Division of Clinical and Translational Genetics : General Genetics Clinics

General Genetics Clinics

The General Genetics Clinic at the University of Miami offers evaluation, management and genetic counseling for children and adults with known or suspected genetic conditions. This clinic welcomes children, adults, families, and couples. Common indications for referral to the general genetics clinic include developmental delays or learning problems, birth defects, growth disorders, vision or hearing impairment, muscular dystrophies, and metabolic disorders. Other individuals who may benefit from a genetic evaluation include those who have a known genetic condition, families that have multiple individuals with the same condition and parents who are concerned about passing on a condition to their children.

Comprehensive care and ongoing follow-up is provided by our team of board-certified geneticists and genetic counselors, as well as our registered dietician. Our physicians utilize state-of-the-art genetics laboratories to ensure patients are provided with the most up-to-date testing options. The clinical team is involved in a variety of research projects and collaborations allowing for the incorporation of the most current scientific advances into clinical care.

Director: Mustafa Tekin, M.D., FACMG

Attending Physicians: Deborah Barbouth M.D. ; Irman Forghani M.D. ; Willa Thorson M.D. ; Kumarie Latchman D.O.

Genetic Counselors: Dayna Morel Swols M.S., CGC ; Stephanie Bivona M.S., CGC ; Rena Pressman M.S., CGC ; Samantha Augustyn M.S. CGC

Clinic locations:

  • University of Miami, Mailman Center for Child Development, 1601 Northwest 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136

  • Deering Medical Plaza, 9380 S.W. 150th St., Miami, FL 33157
  • Weston Pediatrics, 1855 N Corporate Lake Blvd. Weston, Florida 33326
  • Fort Lauderdale: 4800 NE 20th Ter, Fort Lauderdale FL 33308
  • Boca: 3848 FAU Blvd, Unit 305, Boca Raton, FL 33431
  • LeJeune: 351 SW 42 Ave, Coral Gables FL 33134
  • Lennar: 5555 Ponce De Leon, Coral Gables FL 33146


Typically patients are referred through their primary care or specialty physicians. However, self-referrals are also welcomed. Please speak with your physician or your child’s pediatrician about a referral to the clinic. An appointment can be made by calling (305) 243-6006.

What can I expect from a visit to the general genetics clinic?

Before your visit:

  • Make sure that all relevant medical records have been sent to our office before the visit for the physician to review. You can obtain your medical records from your primary physician or hospital. Contact your hospital to find out the procedure for obtaining records – this may take a few weeks so please plan well ahead.
  • Speak with your family members to learn more about health conditions or learning problems that may run in your family. The more you know about your family’s health, the better we can help you. Try to find out about your parents and siblings, and your grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins.
  • It may be helpful for you to bring your child’s baby book, family photos or medical records from family members to the appointment.

During your visit:
Please plan on arriving 10-15 minutes early for the registration process. A visit to the genetics clinic typically includes a review of the medical, family and developmental history, a physical examination, and a discussion of possible genetic conditions. The physician may order laboratory tests, X-rays or other procedures. Genetics appointments are comprehensive and typically last 1 hour so please plan according.

After your visit:
After your visit a detailed summary will be sent to your referring physician. If you would like to obtain a copy of the summary please let us know during your visit.

Contact us at:

1601 NW 12th St., Miami 33136
Fax number (305) 243-3919
Phone number for appointments: (305) 243-6006