Pediatric Genetics and Metabolism

The division of genetics treats patients of all ages. Newborn children are referred because of suspected birth defects, genetic disorders, congenital malformations and/or dysmorphic features. Older children are treated for the same problems, as well as for developmental delay or mental retardation.

Persons of all age groups can be evaluated for connective tissue disorders, such as Marfan syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Other reasons for referral include osteogenesis imperfecta, chromosomal disorders, autism and neurofibromatosis.

Genetic counseling and carrier testing are available for persons with family histories of cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and other genetic conditions. Evaluation, counseling and testing are also available for hereditary cancer syndromes such as hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC), familial polyposis (FAP), and hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (HNPCC). Genetic evaluation, counseling and gene testing are also available for Huntington's disease.

Chanika Phornphutkul, MD, is the division director of the Division of Human Genetics at Hasbro Children's Hospital.

Our patients are seen in the Genetic Counseling Center or the Children's Neurodevelopment Center as outpatients, or at Hasbro Children's, Women & Infants' or Rhode Island Hospital as inpatients.

Meet the Pediatric Genetics and Metabolism Team

Clinical Geneticists

Lauren J. Massingham, MD Headshot

Lauren J. Massingham, MD

Clinical Geneticist

Chanika Phornphutkul, MD Headshot

Chanika Phornphutkul, MD

Director, Division of Genetics


Genetic Counselors

Cindy L. Benson, MS, CGC Headshot

Cindy L. Benson, MS, CGC

Certified Genetic Counselor

William Campbell, MA, MS, CGC Headshot

William Campbell, MA, MS, CGC

Genetic Counselor

Mary-Kathryn Chambers, MS, CGC Headshot

Mary-Kathryn Chambers, MS, CGC

Certified Genetic Counselor

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Sarah Spinette, PhD, MS, CGC

Genetic Counselor

Jennifer Schwab, MS, CGC Headshot

Jennifer Schwab, MS, CGC

Certified Genetic Counselor


Pediatric Genetics and Metabolism Locations