The WVU Genetics and Counseling Center provides genetic services to the people of West Virginia and surrounding areas and acts as a resource agency for health professionals.

Who can benefit from our services?

  • Families of children with birth defects
  • People with questions about genetic or inherited diseases
  • Couples with fertility problems, such as repeat miscarriages
  • Individuals concerned about a family history of intellectual disability
  • People seeking information about a genetic condition
  • Individuals with suspected or confirmed inborn errors of metabolism

Clinic Locations

  • Morgantown – WVU Physician Office Center
  • Charleston – Women and Children’s Hospital
  • Huntington – Marshall University Children’s Medical Center
  • Parkersburg – St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • Wheeling – Wheeling Clinic
  • Martinsburg – Shenandoah Community Health Center
  • Beckley – Beckley Health Right

Marybeth Hummel, MD, Director



Some of the services the WVU Genetics and Counseling Center provides include:

  • Evaluating, diagnosing, and treating birth defects and inherited conditions
  • Diagnosing, treating, and managing metabolic diseases, such as phenylketonuria (PKU), galactosemia, and others
  • Genetic counseling for families with a diagnosed genetic disease
  • Cancer genetics counseling and testing for familial cancer
  • Assessing the cause, pattern, and recurrence risk for disease conditions
  • Prenatal diagnosis of birth defects, chromosomal abnormalities, and genetic diseases early in pregnancy
  • Educating individuals and families about genetic conditions
  • Laboratory analyses to establish or confirm genetic diagnoses
  • Comprehensive follow-up with referrals to community agencies
  • Community education programs regarding genetics

Prenatal services are coordinated with Maternal-Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Morgantown area referrals for counseling regarding a personal and/or family history of breast cancer are coordinated through the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.


All insurances, Medicaid, and Medicare are accepted. If you have any payment concerns or questions, contact the Center.

The WVU Genetics and Counseling Center is supported by:

  • West Virginia University School of Medicine
  • West Virginia Bureau of Public Health
  • Office of Maternal and Child Health
  • Private Contributions