I am a clinical geneticist at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, where I care for newborns, infants, children, adolescents and adults with a variety of genetic concerns including congenital anomalies, developmental delays, autism and neurological disorders. I am also the medical director of the Craniofacial Center and the Marfan Clinic at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. The Craniofacial Clinic is the largest in Florida and the Marfan Clinic is the only center of its kind in the state.
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Genetics today is at the forefront of medicine, and is impacting the way we diagnose, manage and treat patients. At Joe DiMaggio, we are using genetics to improve our understanding of complex conditions and using this knowledge to improve treatment options for patients of all ages.
Every patient I see is unique. I love the variety in my work and getting to help patients with all different medical concerns. While many specialties focus on one organ or part of the body, I get to look at the complete picture of a patient – who they are as a person, what their genes tell us about them and how their genetic make-up impacts their daily life. I look at myself as a detective who puts pieces of a puzzle together to get one complete picture of a patient, something that no other specialty really does. For me, every organ is important and is a clue to a potential diagnosis.
In addition to providing patient care, I also write medical articles on several genetic conditions, and present at national and international conferences.