Medical Genetics

Medical Genetics offers the region’s only comprehensive spectrum of genetics services, including both clinical diagnosis and on-site genetics laboratories. Two physician clinical geneticists and four genetics counselors provide prenatal, pediatric, adult/familial and cancer diagnoses and genetic counseling.

The nationally recognized, state-of-the-art medical genetics laboratories include cytogenetics, molecular cytogenetics, DNA diagnostics and a large screening program. The molecular laboratories are equipped to perform large-scale sequencing and genotyping studies. There is an internationally renowned research program on the genetics of common diseases with major emphasis on asthma, mental retardation, diabetes and cancer.

Wake Forest School of Medicine was the first in the nation to establish a Department of Genetics in 1941.

Brenner News and Highlights 

Brenner Children’s Hospital Again Ranked among Best in Country by U.S. News & World Report

For the second straight year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Brenner Children’s Hospital, the pediatric arm of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, among the best children’s hospitals in the country.


Head Hits Can Be Reduced in Youth Football; Study Shows Limiting Contact in Practice Makes Difference

Less contact during practice could mean a lot less exposure to head injuries for young football players, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Virginia Tech.


Ranked in 12 Medical Specialties, Wake Forest Baptist is among the Nation’s Best Hospitals According to U.S. News & World Report

For the 21st consecutive year, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is listed among the best hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The online magazine released its annual national ranking of the country’s premier hospitals, earlier today.


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