Midwest Clinical Genetics Conference

The University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics is thrilled to host the 2014 Upper Midwest Clinical Genetics Conference. We will continue to build on our professional understanding of the current research related to the diagnosis and management of genetic diseases. We are looking forward to this opportunity to network and share clinical research with our colleagues.


Marc S. Williams, MD

Marc S. Williams, MD

Marc S. Williams, MD, FAAP, FACMG, is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison having graduated with a BS in Chemistry in 1977, and an MD in 1981.  He did a pediatric residency at the University of Utah from 1981-1984.  After two years of solo practice in Hillsdale, Michigan, he joined the Riverside (California) Medical Clinic as a general pediatrician and practiced there until 1991.  From 1991, Dr. Williams was at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, WI.  Hired as a general pediatrician, he eventually pursued fellowship training in Clinical Genetics, and was board certified in this specialty in 1996 and recertified in 2006. In 1999, he gave up general pediatric practice and became the associate medical director of the Gundersen Lutheran Health Plan while maintaining his genetic practice. It was by combining these two areas of expertise that Dr. Williams developed an interest in the role of genetics in health care delivery. 

From January of 2005 to December 2011, Dr. Williams was the director of the Intermountain Healthcare Clinical Genetics Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah. Since January 2012, he has been the director of the Genomic Medicine Institute of the Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania. Dr. Williams is the co-PI of the Geisinger Electronic Medical Records in Genomics (eMERGE) project, is PI on the PCORI-funded Patient Facing Genomic Test Report research project. Dr. Williams is the medical director of the whole genome sequencing clinical research project.

Among his many appointments and accomplishments, Dr. Williams is past chair of the Committee on the Economics of Genetic Services and the Ad Hoc Committee on the Value of a Genetic Diagnosis of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG), as well as chair of the subcommittee on Health Care Systems of the Section on Genetics and Birth Defects of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He founded the ACMG Quality Improvement Special Interest Group.

Dr. Williams is the Editor-in-Chief of the Manual on Reimbursement for Medical Genetic Services. He is a member of the Clinical Pharmacogenetic Implementation Consortium and has participated in guideline creation and review for that group. He has authored nearly one hundred articles in the peer-review medical literature and is a frequent presenter at national and international meetings.

Marsha R. Mailick, PhD

Marsha R. Mailick, PhD

Marsha R. Mailick, PhD, is the Director of the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her PhD in social policy from Brandeis University and became an associate professor at Boston University before joining UW-Madison. She is the principal investigator of the Waisman Center's Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Core Grant, awarded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

The focus of Dr. Mailick’s research is on the life course trajectory of developmental disabilities. She is interested in how the behavioral phenotype of specific developmental disabilities, including autism, fragile X syndrome, and Down syndrome, changes during adolescence, adulthood, and old age. In addition, she studies how the family environment affects the development of individuals with disabilities during these stages of life, and reciprocally how parents and siblings of individuals with disabilities are affected.

Her current research includes three projects: a 14-year longitudinal study of autism during adolescence and adulthood, research on a demographically-representative sample of parents of individuals with developmental disabilities, and a study of family adaptation to fragile X syndrome (FXS).

She recently completed an epidemiological study of the premutation of FXS and a 20-year follow up of a cohort of older adults with Down syndrome, examining how the family environment predicts outcomes in midlife and old age. Together, these studies offer specific insights about developmental disabilities across the life course, and the impacts on families.

Elizabeth M. Petty, MD

Elizabeth M. Petty, MD

Elizabeth Petty, MD, is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Petty received her bachelor's degree in biology and art history from Clarke College and her MD from the UW Medical School (now School of Medicine and Public Health).

Following an internship and residency in pediatrics at Wisconsin, she completed postdoctoral fellowships at the Yale School of Medicine in medical genetics and clinical molecular genetics, as well as postdoctoral research training in the department of genetics.

She was recruited to the University of Michigan in 1994, where she was professor of internal medicine and human genetics. Petty is recognized for her achievements as a physician-scientist, clinician and educator.

Petty has received numerous local and national awards and recognitions, including membership in Alpha Omega Alpha, the Gender Equity Award in Medical Student Teaching from the American Medical Women's Association, and selection as one of "America's Top Pediatricians" by the Consumers' Research Council of America.

Her research interests lie in genetic mapping and syndrome identification and the development of research skills and professionalism among medical students.

General Information


Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
One John Nolen Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53703

Parking and Directions to the Conference Site

Housing Information

Room blocks have been reserved for the night of September 18, 2014, at the facilities listed below. Please call the facility of your choice directly. Mention Midwest Genetics when making your reservation. Be sure to confirm its cancellation policy when you make your reservation in order to avoid a cancellation charge should your plans change.

Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
9 East Wilson Street, Madison
(608) 255-5100

The conference rate is $189 Single

Sheraton Madison Hotel
706 John Nolen Drive, Madison
(608) 251-2300

The conference rate is $139 Single

NOTE: All costs are the responsibility of the guest. Be sure to note the cancellation policies should you no longer need the room. Reservations made after August 18, 2014, will not be guaranteed at the conference rate.


$65 - MD
$35 - Genetic Counselor (CEU's required)
$15 - Genetic Counselor (CEU's not required)

The conference fee covers the cost of tuition, materials, electronic course materials, early morning refreshments, one lunch and refreshment break, and a nonrefundable registration fee of $35 for physicians. Physicians who cancel more than 72 hours prior to the conference will allow a full refund except for the $35 registration fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after the deadline. Genetic counselors will not receive a refund at any time.

Four Easy Ways to Register

  • Online
  • By mail: Return your completed registration form and payment to CME Specialist, Pyle Center Registration, 702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI 53706
  • By phone: (608) 262-1397. Please call and give your billing information or pay by MasterCard, VISA or American Express.
  • By fax: 1-800-741-7416 (In Madison, fax 265-3163.)


All registrations are confirmed via email. If you do not receive a confirmation, please call (608) 262-1397.

Overall Conference Objective

Provide access to current research related to the diagnosis and management of genetic diseases through networking and sharing of clinical research.

Educational Objectives

  • Describe the clinical challenges of diagnosing and managing genetic conditions.
  • Discuss challenges and concepts of current methods of genetic testing.
  • Give examples of current genetic counseling challenges.

Target Audience

This activity was designed to meet the needs of primary care providers, geneticists, and genetic counselors.

Statement of Need

Genetic conditions are typically rare within a clinical practice so providers often lack knowledge of current best practice related to the diagnosis and management of genetic disease.


David Wargowski, MD

David Wargowski, MD
Course Director

Genetics & Metabolism
Department of Pediatrics

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Wisconsin Medical Society and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Pediatrics. The Wisconsin Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The Wisconsin Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Education Units

University of Wisconsin–Madison, as a member of the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA), authorizes this program for .725 continuing education units (CEUs) or 7.25 hours.

Policy on Faculty and Sponsor Disclosure

It is the policy of the Wisconsin Medical Society that the faculty, authors, planners and other persons who may influence content of this CME activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests in order to allow CME staff to identify and resolve any potential conflicts of interest. Faculty must also disclose any planned discussion of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentation(s). Detailed disclosures will be made in the activity handout materials.

For Further Information

For conference information, please contact the cme [at] pediatrics.wisc.edu (CME Specialist)
E5/417 Clinical Sciences Center, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53792
Phone: (608) 263-8542.

The University of Wisconsin provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title IX requirements.

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health fully complies with the legal requirements of the ADA and the rules and regulations thereof. Any participant in this educational activity who may need accommodations should notify Barbara Anderson at (608) 263-8542.