Clinical Genetics Program

The Clinical Genetics Program at our Hospital offers:

  • Assessment and diagnosis of genetic conditions
  • Medical information about genetic conditions
  • Discussion about the risks of developing and passing on a genetic condition
  • Information regarding the management and prevention of genetic conditions
  • Arranging genetic testing, as appropriate

Frequently Asked Questions

What is genetic counselling?

Genetic counselling is an OHIP covered health care service, which provides information to families and individuals who are affected by or at-risk for inherited and/or genetic conditions.

Who provides genetic counselling?

Geneticists and genetic counsellors provide genetic counselling. Geneticists are medical doctors with special training in medical genetics. Genetic counsellors have a Masters degree in genetic counselling.

Is genetic counselling right for me?

Some reasons for a genetics referral may be:

  • Preconception/Prenatal
    • Maternal age of 40 years or older at the time of delivery
    • Multiple miscarriages (3 or more)
    • Exposure to potentially harmful medicines, drugs, chemicals, etc. during pregnancy
    • Family history of a genetic condition, chromosome abnormality or birth defect
    • Positive prenatal screen
    • Abnormal findings on prenatal ultrasound
  • Paediatric
    • Birth defect(s) (e.g. cleft lip/palate, heart defects, spina bifida)
    • Developmental delay or learning disabilities of unknown cause
    • Sensory impairments (e.g. vision, hearing)
    • Metabolic disorders (e.g. PKU, galactosemia)
    • Confirmed or suspected genetic conditions (e.g. Down Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy)
  • Adult
    • Family history and/or a suspected or confirmed personal history of a genetic adult onset of condition (e.g. Huntington Disease, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Hereditary Cardiomyopathy, Muscular Dystrophies)
  • Hereditary Cancer
    • Cancers that run in a family, called hereditary cancers, make up 5-10% of all cancers. A genetic counsellor and/or geneticist can provide information to those at risk of having hereditary cancer.

Is there a cost for genetic counselling services?

Genetic services are covered by OHIP for those who meet our referral guidelines.

How do I make an appointment?

We do not accept self-referrals. Referrals can be made through a health care provider.

For Health Care Providers

Referral forms can be found here