Inherited Conditions

Many diseases and disorders are caused by a person’s genetic makeup. These include abnormalities in genes that occur randomly or because of environmental exposures. Other genetic factors “run in the family” and are inherited at birth from one or both parents.

The Division of Medical Genetics, based in the University of Iowa Stead Family Department of Pediatrics and UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital, is a comprehensive statewide resource for families and health care professionals.

Our multidisciplinary team provides hospital- and clinic-based medical care for children and adults with genetic conditions. Testing, diagnosis, counseling, and treatment services include:

  • Iowa Newborn Screening Program, a partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health and the State Hygienic Laboratory to test every baby born in Iowa for more than 25 metabolic disorders. For details, visit Testing for a Health Baby.
  • Metabolic Genetics Clinic provides counseling, treatment, and follow-up care for children born with metabolic disorders—conditions that affect how the body makes or uses energy from foods.
  • Cytogenetics and Molecular Laboratory, a nationally accredited and certified facility that tests and analyzes subtle changes in genes and chromosomes to assist in the diagnosis of complex developmental problems in children.
  • General Genetics Clinic for children and adults who are at risk or may show signs of a genetics-related disease or disorder.
  • Connective Tissue Disorders Clinic for children and adults who have disorders affecting structural connective tissues—including the skin, ligaments, tendons, blood vessels, and other tissues that support many of the body’s organs and functions.
  • Neurofibromatosis Clinic, a nationally affiliated member of the Neurofibromatosis Clinic Network through the Children’s Tumor Foundation. The clinic offers the latest treatments for neurofibromatosis—a nervous-system condition that causes tumors to grow anywhere in the body and can affect the normal development of tissues such as bone and skin.
  • Genetics Outreach Clinics offer statewide genetic health care services and education for individuals, families, and health care providers. Outreach clinics are held in the following Iowa cities: Ames, Bettendorf, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Mason City, and Waterloo.

We understand that genetic diseases and disorders affect families as well as individuals. Our medical team provides the information, support, and follow-up you need to make informed decisions. We will work with your family physician so you will continue to receive the best all-around care as you move forward. We also collaborate with state and federal agencies, educators, researchers, support groups, and others to provide the latest information and treatment options for Iowans and their families.

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Locations and Contact

  • Iowa City, Iowa

    2400 Colloton Pavilion
    In House Directions: Elevator F, Level 2
    UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, IA 52242
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Appointment: 319-356-2229
    • Emergency: 319-356-1616
    • Toll Free: 888-573-KIDS (5437)
  • Coralville, Iowa

    UI Health Care–Iowa River Landing East
    920 East 2nd Avenue, Suite 201 B
    Coralville, IA 52241
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Phone: 319-467-2000
    • Toll free: 855-467-3700
  • Ames, Iowa

    McFarland Clinic
    1215 Duff Ave
    Ames, IA 50010
    • Phone: 877-891-5350
  • Bettendorf, Iowa

    UI Stead Family Children's Hospital–Quad Cities
    865 Lincoln Road
    Suite 400
    Bettendorf, IA 52272
    • Phone: 563-344-2240
    • Toll free: 877-386-9105
  • Dubuque, Iowa

    Mercy Medical Center
    250 Mercy Drive
    Dubuque, IA 52001
    • Phone: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
  • Fort Dodge, Iowa

    Physician's Office Building West (behind Trinity Regional Hospital)
    804 Kenyon Rd, Suite L
    Fort Dodge, IA 50501
    • Phone: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
  • Johnston, Iowa

    University of Iowa Health Care–Johnston
    8605 Chambery Blvd
    Johnston, IA 50131
    • 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
  • Mason City, Iowa

    Mohawk Square
    22 Georgia Ave, Suite 310
    Mason City, IA 50401
    • Phone: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
  • Waterloo, Iowa

    UI Stead Family Children's Hospital–Waterloo
    3410 Kimball Avenue
    Waterloo, IA 50702
    • Phone: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)

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