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The Center for Congenital Disorders


Center for Congenital Disorders

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For infants and children with genetic disorders, birth defects and other malformations, healing must extend beyond the patient to include parents, siblings and extended family members. 

A Special Team for Our Most Complicated and Fragile Patients

The Center for Congenital Disorders is the only practice of its kind in the New York metropolitan area. Since 1987, we have worked as a closely-knit team of medical geneticists, counselors and pediatric experts in cardiology, pulmonology, endocrinology, neurology, orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery, urology, plastic surgery and more.

Diagnostic Services and State-of-the-Art Care

We diagnose and treat many types of genetic diseases, including:

  • Down syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities
  • Hearing impairment
  • Inherited disorders of the skin (dermatogenetic disorders)
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Neurofibromatosis and other neurogenetic disorders
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta and other skeletal disorders
  • Phenylketonuria and other metabolic disorders
  • Spina bifida (meningomyelocele)
  • Williams syndrome

We also provide genetic evaluations for other issues:

  • Autism
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Genetic counseling for families of patients
  • Undiagnosed conditions

Our Staff of Medical Geneticists (and areas of expertise)

  • Robert W. Marion, MD, Director (spina bifida, dysmorphology)
  • Robert D. Burk, MD (cancer genetic counseling)
  • Paul A. Levy, MD (inborn errors of metabolism)
  • Joy M. Samanich, MD (dysmorphology, Williams syndrome)
  • Elaine M. Pereira, MD (dysmorphology, connective tissue disorders)
  • Michele Disco, MS (genetic counselor, Williams syndrome, inherited disorders of the skin)
  • Ellen Hantman, MS (genetic counselor)

Contact information

Call 718-741-2323 to schedule an appointment. Please gather as much of the following information as possible, and bring it with you to your first meeting:

  • Information about medical conditions in family members
  • Medical records from visits to other physicians
  • Photographs of family members
  • X-rays and laboratory studies performed in the past

Directions to CHAM

Contact Center for Congenital Disorders at CHAM

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