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Chin-To Fong, M.D.

Cancer, Genetics, Pediatrics

Clinical Interests

BRCA Testing; Cancer Genetics; Genetic Testing; Genetics; Hereditary Cancer; Inherited Metabolic Disease

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-5857

Office: (585) 275-5857

Fax: (585) 273-1018

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Biography

Dr, Fong provide care for newborns, children, teens, and adults who have genetic and metabolic disorders. He treats a variety of conditions, including birth defects, chromosome abnormalities, cystic fibrosis, developmental disabilities, Fragile X syndrome, Neurofibromatosis, Marfan syndrome, Prader-Willi and Angelman syndrome, Skeletal dysplasias and inborn errors of metabolism, including Medium-Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase deficiency (MCADD) and Phenylketonuria (PKU).

Dr. Fong has extensive experience working in his field and the Chief of Pediatric Genetics.

Research

Dr. Fong's primary research interest is Genetics of orofacial clefts. Cleft lip and palate is a common birth defect that affects one in 700 children in the U. S. and around the world. Children with this birth defect face multiple challenges, such as feeding difficulty, hearing impairment, speech defects and many dental abnormalities. These problems, along with the cosmetic changes associated with the clefts, often result in life-long physical, educational and psychological handicaps. Caring of these children thus requires a team approach over long periods of time.

Cleft lip and palate is a familial trait, but the genetic factors that result in this abnormality have not been clearly identified. Recent calculations have led to the belief that as many as a couple dozen genetic factors may act together to cause cleft lip and palate, with a few of the factors being more important than the rest. Moreover, there is convincing evidence that environment factors, such as cigarette smoking by the pregnant mother, play a role in the development of cleft lip and palate in the fetus.

In these situations, the environmental and genetic factors act together to cause the birth defect. Therefore, cleft lip and palate is considered a multifactorial genetic disorder. The work in our laboratory is focused on finding the genetic factors for cleft lip and palate through linkage disequilibrium analyses. We believe that better treatment and prevention of cleft lip and palate will come from a better understanding of these genetic and environmental factors.

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

Specialties

  • Clinical Biochemical Genetics - American Board of Medical Genetics
  • Clinical Genetics (M.D.) - American Board of Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics

Education

1978
SB | Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Biology

1978
SM | Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Biology

1981
MD | Harvard Medical School (Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science & Technology)
Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1981 - 06/30/1982
Internship in Pediatrics at St. Louis Children's Hospital

07/01/1982 - 06/30/1984
Residency in Pediatrics at St. Louis Children's Hospital

07/01/1984 - 06/30/1987
Fellowship in Medical Genetics at Washington University School of Medicine

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Awards

2007
Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award
Sponsor: Arnold P. Gold Foundation

2007
Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Teaching
Sponsor: Alumni Association, URSMD

2004 - 2005
Manuel D. Goldman Prize for Excellence in First Year Teaching
Sponsor: University of Rochester School of Med. and Dent.
Location: Rochester, NY

2004
Elected Faculty Commencement Speaker
Sponsor: the URSMD Class of 2004

2004
Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award
Sponsor: Medical Students Class of 2005

2004
First Annual Loss Science Lecturer
Sponsor: St. John Fisher College
Location: Rochester, NY

2004
Elected member of Alpha Omega Alpha Zeta Chapter
Sponsor: Class of 2005, URSMD

2003
URSMD Nominee of the American Association of Medical Colleges Award for Humanism in Medicine
Sponsor: Received commendation from the American Assoc. Medical Colleges

2003
Commendation for First Year Teaching
Sponsor: URSMD

2002 - 2003
DeWitt Brower Dean's Teaching Fellowship
Sponsor: URSMD

2002
Manuel D. Goldman Prize for Excellence in First Year Teaching
Sponsor: URSMD

2001
Ruth A. Lawrence Academic Faculty Service Award, Department of Pediatrics,
Sponsor: URSMD

1993 - 1994
Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award given by the Pediatrics Housestaff
Sponsor: Strong Memorial Hospital

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Publications

Journal Articles

5/2004
Yoon YJ, Perkiomaki MR, Tallents RH, Barillas I, Herrera-Guido R, Fong CT, Kyrkanides S. "Transverse craniofacial features and their genetic predisposition in families with nonsyndromic unilateral cleft lip and palate." The Cleft palate-craniofacial journal : official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.. 2004 May 0; 41(3):256-61.

9/2003
Yoon YJ, Perkiomaki MR, Tallents RH, Barillas I, Herrera-Guido R, Fong CT, Kyrkanides S. "Association of nasomaxillary asymmetry in children with unilateral cleft lip and palate and their parents." The Cleft palate-craniofacial journal : official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.. 2003 Sep 0; 40(5):493-7.

7/2003
Perkiomaki MR, Yoon YJ, Tallents RH, Barillas I, Herrera-Guido R, Moss ME, Fong CT, Kyrkanides S. "Association of distinct craniofacial features in nonsyndromic cleft lip and palate family members." The Cleft palate-craniofacial journal : official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.. 2003 Jul 0; 40(4):397-402.

Books & Chapters

2005
Chapter Title: Inherited Disorders of Metabolism
Book Title: The Merck Manual
Author List: Fong C-T
Edited By: Beers MH
Published By: Merck Research Laboratories2005 in Whitehouse Station, NJ

2005
Chapter Title: Cleft Lip/Palate
Book Title: The Pediatric Clinical Advisor
Author List: Girotto J, Fong C-T
Edited By: Garfunkel L, Kaczorowsky J, Christy C
Published By: Mosby2005 in St. Louis, MO

2005
Chapter Title: Neurofibromatosis
Book Title: The Pediatric Clinical Advisor
Author List: Fong C-T
Edited By: Garfunkel L, Kaczorowsky J, Christy C
Published By: Mosby2005 in St. Louis, MO

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