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 spectrum disorders, and the genetic causes of vertebral anomalies and bone dysplasias.

2014 Highlights

  • Seminars in Pediatrics had a genetics focus in 2014, with significant participation by division faculty.  The division also hosted the Upper Midwest Clinical Genetics Conference, which was held in conjunction with Seminars in Pediatrics. Division chief David Wargowski, MD, was involved in planning both events.
  • Mei Baker, MD, received the Harry Hannon Laboratory Improvement Award in Newborn Screening from the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL).
  • Mei Baker, MD, and Philip Farrell, MD, PhD, were awarded $590,000 from the The Legacy of Angels Foundation for their research project,  “Prospective Study of Newborn Screening for Cystic Fibrosis Using Novel IRT/Next Generation Sequencing Method.” Dr. Baker and co-investigators also received nearly $500,000 from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for “Establishing a Newborn Screening Process for Early Identification and Treatment of Infants with Pompe Disease.”
  • David Wargowski, MD, received a four-year, $1 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention entitled "FASD Practice and Implementation Center for Pediatrics." The project is a collaborative effort with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the University of California, San Diego to develop, evaluate and distribute training materials related to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.




David S. Wargowski, MD

Professor (CHS) and
Division Chief

Mei W. Baker, MD

Associate 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


Catherine A. Reiser, MS, CGC

Associate Professor (CHS)

Gregory M. Rice, MD

Associate Professor (CHS)

Jessica A. Scott-Schwoerer, MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)

Robert D. Steiner, MD

Clinical Professor

Sandy C. Van Calcar, PhD, RD

Assistant Professor

Jon A. Wolff, MD

Clinical Professor, Volunteer Staff



Recent Publications

Grant Support

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