What to Expect at Your First Appointment at the Division of Human Genetics
The Division of Human Genetics provides genetic evaluation, counseling, testing and medical management for patients of all ages at risk of or affected by conditions such as cleft lip and palate, hereditary cancer, metabolic diseases, and many other genetic disorders. Our experienced team will provide you or your child with the best clinical care possible using a precision-medicine approach. This approach allows us to use specific information about each patient to make an accurate diagnosis, develop the best care plan and offer individualized treatments.
Making an Appointment at the Division of Human Genetics
We look forward to partnering with you and your family to answers your questions. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with a geneticist or a genetic counselor, please contact our office directly.
If you are a physician and would like to request an evaluation for a patient, please fax a referral to our office or contact the office directly.
Before Your Appointment
To prepare for your first visit, we recommend creating a list of each family member’s medical history, making note of any genetic conditions or disorders. Also, ask your family members if they have had genetic testing in the past. If a family member has had testing, please bring a copy of the results to the appointment.
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that your insurance will pay for genetic services or testing. We encourage you to contact your insurance company before your first visit to find out more information. In many cases, the genetics team can help you to work with your insurance company once we decide which tests are appropriate. You may meet with a financial counselor in private to review the options available to you.
On the Day of Your Visit to the Division of Human Genetics
Arriving at Your Appointment
Appointments for the Division of Human Genetics are available at the Cincinnati Children's Burnet, Liberty, Mason, Centerville, and College Hill campuses. Please make sure you know in which building your appointment will be held and plan for extra time to find parking.
We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to allow for registration.
If you are running late, please call to let us know.
At Your Appointment
Please bring all pertinent medical records, genetic test results and family medical history to your first visit. Your first visit will include a doctor or team of doctors, a genetic counselor and/or a nurse practitioner. A medical resident or students also may be present. The team will review the medical history and family history. They also may do a physical examination. Based on their review and exam, the team will discuss testing, management and/or treatment options with you. They will also work with you to develop a plan of care as needed.
If the appointment is for a first visit for your child, your child must accompany you so the doctors can examine them. You may bring other family members, but please know that our exam rooms are generally not large enough to accommodate more than three or four people. Bring only those people who are necessary.
The team will only be able to evaluate the patient who is scheduled. If it is important for more than one family member to be evaluated, please mention this when you make the appointment.
We may ask for written consent for genetic testing. We may ask for permission to take photographs. Referrals to other specialty clinics or services may also be placed.
After Your Visit to the Division of Human Genetics
We will send a summary of the evaluation to the referring physician and/or primary care provider. If genetic testing is planned and prior authorization is needed, we will help to obtain it. The results of genetic testing may be communicated by a genetics provider typically either at an in-person visit, a telehealth visit, by telephone, or via MyChart. We may recommend follow up, such as additional blood tests, imaging studies, referrals and testing of other family members. If we diagnose a genetic condition in the family, we will often provide information and resources for support.