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Where is Screening Done?

Screening is most commonly requested through a doctor’s office, usually an OB/GYN, or medical genetics program where genetic counseling is available. If one or both partners test positive for carrier status, they should be referred for genetic counseling.

JScreen, a not-for-profit at-home education and carrier screening program for Jewish genetic diseases, also offers access to screening and education about Jewish genetic diseases. 

When you are considering starting or adding to your family, it is important to tell your doctor or genetic counselor about your family's genetic background including whether you come from a family with Jewish ancestry. You should also share your family's geographic heritage and discuss any genetic conditions that run in your family. 

Know Before You Go

Screening through Your Doctor’s Office

Finding a Genetic Counselor

Screening at a Hospital, Clinic or Commercial Lab or Online Service

Clinic/Lab Listings by State

 

Know Before You Go

Tell your doctor:  Make sure to tell the doctor that you are of Jewish heritage and be as specific as possible about the geographic area(s) your family comes from.  If you have ever been screened in the past, bring your report with you to your appointment.

Insurance coverage:  Many insurance plans cover testing for Jewish genetic diseases, whether done through a commercial lab, at a hospital, clinic or via an online service. Patients who do not have coverage for testing may be eligible for a reduced-price test. The Canavan Foundation can refer you to reduced price options if necessary.  Contact us. 

If you are of Sephardic/Mizrahi heritage: As Jew of Ashkenazi background make up the predominance of the U.S. Jewish population, doctors and genetics programs may be more familial with the Ashkenazi Jewish genetic diseases than the Sephardic/Mizrahi Jewish genetic diseases. If you are of Sephardic/Mizrahi background, you may want to look for a program which specializes in these diseases.  Call the program in your area and ask if they are familiar with Sephardic/Mizrahi genetic diseases.

Tay-Sachs: For the most sensitive and accurate carrier detection available for Tay-Sachs, the recommendation remains a combination of DNA and biochemical carrier screening (enzyme analysis). However, rapid advances in the technology of next generation sequencing have dramatically reduced the price, and may soon become an equally viable choice. It is best to consult with a genetic counselor before proceeding.

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Screening through Your Doctor’s Office

Most physicians are able to draw blood for the Jewish genetic disease tests in their office and send it to a laboratory for analysis. The best place to start for most people who wish to get tested is their regular doctor, most often the woman’s OB/GYN. Some physicians have genetic counselors in their practices; others will have genetic counselors or genetics programs to which they will refer patients.  Visit the section Talking to your doctor about genetic screening for recommendations about what to say at your appointment.

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Finding a Genetic Counselor

You can look for a genetic counselor in your area through the website of the National Association of Genetic Counselors. 

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Screening at a Hospital, Clinic, Commercial Lab or ONline Service

Hospital-Based Genetics Programs: Many hospitals around the country, especially in larger metropolitan areas, have medical genetics departments and offer genetic testing and counseling. A person who has a known family history of genetic diseases, has had a positive test result in the past, is already pregnant or has had a child with an inherited genetic disease may wish to go directly to one of these hospital programs.  Click here for a state-by-state listing.

Community and Non-Profit Screening Programs: There are several community and non-profit organizations that offer education and screening, often at a special price. These programs may have eligibility limitations and may not screen for all diseases.  Click here for a state-by-state listing.  (Note: not all states have community or non-profit screening programs.)  

Commercial Laboratories: There are four major national commercial laboratories that do genetic screening. Tests must be ordered by a physician with an account with the lab.  Click here for a listing of commercial labs.

Online Service: JScreen, an at-home education, counseling and carrier screening program for Jewish genetic diseases provides a convenient way to test for carrier status. Click here to contact.

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Clinic/Lab Listings by State

CA, CT, FL, GA, IL, MA, MI, MN, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, VA

Disclaimer: The Canavan Foundation does not endorse any of these programs. This list is offered for information purposes only. Please contact us if you have any information which will allow us to correct or add to this list

California

UCLA Pediatric Genetics

300 Medical Plaza, Suite 3102
Los Angeles, CA 90095-6969

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Medical Genetics
444 South San Vicente Bvld., Suite 1001
Los Angeles, CA 90048
310.423.9990
Familiarity with Sephardic-Mizrahi genetic diseases

Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Department of Medical Genetics
5275 Claremont Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
510.428.3550

UC Irvine Medical Center

101 The City Drive South, 2ZOT4482
Orange, CA 92868-3298
714.456.5791

UC San Francisco Medical Center

533 Parnassus, U-262
San Francisco, CA 94143
415.476.4808

Stanford Medical Center

Medical Genetics H-315
Department of Pediatrics
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA 94305
650.723.5198

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Connecticut

Greenwich Hospital/Genzyme Genetics

5 Perryridge Road
Greenwich, CT 06830

203.863.3917

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Florida

Victor Center for Jewish Genetic Diseases/Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Mailman Center for Child Development
1601 NW 12th Avenue
PO Box 016820 (D-820)
Miami, FL 33136
305.243.4524

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Georgia

Save Babies Through Screening Foundation, Inc.

