Thursday, March 19, 2015

#Genetics clinic for #Spanish-speaking patients now open

IU Health Physicians Medical and Molecular Genetics has opened a new outpatient clinic to serve Spanish-speaking families. The clinic is coordinated by Wilfredo Torres-Martinez, M.D., IU School of Medicine associate professor of clinical medical and molecular genetics and of clinical obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Torres-Martinez has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of birth defects, inherited and non-inherited genetic conditions and hereditary cancer.

"Bilingual proficiency enhances our ability to best serve our local Spanish-speaking patients without the need to communicate through an interpreter," Dr. Torres-Martinez said. "This makes the experience for those families less stressful and helps facilitate better understanding for patients seeking information and advice."

Clinic appointments will be scheduled the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 10 a.m. to noon in the IUSM Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics office, located in the Medical Library Building, 975 W. Walnut St., Suite 130, Indianapolis. Referrals include, but are not limited to, patients with isolated or complex congenital anomalies; patients newly diagnosed with specific chromosome anomalies, growth and developmental delays; and adults with an increased risk for breast, ovarian and colorectal cancers, and selected hereditary forms of cancer.

For more information or to refer a patient, call 317-944-3966.

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