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The specialized expertise needed for cases involving genetic disorders

Genetics is the discipline of biology concerned with genes, heredity, and variation in living organisms. Medical genetics is the branch of medicine that seeks to understand how genetic variation relates to human health and disease. Medical geneticists study genetic diseases and how genotypes affect drug responses (pharmacogenetics).

In the United States, physicians who want to become medical geneticists must first complete a medical degree (MD or DO), followed by a two- to three-year residency program in either pediatrics, internal medicine, or obstetrics and gynecology. They must then complete a two- to three-year fellowship in medical genetics. Medical geneticists are Board Certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG).

There are numerous sub-specialties within medical genetics, including:

  • Clinical biochemical genetics
  • Clinical genetics and genomics
  • Laboratory genetics and genomics
  • Medical biochemical genetics
  • Molecular genetic pathology

The role of a medical geneticist as an expert witness

Geneticists are in high demand in a variety of legal cases that involve genetic testing or genetic information in some form. Some of the types of cases in which a geneticist’s insight may be helpful include:

  • Medical malpractice matters that include misinterpretation or mishandling of genetic test results, or negligent treatment of a genetic disorder.
  • Cases involving birth defects and genetic diseases.
  • Genetic factors and predispositions that affect personal injury matters.
  • Genetic information discrimination in employment.

Because of the complexity of cases involving genetics, it is critical that a consultant or expert witness be prepared to explain medical concepts in plain and understandable language. Having an expert who not only understands the subject matter but is prepared to offer objective and understandable testimony can make all the difference in a legal matter.

Find the genetics & genomics expert witness you need

Our national network of expert witnesses includes experienced, Board Certified medical geneticists available for consultation and trial testimony. If you are considering a legal case involving genetics, we can help. Contact us today for a free case summary review.

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