PO Box 5037
Douglasville, GA 30154
888.454.3383

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Illinois

Center for Jewish Genetics

Ben Gurion Way
30 South Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606
312.357.4718
Can do Sephardic/Mizrahi testing on a case-by-case basis

Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Division of Genetics, Birth Defects and Metabolism
2300 Children’s Plaza No. 59
Chicago, IL 60614-3394
773.880.4462

Reproductive Genetics Institute

2825 North Halstead
Chicago, IL 60637
773.472.4900

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Massachusetts

Boston University School of Medicine

Center for Human Genetics
700 Albany Street, Ste. W408
Boston, MA 02118

Genzyme Genetics Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory

3400 Computer Drive
Westborough, MA 01518
800.255.7357
Samples sent to Genzyme they do not collect samples

Tufts Medical Center Floating Hospital for Children

Division of Genetics
800 Washington St., 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02111
617.636.7721 Victor Program questions
617.636.8100 Appointments

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Michigan

Henry Ford Hospital

Department of Medical Genetics
2799 West Grand Blvd., CFP-4
Detroit, MI 48202
313.916.3188

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Minnesota

Mayo Clinic

200 First Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905
507.284.8198 Clinical Genetics
800.533.1710 Genetics Laboratory

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New Jersey

Hackensack University Medical Center

Genetics & Genetics Counseling Program
30 Prospect Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601
201.996.5264

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Institute of Genomic Medicine
185 South Orange Avenue
Medical Science Bldg., F-656
Newark, NJ 07103
973.972.3170

St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center

703 Main Street
Patterson, NJ 07503
973.754.2727

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New York

Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Reproductive Genetics Division
1695 Eastchester Road, Suite 301
Bronx, NY 10461
718.405.8150

New York Methodist Hospital

Jewish Genetic Screening Program
506 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11213
718.780.556
Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Diseases

Dor Yeshorim

429 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 1211
718.384.2332

North Shore Long Island Jewish

Medical Genetics Office
1554 Northern Blvd., Suite 204
Manhasset, NY
516.365.3996
Familiarity with Sephardic/Askenazi diseases

Mount Sinai Medical Center

Genetic Testing Laboratory
1428 Madison Avenue (at 99th Street)
The Atran Building, 1st Floor 
New York, NY 10029

NYU Langone Medical Center

Human Genetics Program
MSB 136
550 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016
212.263.7621

Beth Israel Medical Center

Division of Medical Genetics
350 East 17th Street, Suite 6BH10
New York, NY 10003
212.420.4179

Columbia University Medical Center

Division of Medical Genetics
3959 Broadway
CHN 6-601A
New York, NY 10032
212.305.6731

Weill Cornell Physicians

Pediatric Medical Genetics
505 East 70th St.
Helmsley Tower, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10021
646.962.2205

Children's and Women's Physicians of Westchester

Regional Medical Genetics Center
503 Grasslands Rd., Suite 200
Valhalla, NY 10595
914.304.5280

Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo

Division of Genetics
140 Hodge Avenue, Room 166
Buffalo, NY 14222-2034
716.878.7530

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Ohio

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Division of Human Genetics
3333 Burnet Avenue
Cincinatti, OH 45229-3026
800.344.CHMC x64760

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Oregon

Oregon Health Sciences University


Biochemical Genetics Laboratory
Portland, OR 97201
503.494.2400

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Pennsylvania

Victor Center for Jewish Genetic Diseases/Albert Einstein Medical Center

5501 Old York Road
Levy 2 West
Philadelphia, PA 19141

Texas

Baylor Medical Genetics Laboratories

Baylor College of Medicine – NAB 2015
One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX 77030
800.411.GENE
Lab only runs the test

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Virginia

Genetics & IVF Institute – Molecular Genetics Laboratory

Fairfax, VA 22031
800.654.4363

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Commercial Labs

Tests must be ordered by a physician with an account with the lab.

Quest Diagnostics800-377-8448

Laboratory Corporation of America: 800-LABCORP

Counsyl:  1-888-COUNSYL

Good Start Genetics:  855-765-0845