The Rush Approach to Pediatric Genetic Services
If your child is suspected to have a genetic condition, you want expertise and accuracy, starting with a diagnosis. Our clinical geneticists — physicians trained to identify and manage genetic disorders — will guide your family through evaluation and the complex world of genetic testing before determining a plan for your child’s diagnosis.
Following diagnosis, the Rush team will support you with coordinated care. Your child’s medical providers, including a clinical geneticist and pediatric specialists, will create a treatment and therapy plan to provide the best outcomes for your child. And our pediatric genetic counselors will help you understand your child’s diagnosis and discuss support resources available to you.
Rush Excellence in Pediatric Genetic Services
- Expert pediatric geneticists for an accurate diagnosis: Our team includes clinical geneticists who specialize in diagnosing and managing treatment for people with genetic disorders. Rush is one of few hospital systems in the area with this level of expertise, as well as the ability to coordinate support care around your child’s condition.
- Informed decision-making is our goal: Complex and at times confusing, genetic testing can cause a lot of questions before there are answers. The Rush pediatric genetics team is committed to helping you understand the tests your child may need, and what these tests will tell you. It’s our goal to help you make informed decisions for your child’s health, as well as coordinate your testing schedule to be as convenient as possible for your family.
- Specialized treatment for genetic disorders: After diagnosis, the genetics team will help coordinate your child’s health care needs, including connecting you to one of Rush's pediatric specialists. These doctors are experts in your child’s condition and will recommend treatments or therapies specific to your child’s symptoms. If needed, we also offer specialty clinics that take a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care, with a research focus. These specialized clinics include: the Rush Cystic Fibrosis Center, the Rush Craniofacial Center, the MDA (Muscular Dystrophy) Care Center and the Rush Rett Multidisciplinary Clinic. Specialty clinics are often at the forefront of research for rare disorders and participate in new clinical trials.
- Only fragile X clinic in Chicago: Children born with the genetic disorder fragile X syndrome have unique medical needs that require expert care. Rush University Medical Center offers family-centered care at the only fragile X clinic in Chicago, led by a nationally renowned pediatric neurologist. We provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment, and access to the latest research and clinical trials, to support your family.