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Kandamurugu Manickam, MD, is a clinical geneticist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital with a joint appointment in the James Cancer Center at The Ohio State University Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Manickam received his medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, completed a residency in internal medicine-pediatrics at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland and completed a fellowship in clinical genetics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is board certified in internal medicine and board-eligible in pediatrics and clinical genetics. He sees both children and adults with genetic disorders. His clinical interests are rare disease as well as common disease genetics and preventative care for both of these areas. In addition he works on the transition of pediatric genetic patients to adult genetics care to follow the natural history of rare conditions. Other areas of interest are the societal and ethical considerations of genetic testing especially for common diseases and is getting a Masters in Public Health in the field of Healthcare leadership and policy. He has been an invited lecturer and moderator at national meetings on the ethical and social implications of genetic research. His research focus is on common disease genetics and health care policy as it relates to genetics. In addition he is helping design a new master’s level program at The Ohio State University to train genetic counselors.