cchmc.org

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    Sara C. Knapke, LGC
    Clinical Manager and Certified Genetic Counselor

    513-803-0211

    sara.knapke@cchmc.org

    Sara C. Knapke, LGC

    Clinical Manager and Certified Genetic Counselor

    Phone: 513-803-0211

    Fax: 513-636-7297

    Email: sara.knapke@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    BS: Psychology, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 2000.

    MS: Medical Genetics, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2004.

    Certification: American Board of Genetic Counseling, 2005.

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    Erin A. Mundt, LGC
    Genetic Counselor III, Division of Human Genetics

    513-636-9626

    erin.mundt@cchmc.org

    Medical Geneticists

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    T. Andrew Burrow, MD
    Assistant Professor, Clinical Genetics and Medical Biochemical Genetics

    513-636-4760

    thomas.burrow@cchmc.org

    T. Andrew Burrow, MD

    Assistant Professor, Clinical Genetics and Medical Biochemical Genetics

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4760

    Fax: 513-636-7297

    Email: thomas.burrow@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Lysosomal storage diseases; inborn errors of metabolism

    Research Interests

    Clinical trials; lysosomal storage diseases; biomarkers in gaucher diseases

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, 2003.

    Residency: Pediatrics and Human Genetics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2008.

    Fellowship: Medical Biochemical Genetics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2009.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2007; Clinical Genetics 2009

    Publications

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    Robert J. Hopkin, MD
    Co-Director, 22Q-VCFS Center

    513-636-4760

    rob.hopkin@cchmc.org

    Robert J. Hopkin, MD

    Co-Director, 22Q-VCFS Center

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4760

    Fax: 513-636-7297

    Email: rob.hopkin@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Fabry disease and other lysosomal storage diseases; craniofacial genetics; 22q11 deletion; clinical intervention for genetic disease; neurofibromatosis; dysmorphology; prenatal diagnosis of genetic syndromes

    Research Interests

    Fabry disease; Robin sequence; 22q11 deletion; neurofibromatosis; craniofacial genetics; chromosomal anomalies

    Biography

    Robert J. Hopkin, MD, is an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Hopkin graduated from the University of Nevada Medical School. He completed residency and chief residency in pediatrics at the Phoenix Children's Hospital, Maricopa Medical Center Combined Residency Program. His training in medical genetics was completed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    The majority of Dr. Hopkin's time is spent in caring for patients with genetic disorders. He participates in clinics from Fetal Care to Adult Genetics. He is also actively involved in education of health care providers regarding the application of genetics for patient care. Dr Hopkin has participated in a number of clinical trials and is a member of American College of Medical Genetics Committee on Therapeutics. He has participated in natural history studies on Fabry disease, Pompe disease, velocardiofacial syndrome, Pierre Robin sequence, Neurofibromatosis type I, and several other genetic conditions. The unifying principle in his research interests is application of scientific knowledge to improve outcomes for patients afflicted with genetic disorders.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Nevada Medical School, Reno, NV, 1990.

    Residency: Phoenix Children's Hospital, Manicopa Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ, 1993; Phoenix Children's Hospital, Manicopa Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ, 1994.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1997.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1993; Clinical Genetics, 1996.

    Publications

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    Nancy Doan Leslie, MD
    Interim Co-Director, Division of Human Genetics

    513-636-2438

    nancy.leslie@cchmc.org

    Nancy Doan Leslie, MD

    Interim Co-Director, Division of Human Genetics

    Director, Clinical Genetics Fellowship Program

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-2438

    Fax: 513-636-7297

    Email: nancy.leslie@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Galactosemia; PKU; inborn errors; newborn screening; lysosomal storage disease

    Research Interests

    Focus on inborn errors of metabolism, with an emphasis on long term outcome in PKU and in the molecular biology of galactosemia

    Education and Training

    MD: Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1975 to 1979. 

    Internship and Residency: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Endocrinology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center,OH, 1982 to 1985; Clinical Genetics and Clinical Biochemical Genetics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, OH, 1993 to 1995.

    Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 1986; American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-Board of Pediatric Endocrinology, 1989; American Board of Medical Genetics, Board-Certified in Clinical Genetics and Clinical Biochemical Genetics, 1996, Active in MOC.

