I have been intrigued by genetics since junior high school. I love working in a field where I can combine my interest in science with the ability to provide improved medical care to patients.
During my more than 30-year career in genetics, I’ve seen amazing changes. As we better understand how genes cause certain disorders, we can develop specific treatments and improve the health and future for many children.
As a clinical geneticist, I specialize in caring for children with many different genetic disorders. My main area of subspecialty is neurofibromatosis. I also have a special interest in Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome, tuberous sclerosis and many other genetic disorders. I strongly feel that each patient should be treated as an individual with his or her own unique needs.
I am proud to work for one of the largest neurofibromatosis clinics in the country. Our program is part of the Children's Tumor Foundation Clinic Network and the Neurofibromatosis Clinical Trials Consortium. I serve on the Children's Tumor Foundation Clinical Care Advisory Board, a position I’ve held for the past 10 years.
My research focuses on clinical trials for patients with neurofibromatosis. We want to find better treatments for bone disease in neurofibromatosis, benign neurofibromatosis tumors and associated learning difficulties.
When I’m not at work, I enjoy travel, gardening and spending time with my grandchildren.
Genetic disorders; congenital anomalies; neurofibromatosis; tuberous sclerosis; bone disease in neurofibromatosis; Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
History of bone complications of neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1); learning and behavioral problems in NF1; and drug trials for plexiform neurofibromas and other NF-related tumors.
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Genetics, Neurofibromatosis, Tuberous Sclerosis, Hereditary Cancer, Brain Tumor, Rasopathy