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Medical Genetics

Why choose Ochsner Health for your pediatric genetics care?

The Ochsner Genetics Clinic is one of Louisiana’s leading resources for diagnosing and treating known or suspected genetic conditions. Our highly skilled team of genetic counselors and board-certified medical geneticists help children and adults get comprehensive genetic evaluations, testing and diagnosis of genetic disorders. If a genetic syndrome is discovered, Ochsner guides families from Louisiana, Mississippi and beyond to state-of-the-art healthcare and supportive services they may need for ongoing care.

Ochsner genetic experts serve people in a wide range of circumstances. While some patients are referred to us by a pediatrician or another physician, other patients are aware of their risk for a genetic condition based on their family’s medical history. After meeting with our team, patients may choose to undergo genetic testing to help them make important life decisions or determine how an unborn baby could be affected by either parent’s health, or they may simply want to know more about a diagnosed genetic disorder.

Genetic testing can help patients understand their risk level for certain genetic syndromes, such as rare cancers that are tied to specific genes. A genetic evaluation can help patients lower their risk for developing health problems later in life or gain peace of mind by eliminating a genetic health risk. Genetic testing can also assist physicians in choosing therapies that are effective against some forms of cancer.

At Ochsner, children, adults and caregivers receive meticulous care in an unhurried environment devoted to better health through education, mutual understanding and collaboration. Our genetic counselors and medical geneticists conduct thorough intake interviews to learn your goals, respond to your concerns and share information you may need to make informed healthcare choices. An accurate genetic diagnosis can help you or a family member manage a condition, improve and maintain optimal health and avoid health complications.

  • Before your first appointment, send any genetic testing records or relevant clinical notes to the Ochsner Genetics Clinic. If this is not possible, please bring medical records with you.
  • Make notes to capture everything you know about your family’s medical history to refresh your memory.
  • Allow one to two hours for your first appointment.
  • In most cases, you begin by meeting with a genetic counselor who will interview you and your child. Immediately afterward, you will meet with a genetic physician who may ask additional questions, conduct a physical exam and get acquainted with you and your child. Together, you will create a plan of care.
  • Genetic tests are typically conducted with either a simple blood draw or cheek swab.
  • After you are tested and your genetic physicians and counselors review your results, you will have a follow-up appointment to explain the results and learn how they relate to your health. Follow-up visits may last 30 minutes to an hour.

Many people are referred to Ochsner by a primary care physician or a pediatrician who suggests genetic testing based on the patient’s family history, symptoms linked to genetic conditions or known anomalies that have been present since birth. We communicate with your physicians about your genetic testing and evaluation results. You can also depend on us to coordinate referrals to other specialists at Ochsner and beyond.

If, for example, a genetic condition is detected in your unborn child during prenatal genetic testing, we work with Ochsner obstetricians, including maternal fetal medicine specialists who plan your unborn child’s birth and care for you during pregnancy.


A medical geneticist uses medical history, family history and physical examination findings in addition to genetic testing to identify unique gene changes passed through families that may cause genetic disorders and birth abnormalities. They help people understand inherited health conditions and recommend healthcare subspecialists who can manage or treat physical, emotional, social or intellectual disabilities linked to genetic conditions.

When a child is born with a genetic condition or birth defect that affects well-being and growth, a geneticist can diagnose it accurately. Geneticists and genetic counselors give emotional support and lead families to healthcare and educational resources that help children develop from birth through adulthood.

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Map of Ochsner-affiliated facilities that provide services related to Medical Genetics

Medical Genetics Locations

Ochsner Acadia General Hospital
1305 Crowley Rayne Highway
Crowley, LA 70526
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Cancer Center – Baton Rouge
17050 Medical Center Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70816