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Genetics

Genetics education and risk assessment is now open and accepting referrals.

Services Provided:

  • Pre-testing education
  • Genetic testing
  • Post-test education
  • Personalized cancer prevention care plan
  • Follow-up written summary of the genetics education session to referring physician/provider

Genetics education sessions are provided by a licensed genetics educator via tele-health or in-person exclusively through Memorial Medical Group Genetics. Mary Nordberg, PhD is a Professor of Medicine at LSU Health in Shreveport and the Genetics Educator at Willis Knighton Health System Cancer Center. She earned her PhD in Molecular Genetics and Cytogenetics from UTMB Galveston, and completed postdoctoral fellowships in Molecular Tumor Genetics at LSU Shreveport and in Clinical Genetics at the University of Utah. She has served on the faculty of LSU Health in Shreveport since 1999, and she served as the Director of Molecular Diagnostics for Delta Pathology from 2011-2018. She is a contributor to numerous books and peer-reviewed journal articles. In addition, she serves on committees for various professional organizations nationwide. She holds in-person genetics clinics up to 3 days per month at Memorial Medical Group Genetics.

Continuity of care by Memorial Medical Group Genetics nurse navigator ensures the referring care team is kept aware of recommendations made by the genetics clinic. Ellen Richardson, BSN, RN, OCN, is the genetics nurse navigator and the point of contact for patients and referring physicians to the Memorial Medical Group Genetics. She assists with referrals, pre-test education, genetic test ordering, test completion and facilitation of genetics education via tele-health as needed, as well as in-person appointments with Dr. Nordberg.

Genetic testing is used to identify or rule out a specific genetic or chromosomal condition. In many cases, genetic testing is used to confirm a diagnosis when a particular condition is suspected based on physical signs and symptoms or family history. The results of this testing can influence a patient’s choices about health care or the management or treatment of a disorder.

Obstetrics & Women’s Health

Carrier testing is used to identify people who carry one copy of a gene mutation that, when present in two copies, causes a genetic disorder. This type of testing is offered to individuals who have a family history of a genetic disorder or to people in certain ethnic groups with an increased risk of specific genetic conditions. If both parents are tested, the test can provide information about a couple’s risk of having a child with a genetic condition. Examples of conditions tested with carrier testing include cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease and spinal muscular atrophy. Patients requiring this service may be referred to Memorial Medical Group Genetics on a case-by-case basis.

Primary Care, Women’s Health, Gastroenterology & Medical Oncology

Genetic testing is available for healthy individuals, some cancer patients and certain family members of cancer patients to determine if there is an increased risk or predisposition to developing cancer, when there is suspicion that cancer may run in the family. Genetic testing for cancer genes can provide information about a person’s risk of developing certain cancers, and a personalized care plan can be developed with earlier screening in hopes of preventing cancer. To meet this need for inherited cancer risk screening, Memorial Medical Group Genetics will provide intake screening questionnaires using up-to-date inclusion criteria in your clinic to determine which of your patients may benefit from genetic testing. When a patient’s questionnaire is positive, you may initiate a referral to the Genetics Clinic.

For more information, please contact the Memorial Medical Group Genetics Clinic at:
P: (337) 480-8949
F: (337) 494-6497
2750 Aster Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601