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Date Published: Thursday, October 7, 2021
Date Updated: Friday, June 30, 2023

Screenings and Treatment for Genetic and Metabolic Conditions for Children and Adults Now Available through WMCHealth

WMCHealth Physicians’ Advanced Medical Genetics is now assisting families and individuals with the initial diagnosis and long-term treatment of genetic and metabolic conditions.

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VALHALLA N.Y. (October 12, 2021) — WMCHealth Physicians, the medical group of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), is now assisting families and individuals with the initial diagnosis and long-term treatment of genetic and metabolic conditions, such as phenylketonuria (PKU), lysosomal disorders and Pompe disease through WMCHealth Physicians' Advanced Medical Genetics.

Advanced Medical Genetics is an established team of physicians, nurse practitioners, dietitians and other board-certified professionals that has transitioned services into a practice within WMCHealth Physicians. The group is led by David Kronn, MD, FACMG, Section Chief for Medical Genetics and Metabolic Diseases at WMCHealth's Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, which serves as a New York State-designated Specialty Care Center for newborn screening referrals. Advanced Medical Genetics has provided care for genetic and metabolic disorders for many years and has extensive experience in clinical and molecular genetics as well as genetic counseling.


From L-R: Maryam Banikazemi, MD;
Elizabeth Lim-Melia, MD; David Kronn, MD.

Advanced Medical Genetics services include pediatric and adult genetic screening, diagnosis and treatment, counseling, prenatal testing and testing for predisposition to inherited diseases. Along with Dr. Kronn, colleagues Elizabeth Lim-Melia, MD and Maryam Banikazemi, MD, also practice as part of Advanced Medical Genetics.The group is accepting new patients.  The Advanced Medical Genetics practice office is located at 19 Bradhurst Avenue, Suite 2850 South, Hawthorne, N.Y.

Why Genetic Disorders Require a Lifetime of Care

A genetic disorder is a disease caused in whole or in part by a change in an individual's DNA sequence, according to the National Human Genome Research Institute.  Genetic diseases can be inherited and present at birth, and it is critical for many of these conditions to be identified and treated immediately as some genetic diseases can cause lifelong health problems or even early death*.

"Many genetic disorders must be identified early in life with a therapy course set immediately as a lifetime of therapies and clinical monitoring are often necessary to manage a genetic disease effectively,'' said Dr. Kronn.  "At Advanced Medical Genetics, we care for patients when they are infants, as they mature into adolescents and through adulthood, so it is important for these patients to have an experienced and cohesive team providing care. Now, we are able to provide this lifelong care with the support and resources of the WMCHealth Network and WMCHealth Physicians."


About WMCHealth Physicians
WMCHealth Physicians provider group includes the medical practices of Advanced Physicians Services and Bon Secours Medical Group. The group consists of more than 600 physicians providing care at more than 150 practice offices across the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth Physicians group expertise includes primary care and a Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program; a full-service cardiovascular program; comprehensive stroke treatments; cancer care; advanced OB-GYN services, including maternal fetal medicine; pain management; orthopedics; trauma and general surgical care; advanced diagnostic imaging and radiology; breast, brain and spine care; endovascular neurosurgery; endocrinology; medical genetics; otolaryngology; sleep-related medicine; mental-health services; and organ transplantation. Individuals who are not established with a WMCHealth provider, or who need a new provider for any reason, can call 833.329.0095 for a convenient connection to an area medical practice.

About Westchester Medical Center Health Network

The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with 10 hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 12,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. From Level 1, Level 2 and Pediatric Trauma Centers, the region's only acute care children's hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, homecare services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State, today WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated healthcare in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit WMCHealth.org.

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*According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine


For more information, contact 914.304.5280.