Division of Clinical and Translational Genetics : Our Team

Clinic Providers

Mustafa Tekin, M.D., FACMG

Chief, Clinical and Translational Division
Appointments: (305) 243-6006

Dr. Mustafa Tekin is a Professor within the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida and the Chief of the Clinical and Translational Genetics Division. Dr. Tekin is board certified in Clinical, Biochemical, and Molecular Genetics. Dr. Tekin provides clinical services for children and adults with suspected or diagnosed genetic disorder. He runs an NIH-funded research program on the genetics of hearing loss.

Deborah S. Barbouth, M.D., FACMG, FAAP

Clinical Associate Professor
Appointments: (305) 243-6006

Dr. Deborah Barbouth is a Clinical Associate Professor within the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida and Medical Director for Newborn Screening for South Florida. Dr. Barbouth is board certified in Pediatrics, Clinical and Biochemical Genetics. She has specific interests in Fragile X, metabolic disorders including lysosomal storage diseases, genodermatosis and Jewish genetic diseases.

Irman Forghani, M.D., FACMG

Assistant Professor
Appointments: (305) 243-6006

Dr. Irman Forghani is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Genetics within the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Clinical Genetics.

Talia Donenberg, M.S., CGC

Senior Genetic Counselor
Tel: (305) 243-3627
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Talia Donenberg, M.S., CGC is the senior genetic counselor for the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. She is board certified in genetic counseling and received a Masters of Science in Medical Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College. She has specialized in cancer genetics for over 20 years and her interests include molecular tumor profiling and the role of genetic counseling in precision medicine. She currently sees patients within the UHealth and Jackson Health systems.

To make an appointment, call (305) 243-6006.

Stephanie Meyer, M.S., RD/N, LD/N

Metabolic Dietitian
Tel: (305) 243-9701
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Stephanie Meyer, M.S., RD/N, LD/N, is the Dietitian for the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. Stephanie is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist and she received a Masters of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Florida. Stephanie creates and manages the nutrition programs for children and adults with Inborn Errors of Metabolism and other genetic conditions. She works closely with patients from birth into adulthood to ensure they are receiving optimal nutrition while managing their condition. Stephanie sees patients at the University of Miami clinics in both Miami and Weston.

To make an appointment, call (305) 243-6006.

Lisa Pilchman, M.S.

Genetic Counselor
Tel: (305) 243-4812
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Lisa Pilchman is a genetic counselor for the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. She received a Masters of Science in Genetic Counseling from Arcadia University. She specializes in prenatal genetic counseling and her interests include sequencing technologies and preconception counseling for recessive conditions. She currently sees patients at within the UHealth and Jackson Health systems.

To make an appointment, call (305) 243-6006.

Rena Pressman, M.S.

Genetic Counselor
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Rena Pressman, M.S., is a genetic counselor for the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. She received her Masters of Science in Genetic Counseling from Arcadia University. She specializes in pediatric genetics and Fragile X syndrome. She sees patients in the downtown Miami and Weston offices.

To make an appointment, call (305) 243-6006.

Rachel Silva-Smith, M.S.

Genetic Counselor
Tel: (305) 243-8894
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Rachel Silva-Smith is a genetic counselor for the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. She received her Masters of Science in Genetic Counseling from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her primary clinical responsibility is to provide genetic counseling to individuals at risk for hereditary cancer syndromes. She sees patients in the downtown Miami and Deerfild Beach locations.

To make an appointment, call (305) 243-6006.

Lorrien Ragin-Dames, ARNP

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Tel: (305) 243-6092
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Lorrien Ragin-Dames is an advanced registered nurse practitioner for the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. She received a certificate of completion from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for Nurses in Genetics. She is a member of the International Society of Nurses in Genetics. She is a clinician and follow up care provider for the State of Florida Newborn Screening Program, and she provides clinical services for the department’s inpatient and outpatient services.

Corine Orr, LPN

Newborn Screening and Clinical Support Nurse
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Deborah R. Paul, CPC

Manager, Medical Billing & Collections
Tel: (305) 243-6583
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Rosa Rivera

Clinic Supervisor
Tel: (305) 243-6464
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Ingrid Lomax

Clinical Assistant
Tel: (305) 243-6464
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