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    Derek E. Neilson, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4760

    Email: derek.neilson@cchmc.org

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    Biography

    Dr. Neilson studies genetic contributions to the disorder acute necrotizing encephalopathy (ANE), in which children are predisposed to devastating neurologic injury following common infections. Research involving families with recurrent ANE has revealed a candidate gene which is now being studied in mouse and cellular models.

    Education and Training

    MD: Oregon Health Sciences University, 1998.

    BA: Biology, Johns Hopkins University, 1993.

    Publications


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    Howard M. Saal, MD, FACMG
    Director, Clinical Genetics

    513-636-2438

    howard.saal@cchmc.org

    Howard M. Saal, MD, FACMG

    Director, Clinical Genetics

    Director, Cytogenetics Laboratory

    Co-Director, 22Q-VCFS Center

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-2438

    Fax: 513-636-7297

    Email: howard.saal@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Craniofacial disorders, community genetics, growth disorders, 22Q-VCFS

    Research Interests

    Genetic etiologies and natural histories of craniofacial disorders and new syndrome delineation

    Biography

    Howard M. Saal, MD, a highly respected clinical geneticist and dysmorphologist, is the head of the section of Clinical Genetics in the Division of Human Genetics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. In addition to being board certified in clinical genetics and pediatrics, Dr. Saal is a board certified cytogeneticist.

    Early in his career, he was the Director of the Cytogenetics Laboratory at the University of Connecticut Health Center, where he was also the associate director of the Craniofacial Disorders Team.

    Dr. Saal is interested in the genetic causes of craniofacial disorders, especially cleft lip and cleft palate. He also has a significant interest in the natural history of genetic conditions, and has authored or co-authored numerous publications centering on the natural history and management of various genetic conditions, with special attention to neurofibromatosis, cleft lip, cleft palate, Pierre Robin sequence and 22Q-VCFS.

    After leaving Connecticut, Dr. Saal went to Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, where he was the Vice-Chairman of the Department of Medical Genetics and co-director of the Craniofacial Center. His clinical activities included establishment of the Neurofibromatosis Clinic, the Biochemical Genetics Clinic, and the multidisciplinary Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic with his colleagues at Children's National Medical Center. His interest in community activities led to his being named to the Health Professionals Advisory Committee and later to the Board of Directors of the National Capital Area March of Dimes.

    Dr. Saal joined the staff at Cincinnati Children's in 1993 as the Head of Clinical Genetics. He has been an active participant in numerous clinical settings and has established the Hereditary Cancer Program, a unique local resource for families with familial and inherited cancers.

    Dr. Saal is involved in community activities and has established urban genetics outreach clinics at three sites in Hamilton County. He has also been appointed as acting director of the Craniofacial Center at Cincinnati Children's, where he continues to cultivate his interests in the care of children with craniofacial disorders.

    Education and Training

    MD: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 1975-1979.

    Internship: University of Connecticut Integrated Program in Pediatrics, Farmington, CT, 1979-1980.

    Residency: University of Connecticut Integrated Program in Pediatrics, Farmington, CT, 1980-1982.

    Fellowship: University of Washington School of Medicine Division of Medical Genetics, Seattle, WA, 1982-1984.

    Certification: American Board of Medical Genetics in Cytogenetics and Clinical Genetics, 1984; American Board of Pediatrics, 1985.

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    Elizabeth K. Schorry, MD
    Director, Neurofibromatosis Clinic

    513-636-0121

    elizabeth.schorry@cchmc.org

    Elizabeth K. Schorry, MD

    Director, Neurofibromatosis Clinic

    Director, Adult Neurofibromatosis Clinic

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-0121

    Fax: 513-636-7297

    Email: elizabeth.schorry@cchmc.org

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    Biography

    Elizabeth Schorry, MD, received her undergraduate degree at the University of Cincinnati and her MD at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

    Dr. Schorry completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in medical genetics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She has been a faculty member in the Division of Human Genetics at Cincinnati Children's since 1988.

    Dr. Schorry provides medical management, genetic assessment and genetic counseling for children with a wide range of genetic disorders and congenital anomalies. She has a special interest in neurofibromatosis and tuberous sclerosis.

    Education and Training

    BS: Biology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1977.

    MD: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1982.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1982-1985.

    Fellowship: Genetics, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1985-1988.

    Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 1987; Clinical Genetics, American Board of Medical Genetics, 1987.

    Publications

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