Discovering conditions and designing treatment

Our genetics specialists at UCHealth in metro Denver serve the needs of patients and their families affected by genetic conditions.

Our goal is to work with you and your primary care physician to diagnose and manage your genetic condition.

We provide a variety of genetic services including:

  • Diagnosis of genetic conditions
  • Genetic consultation
  • Genetic counseling
  • Genetic testing
  • Genetric condition management
Genetic conditions we evaluate

Genetic conditions we routinely evaluate include:

  • Arrhythmias
  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Congenital abnormalities (birth defects)
  • Ehlers Danlos syndrome
  • Fabry disease
  • Gaucher disease
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Mental retardation
  • Muscular dystrophies
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Pompe disease
  • Thrombosis
  • Tuberous sclerosis

We also evaluate healthy individuals who are concerned about their risk (or their children’s risk) of a genetic condition that is present in another family member.

Tests & treatments

History and Physical Examination

The genetics consultation will include review of your personal and family medical histories by the genetic counselor and a physical exam by Dr. Matthew Taylor. It is helpful if you prepare in advance of the visit to discuss your family history. Talk with your relatives and collect any medical records from them.

At the end of the visit, we will share our impression with you and discuss any additional recommendations for testing and/or evaluation. Both you and your referring physician will receive a summary letter 2 to 4 weeks following the visit.

Genetic Testing

Genetic testing is indicated in some of our patients. When recommended by the geneticist we will determine which tests are needed and will discuss which are likely to be covered under your insurance plan. We will contact your insurance carrier to determine coverage of specific genetic tests before we collect your blood sample.

Treatment of Lysosomal Storage Disorders

We provide management and coordination of enzyme replacement therapies for lysosomal storage disorders including Fabry, Gaucher, and Pompe diseases.

Adult genetics research

Our areas of active research are focused primarily on adults and include:

  • Hereditary cardiomyopathies
  • Lysosomal storage disorders
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Pharmacogenetics (how genetics influences response to medications)
  • Adult mental retardation
  • Rare genetic disorders