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The Harvey Institute for Human Genetics

Providing diagnostic capabilities, access to the latest testing, counseling, education, and management

The team members of The Harvey Institute for Human Genetics provide expertise in reproductive, clinical, pediatric, adult, cancer and laboratory genetics. The staff includes four physicians, board-certified in their primary specialty and in three disciplines of genetics, as well as three board-certified/eligible genetic counselors. The registered diagnostic medical sonographers and laboratory technologists are uniformly certified in their field. Experienced office staff members are able to assist in scheduling appointments, answering insurance questions and collecting records prior to visits when needed. The staff also makes genetic education available, not only to patients, families and health-care professionals but also to the community.

All doctoral-level staff members of the Institute are accredited in their respective specialties and sub-specialties by the American Boards of Medical Genetics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and/or Pediatrics. Genetic counselors are accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. The cytogenetics laboratory is accredited by College of American Pathologists, and its personnel are certified by Association of Genetic Technologists.

Our Team

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Natalie Blagowidow, MD
Natalie Blagowidow, MD
Medical Director, Genetics; Director, Prenatal Diagnostic Center; Medical Director, Clinical Cytogenetics
Clinical Cytogenetics
Natalie Blagowidow, MD
Natalie Blagowidow, MD
Medical Director, Genetics; Director, Prenatal Diagnostic Center; Medical Director, Clinical Cytogenetics
Clinical Cytogenetics
Antonie D Kline, MD
Antonie D. Kline, MD
Director, Pediatric Genetics
Clinical Genetics
Antonie D Kline, MD
Antonie D. Kline, MD
Director, Pediatric Genetics
Clinical Genetics
Shama Jari, MD
Shama Jari, MD
Director of Genetics Education; Director of Prenatal Ultrasound
Genetics
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Shama Jari, MD
Shama Jari, MD
Director of Genetics Education; Director of Prenatal Ultrasound
Genetics
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Our Services

The Harvey Genetic institute offers a wide range of genetic services, including:
  • Prenatal Diagnostic Center
    The prenatal diagnostic center offers genetic counseling, amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling, first trimester screening, and complete ultrasound evaluation of at-risk pregnancies.
  • Pediatric Genetics
    Our pediatric genetics team specializes in the diagnosis and management of children born with birth defects, developmental disabilities and/or genetic disorders from the newborn period through adulthood. Services are available on an in-patient or out-patient basis.
  • Adult Genetics
    Our adult genetics team specializes in the diagnosis and management of adults with birth defects, developmental disabilities and/or genetic disorders including those present at birth and adult-onset.
  • Hereditary Cancer Genetics
    Our hereditary cancer genetics program offers risk assessment, genetic testing, and genetic counseling to individuals at risk for hereditary cancer conditions and/or hereditary risk factors for cancer.
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Genetics Counseling

What is a Genetic Counselor?
A genetic counselor is a health professional with specialized training in medical genetics and counseling, often in the form of a master's degree. Our counselors are certified through the American Board of Genetic Counseling.

Genetic counselors provide patients and their families with information about inherited conditions to aid in their understanding of a genetic condition. In addition, genetic counselors are often a resource for families as they cope with the diagnosis and with living with a genetic condition.

What Happens During a Genetic Counseling Visit?
The genetic counselor generally begins the session by obtaining relevant family, pregnancy and medical histories, concentrating on the patient's questions and concerns. The clinician may also:
  • Provide medical information about the condition(s) in question
  • Describe patterns of inheritance and assess risks to other family members
  • Discuss appropriate genetic testing
  • Identify options for prenatal diagnosis, preconceptual or presymptomatic testing
  • Provide the family with information about educational and supportive resources
  • Talk with the family about the emotional, psychological and social consequences of a genetic condition

Health Insurance

As a medical practice of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, the Harvey Institute accepts all health insurances with which GBMC maintains contracts and complies with all GBMC financial policies.

Most health insurances cover outpatient genetics consultations as well as many forms of genetic testing. Co-payments are at the specialist rate. Inpatient genetics consults are covered under the terms of the patient's hospitalization insurance.

We encourage our patients to confirm their health insurance company's requirements before seeking outpatient genetic services. In addition to the large number of insurance products and the different varieties of coverage they offer, health insurance companies frequently review and update their policies. Our administrative staff will be happy to assist you by providing information (such as procedure codes), which your insurance company may need to determine your coverage for the services you are seeking.

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