About the Cardiogenetics Program

The Smidt Heart Institute Cardiogenetics Program is a comprehensive cardiovascular genetics program for patients and families with a history of genetic heart conditions. Our team of experts, led by Sumeet Chugh, MD, provides genetic counseling, personalized care and support to patients and families with hereditary heart conditions, such as familial atrial fibrillation, Marfan syndrome and arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy.

Other physicians in the program are Eugenio Cingolani, MD, director of the Familial Arrhythmia ProgramMichele A. Hamilton, MD, director of the Heart Failure Program; cardiologist Florian Rader, MD, MSCPrediman K. Shah, MD, Shappell and Webb Family Chair in Clinical Cardiology; and Robert J. Siegel, MD, director of the Noninvasive Cardiac Laboratory.

Our program also includes a full-time genetics counselor who has more than a decade of experience with genetic conditions. This counselor assists physicians and their patients in translating complex genetic science into practical, decision-making information to ensure the best patient outcomes and the highest patient satisfaction.

The services we offer include:

  • Inpatient and outpatient consultation
  • Genetic testing and counseling
  • Clinical screening and counseling
  • Seamless coordinated care with cardiologists and primary care physicians

Our program accepts referrals from outside physicians for patients with suspected conditions. In such cases, our goal is to complement the patient’s existing care with the services our program provides.

What Is a Cardiovascular Genetic Counselor?

A genetic counselor is a healthcare provider with specialized graduate degrees and expertise in medical genetics and counseling. Our cardiovascular genetic counselor:

  • Gathers extensive family history information for thorough risk assessment
  • Shares comprehensive knowledge of the benefits and limitations of genetic testing, helping families and physicians apply the most current genetic and genomic testing
  • Provides interpretation of genetic tests and the disclosure of results
  • Facilitates identification and testing of at-risk family members
  • Discusses recommended screening, preventive and management options
  • Provides psychosocial counseling surrounding issues related to inheritable cardiovascular diseases such as emotional adjustments and decisions about reproductive options and family planning

See more information about hereditary diseases of the heart and the treatments we provide.