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Pediatrics / Genetics Division

Welcome to the Genetics Division

Alex Levin MD

Alex V. Levin, M.D., Chief

The Division of Pediatric Genetics has three major missions:


The division plays a significant role in the education mission of the Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and the School of Nursing. A wide range of clinical and research electives are available, including dysmorphology, inherited metabolic disorders, cytogenetics, cardiogenetics, cancer genetics, prenatal detection of birth defects, evaluation of regional genetic counseling and regional education for prevention of birth defects, and genetic counseling. The division is involved in genetics education for medical students, graduate students, residents, fellows and members of the community.


Members of the Pediatric Genetics Team are actively engaged in research initiatives to better understand inherited metabolic disorders of children and adults, the delivery of genetic services, and the genetics of craniofacial abnormalities and preterm delivery.

Clinical Services

Two primary clinical services offered by Pediatric Genetics are:

The General Genetics Clinic provides diagnostic genetic evaluations of children and adults who have birth defects, mental retardation, chromosome disorders, autism spectrum disorders, dysmorphic syndromes, craniofacial disorders, cardiogenetic syndromes, neurofibromatosis, cancer predisposition or other genetic disorders.

The New York State Newborn Screen Referral and Treatment Center provides newborn screening follow-up and on-going management for children with a wide range of inborn errors of metabolism. Faculty work closely with Cytogenetics, Biochemical Genetics, Reproductive Genetics, Ob/Gyn Specialists and the Pediatric Cleft and Craniofacial Center.