Genetics

The Section of Clinical Genetics and Dysmorphology provides comprehensive genetic evaluations of patients with birth defects, developmental delay, suspected genetic abnormalities, family histories of genetic disorders and adult onset genetic diseases. Advanced testing facilities available at St. Christopher’s include a cytogenetics laboratory. Our cytogenetics laboratory offers a consultation service to clinicians and oncologists and has developed expertise in solid tumor and hematologic oncology karyotypic alterations for pediatric and adult malignancies, routine peripheral blood karyotyping, testing of products of conception, tissue culture, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) testing, inclusive of touch preparations from frozen tissue and formalin-fixed paraffin-imbedded samples, molecular cytogenetics (specifically, whole genome microarray analysis, available on in-patients with multiple congenital anomalies or cognitive disability).

For more information or to contact Philip Giampietro, M.D., PhD, Chief, Section of Clinical Genetics, please call (215) 427-8413.

​Our Team

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia has highly qualified experts who are specially trained to work with the individual and unique needs of infants and pediatric patients. The team includes a Genetic Counselor and is led by Philip Giampietro, M.D., PhD, Chief, Section of Clinical Genetics. To view a list of our specialists, click here.