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CHAM_Genetics_Group_2013_10-33The Division of Genetics at CHAM, one of the oldest and best known in the country, has provided family-centered care for infants, children and adults with genetic diseases, birth defects and congenital malformations since 1968.

Our team has diagnosed and treated thousands of children with complex, rare and inherited conditions. Through our connection with basic and clinical science researchers at Montefiore and Einstein, we are able to provide state-of-the-art, precision medicine. Many of our patients remain in our care for years, and even decades. 

But although we're able to provide cutting-edge, state-of-the-art precision medicine, the core of our mission is the understanding that care must extend not only to the person with the disease, but also to the parents, siblings and extended family members. Our comprehensive care team gets to know our patients and their families intimately, thereby delivering personal, customized, unparalleled care.

The Division is the administrative home for the Center for Congenital Disorders, the Craniofacial Center at CHAM and the Center for Inherited Metabolic Disorders. In addition, our staff direct the Center for Cardiogenetics, the Spina Bifida Center (a component of the Function Clinic), the Dermato-Genetics Program and the Williams Syndrome Center.

The Division is dedicated to providing clinical services, performing clinical and basic science research, and training the next generation of leaders in our field. Our faculty—which forms the core staff for these centers—are actively involved in all of these pursuits.

The NY Center for Rare Diseases at Montefiore Einstein has become one of 40 academic medical centers selected to be part of a national network dedicated to diagnosing, treating, and researching all rare diseases. The network is led by the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) and is designed to foster knowledge sharing between experts across the country to meet the unmet needs of more than 25 million Americans living with a rare disease.

Montefiore Health System was selected for its research and clinical excellence in caring for people with complex, rare and inherited conditions, including its delivery of state-of-the-art precision medicine.


Melissa Wasserstein, MD

Every child and family is managed based on their specific psychological, medical and genetic needs. In terms of both diagnosis and management, this is cutting-edge, personalized medicine.

Melissa Wasserstein, MD

Chief, Division of Genetics, Children's Hospital at Montefiore
Professor of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Genetic disorders are complex, rare and often misunderstood. That’s why CHAM recruited the top genetic physicians, surgeons and staff to provide your family with the highest caliber of care. Many of our team members have special understanding and aptitude in key areas of genetic disorder diagnosis and treatment, ensuring that your child will receive personalized care specific to his or her condition.

In addition to our medical professionals, our staff includes representatives from social service, genetic counseling, psychology and more to assist families in any way they need it. We offer genetics patients a comprehensive array of elite programs, centers and services to make it easier to manage and treat inherited conditions.

Talk to your doctor about how these unique CHAM resources can help complement your care:


Education & Training

ThinkstockPhotos-146729460_316x210Our Division is dedicated to training the next generation of leaders in the field of genetic medicine.  The Division's staff provides residents in pediatrics and fellows in medical genetics and reproductive genetics with a range of opportunities to provide care in this dynamic specialty while working with some of the region's top minds in the field.

Our educational programs include an ACGME-accredited residency program in medical genetics, training activities for residents in general pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and other specialties. We also play an important role in the education of both medical students at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and genetic counseling students in the graduate program in human genetics at Sarah Lawrence College. 

Learn About Our Fellowship Program


Divison faculty are involved in several basic, translational and/or clinical research projects.  Faculty members collaborate with basic and clinical scientists at Montefiore and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and are assisted in their research efforts by a clinical research nurse and undergraduate, graduate or medical students and residents or postdoctoral fellows.   

View our list of current projects

See why so many applicants choose Montefiore Einstein

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