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Division Highlights - Genetics & Metabolism

The Division of Genetics and Metabolism provides comprehensive services to help patients and families cope medically and emotionally with a wide range of genetic disorders.

We have maintained a commitment to making these services available statewide through over 30 years of partnership with the Waisman Center on the UW campus and the State Division of Public Health, and through leadership of the Wisconsin State Genetics System.

Research interests include the genetic bases of inherited disorders and congenital anomalies, molecular techniques for newborn screening, diagnosis of nonsyndromic intellectual disability, fetal alcohol syndrome, and the genetic causes of vertebral anomalies.

2012 Highlights

  • Mei Baker, MD, and Philip Farrell, MD, PhD, received a 2-year, $415,273 research award from the Legacy of Angels Foundation for their project, “Improving IRT/DNA newborn screening for cystic fibrosis to reduce false positives by a new molecular strategy.”
  • Philip Giampietro, MD, PhD, received the “Heart of the Matter” award from the National Marfan Foundation for “compassionate patient care and research.”
  • Richard Pauli, MD, PhD, was among the first recipients of the UW Health Patient Experience Physician Champion Award, which recognizes physicians who have achieved exemplary communication skills in the 2011 Avatar patient satisfaction survey.
  • Gregory Rice, MD, received the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s (SMPH) Dean’s Teaching Award.


David S. Wargowski, MD

Professor (CHS) and
Division Chief

Mei W. Baker, MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)

Philip F. Giampietro, MD, PhD

Professor (CHS)

Jennifer J. S. Laffin, PhD

Assistant Professor (CHS)

Richard M. Pauli, MD, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Elizabeth M. Petty, MD


Gregory M. Rice, MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)

Jessica A. Scott-Schwoerer, MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)

Sandy C. Van Calcar, PhD, RD

Assistant Professor

Jon A. Wolff, MD

Clinical Professor, Volunteer Staff


Recent Publications

Grant Support

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Last updated: 01/04/2016
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