Genetic and Genomic Medicine

Providing Care Through the Diagnosis and Treatment of Your Child's Genetic Disorder

Genetic and Genomic Medicine

Clinical (or Medical) Genetics is a medical specialty that uses genetic and genomic information to diagnose and treat hereditary disorders, maintaining and improving the health of individuals and families. Genetic Medicine encompasses medical genetics and the newer fields of personalized or precision medicine and gene therapies.

The mission of the Division of Genetic and Genomic Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is to improve the lives of individuals with genetic conditions by:

  • Delivering compassionate, family-centered care for genetic and genomic diagnostic services
  • Providing advanced therapies
  • Supplying counseling, education and advocacy for our patients.

We care for individuals across all ages, from pre-conception and prenatal through childhood and well into adulthood. Our team provides:

  • Diagnostic evaluations for patients with known or suspected genetic diseases,
  • Genetic counseling for families and patients with genetic disorders or at risk for them, and
  • Treatment for inborn errors of metabolism and multiple other genetic conditions.

Services We Offer

Services we offer include:

  • Genetic and Genomic Disorders
  • Genetic Counseling Services
  • Metabolic Consultation
  • Hypermobility Disorders

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What to Expect at Your First Visit

A genetics consult starts with a phone call from a genetic counseling assistant. The assistant will gather information about the reason for the visit, obtain a detailed history of any problems in the family (which is called a pedigree) and possibly request medical records from other providers or hospitals. Sometimes, the assistant may need sensitive information. During this first contact, if you do not want to come for a full visit or have concerns about sharing sensitive information, please let us know.

The first appointment will take about two hours. If the person who is referred is a child, they MUST come to the visit. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before your appointment time to allow ample time to get registered, complete forms and have measurements taken (height, weight, blood pressure).

You will meet with several healthcare providers at this visit. This will include a genetic counselor, a genetic nurse practitioner or genetics physician, and possibly a metabolic dietician.

A consult with genetics is more than having genetic testing. It includes a full assessment that consists of taking a detailed history, reviewing outside medical records and performing a complete exam. We will discuss possible conditions, provide genetic counseling and review what may be needed to establish a diagnosis. A decision about whether testing is required, and what kind of tests should be performed, will be discussed at the first visit.

In most cases, testing will not be done at that time. If testing is recommended, we will work with your insurance to get prior authorization and let you know when to return for testing.

A return visit with the nurse practitioner, geneticist or genetic counselor is often needed when test results are available. Our team will go over what the results mean and discuss any next steps. Genetic counseling will be provided at every step to ensure you understand what the results mean for the patient and the family. Finally, any needed additional tests will be ordered, and a care plan with specific treatments, if available, will be made.

Clinical services are supported partly by the Ohio Department of Health as a Regional Genetics Center of the State of Ohio, Region IV.

Leadership

Kim McBride

Kim L. McBride

Kim L. McBride, MD, MS, is Division Chief of Genetic and Genomic Medicine at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Dennis Bartholomew

Dennis W. Bartholomew

Dennis W. Bartholomew, MD, is Section Chief of Genetic and Genomic Medicine and Director of the Biochemical Genetics Laboratory in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Our Clinics 

Genetics Clinic
Tower Building, 4th Floor, Suite D
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-3535
FAX (614) 722-3546

Metabolic Clinic

Tower Building, 4th Floor, Suite D
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-3543
FAX (614) 722-3546

Dublin Genetics Clinic

Dublin Medical Office Building
5665 Venture Drive
Dublin, OH 43017
(614) 722-3535
FAX (614) 722-3546
Tuesdays all day

Westerville Genetics Clinic
Close To Home Center on N. Cleveland Avenue
Westerville, OH 43082
(614) 722-3535
FAX (614) 722-3546
Mondays 12:30 pm – 5:00pm

Outreach Clinics

Athens Outreach
278 W. Union Street
Athens, OH 45701
To schedule, call: (614) 592-4431
FAX (614) 594-9929
Held bimonthly on a Wednesday


Lima Outpatient Specialty Clinics

830 W. High Street, Suite 307
Lima, Ohio 45801
To schedule, call: (614) 722-3535
Fax referral to: (614) 722-3546
Office Phone: (419) 226-9694 or (800) 742-3208
4th Wednesday of the month

Marietta Outreach
Marietta City Health Department
304 Putnam Street
Marietta, OH 45750
To schedule, call: (740) 373-0611
FAX (740) 376-2008
Held bimonthly on a Wednesday

Waverly Outreach
Pike County General Health District
14050 US23 N
Waverly, Ohio 45690
To schedule, call: (614) 722-3535
Fax referral to: (614) 722-3546
Office Phone: (740) 947-7721
Office Fax (740) 947-1109
Held bimonthly on a Wednesday

Zanesville Outreach
Muskingham Valley Health Care
719 Adair Avenue
Zanesville, Ohio 43701
To schedule, call: (614) 722-3535
Fax referral to: (614) 722-3546
Held bimonthly on a Wednesday

Affiliated Specialty Clinics

22q Center
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-6200
FAX (614) 722-4000
Office phone (614) 962-6373

Child Development Center
187 W. Schrock Rd.
Westerville, OH 43081
(614) 722-6200
FAX (614) 722-4000
Office phone (614) 355-8080

Complex Epilepsy Clinic (Epilepsy Center)
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-6200
FAX (614) 722-4000

Cleft Lip and Palate Center
Nationwide Children’s Hospital 
700 Children's Drive
Suite T5E
Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-6200
FAX (614) 722-4000
Office phone (614) 962-6366
Tues. 12:30 pm – 5 pm

Cystic Fibrosis Clinic
Outpatient Care Center, 5th Floor
555 S. 18th Street
Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: (614) 722-4766
Fax: (614) 722-4755
Tues PM, Wed PM, and Thurs PM

Down Syndrome Clinic (Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics)
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-6200
FAX (614) 722-4000
Office phone (614) 722-4050

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)/Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Clinic
Outpatient Care Center, 1st Floor
555 S. 18th Street
Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-6200
FAX (614) 722-4000
Office phone (614) 722-2203
Wednesdays

Myelomeningocele Clinic (Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics)
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-6200
FAX (614) 722-4000
Office phone (614) 722-4050
Friday AM

Prader-Willi Syndrome Clinic (Endocrinology)
Outpatient Care Center, 5th Floor
555 S. 18th Street
Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-6200
FAX (614) 722-4000
Office phone (614) 722-4425
2nd Friday of the month

Williams Syndrome Clinic (Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics)
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-6200
FAX (614) 722-4000
Office phone (614) 722-4050
2nd Tuesday of the month

Research

Our research partners include the Institute for Genomic Medicine, the Center for Gene Therapy, and the Center for Cardiovascular Research.
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The Steve and Cindy Rasmussen Institute for Genomic Medicine

The Steve and Cindy Rasmussen Institute for Genomic Medicine combines a robust clinical laboratory with genome scientists and clinical geneticists to optimize patient care.

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Center for Gene Therapy

The mission of the Center for Gene Therapy is to investigate and employ the use of gene- and cell-based therapeutics for prevention and treatment of human diseases.

Center for Cardiovascular Research

The Center for Cardiovascular Research conducts innovative research leading to improved therapies and outcomes for pediatric cardiovascular diseases and promotes cardiovascular health in adults.

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Resident and Patient
Residency Programs

Medical Genetics and Combined Pediatrics-Genetics Residencies

We currently offer a two-year Medical Genetics and four-year combined Pediatrics/Medical Genetics residency program at our institution.