Division of Pediatric Genetics

Division of Pediatric Genetics


Our division provides genetics services to children and adults including but not limited to:

  • Evaluation for possible genetic causes of birth defects, chronic diseases or developmental problems
  • Diagnosis of genetic disorders by physical examination and/or genetic testing
  • Prenatal testing for chromosomal abnormalities and possible genetic disorders
  • Tests to determine the chances for a genetic disorder to recur in a family
  • Management and treatment of a genetic disorder
  • Support groups for the genetic disorder

Physicians of the division are board-certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics and the American Board of Pediatrics, and our Genetic Counselors are certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.

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Clinical Services

Genetics Clinic

Hours: Monday 8:30-11:30
Thursday 8:30-11:30, 2:00-3:30
Friday 1:00-3:30

Location: 4th Floor, Primary Care Center
1215 Lee Street, Charlottesville, VA 22908

Satellite clinics are held in Bristol, Lynchburg, and Winchester, Virginia

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Appointments & Referrals:
434-924-2665 or 800-251-3627 ext. 4-2665
Fax: 434-924-1797

Lysosomal Storage Disease Program

We provide comprehensive care for individuals throughout the State of Virginia who have lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs). Our services include:

  • Identification and diagnosis of LSDs in pediatric and adult patients
  • Genetic counseling for patients and family members
  • Coordination of treatment via Enzyme Replacement Therapy and other approved therapies
  • Participation in research studies and disease registries
  • Coordination of multidisciplinary care
  • Continuity of care and long term follow-up
  • Psychosocial support and education for patients and families

To make an appointment or for questions:
Contact Casey McKenna, MS
434-924-2665 or 800-251-3627 ext. 4-2665

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Metabolic Diseases Program

We are a referral and treatment center for the state Newborn Screening Program covering the western portion of Virginia. Abnormal test results for various diseases are communicated to the Metabolic Diseases Program, enabling the medical staff to provide follow-up and treatment to children with inborn errors of metabolism and their families. Our patient population includes children and adults with PKU, HCU, MSUD, Urea Cycle Disorders, MCADD, Galactosemia, and Biotinidase Deficiency.

To make a referral:
Call 434-924-2665, ask for Dr. William Wilson, Program Director, or
Barbara Goodin, MS, RD, Program Nutritionist

Cytogenetics Laboratory

Our laboratory offers:

  • Diagnostic cytogenetic testing including chromosome analysis, fluorescent in-situ hybridization studies, and assay CGH analysis
  • Biochemical and molecular testing through the Biochemical Genetics Laboratory and Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory
  • Wide range of specialized tests provided by reference laboratories


Department of Pediatrics
P.O. Box 800386
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0386
Fax: 434-924-1797

Division Chief
William G. Wilson, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Chair for Education in Pediatrics

Administrative Assistant III
Nathaniel Braintwain

Faculty & Staff

Radhika Dhamija, MD
Wendy L. Golden, PhD
Barbara J. Goodin, MS, RD
Jennifer B. Humberson, MD
Casey A. McKenna, MS
Matthew J. Thomas, MSc
Shelley Towner, MS
Caitlin Troyer, MS
William G. Wilson, MD

Patient Education

Research Activities

Faculty in our division are currently engaged in research in the areas of:

  • Angelman syndrome
  • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Turner syndrome
  • Skeletal dysplasias
  • PKU
  • Homocystinuria
  • Organic acidurias
  • Disorders of fatty acid oxidation
  • Fabry disease
  • Gaucher disease
  • Mucopolysaccharidoses