Genetic Services

Providers at RUSH offer a range of genetic testing, genetic screening and family counseling services to help you and your family make sense of your DNA.

Providers at RUSH offer a range of genetic testing, genetic screening and family counseling services to help you and your family make sense of your DNA.

The RUSH Approach to Genetic Services

Getting genetic testing or screening for you or your child is one of the best ways to gauge the risk of certain genetic diseases. If a disease or disorder is detected, our providers can develop a customized treatment plan for the best way to move forward.

Our genetic services team is compromised of providers who focus on pediatric conditions, neurology, cancer, cardiology and so much more. We also offer specialized clinics for the following:

  • Cardiogenetics: At our cardiogenetic clinic, genetic specialists evaluate and counsel patients with a variety of genetic disorders that affect the heart including hyperlipidemia, cardiomyopathies, arrhythmias and inherited conditions like Marfan syndrome and Loeys-Dietz syndrome. 
  • Lysosomal storage disorders: We have one of the largest lysosomal storage disease programs in Illinois. We diagnose, monitor and treat both children and adults with a number of lysosomal storage disorders, including Fabry disease, Gaucher disease, Pompe disease and mucopolysaccharide disorders. We participate in a number of disease registries, as well as research protocols for the treatment and management of these disorders.
  • Neurogenetics: RUSH offers specialized genetic care to patients who have neurogenetic conditions, including neuromuscular disorders, neurodegenerative disorders and others. We also have a comprehensive fragile X syndrome clinic.

During your first appointment, you'll meet with a genetic counselor and geneticist to talk about your family history, risk factors and testing options. Then, once we get the results (usually from a saliva test; not a blood test), we'll come up with a treatment plan and refer you to any specialists, if needed.

Our Areas of Care

Cancer Genetics Services

If we detect abnormal cancer cells, we can determine the right course of treatment.

Reproductive Genetic Services

Focused on genetic testing for women and men looking to start a family and pregnant women.

Pediatric Genetic Services

Genetic testing for children of all ages

RUSH Excellence in Genetics Services

  • Expert evaluation and diagnosis: Your medical history, family history and current symptoms are key to determining if you might be affected by a genetic disease. By asking the right questions and listening carefully to your story, we'll make sure we find the right treatment plan for you.
  • Personalized diagnostic genetic testing for kids: We know how much you want your child to live a happy, productive life. We can give your child the best chance at success by diagnosing genetic disorders at an early age. If we know what the disease or disorder is at a young age, we can start planning for what types of treatments or specialists they'll need in the future. We can examine congenital malformations, chromosome disorders, intellectual disability and learning disabilities.
  • Preparing for pregnancy: Being pregnant can be overwhelming, but one thing that might put your mind at ease is undergoing genetic testing and counseling during your pregnancy to determine if your child is at risk for a genetic disorder. Knowing beforehand will help us determine what treatments they might need in the future. Genetic screening tests also help you learn about your risk of being affected by a genetic disorder or having a baby affected by a genetic disease.
  • Expert referral: We know you might have a lot of questions about the results of your genetic test. We're happy to help refer you to providers who can help, such as psychologists or someone who specializes in the disease or disorder.

Clinical Trials

We have a wide range of active clinical trials in Genetic Services.

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Genetics specialist Carolyn Jones, MD

Genomic medicine is essential for diagnosing and managing inherited and acquired disorders from the prenatal to geriatric periods of life. Our goal is to help patients determine their personalized risk for inherited disorders and identify appropriate genetic testing. This allows our medical team to offer personalized medical options based on each family’s story. Rush offers a broad genetics and genomics program through clinical evaluations and genetic counseling services in multiple areas including prenatal, pediatrics, cancer, cardiology and neurology.

Carolyn Jones, MD, PhD, Clinical Geneticist

Genetic Services Locations

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Oncology doctors with  a patient

RUSH MD Anderson Cancer Center

1520 W Harrison St
Joan and Paul Rubschlager Building
Chicago, IL 60607

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Mon – Fri: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sat – Sun: Closed
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Professional Building

RUSH Pediatric Specialty Care - Professional Building

1725 W Harrison St
Professional Building - Suite 710
Chicago, IL 60612

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Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Evenings after 5 p.m. by appointment only
Sat: By appointment only
Sun: Closed
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Oak Park

RUSH MD Anderson Cancer Center at Oak Park

610 S Maple Ave
Rush Medical Office Building - Suites 5400, 2100
Oak Park, IL 60304

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Mon – Fri: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat – Sun: Closed
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