Center for Human Genetics

The Center for Human Genetics, a unique collaboration between researchers of Case Western Reserve University and clinicians of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, is an interdisciplinary center that brings together the expertise of medical geneticists, clinical laboratory geneticists, genetic counselors and research human geneticists that serves patients with a variety of conditions.

Director: Anthony Wynshaw-Boris, MD PhD (Chair Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences)
Associate Director: Anna Mitchell, MD PhD (General Genetics Section, Medical Director)
Associate Director: Jirair Bedoyan, MD PhD (Metabolism Section)
Associate Director: Michelle Merrill, MS (Genetic Counseling Section)



  • Abidemi Adegbola, MD
  • Jirair Bedoyan, MD PhD
  • Atul Chopra, MD PhD
  • Suzanne DeBrosse, MD
  • Carlos Gallego, MD
  • Laura Konczal, MD
  • Anna Mitchell, MD PhD
  • Aditi Parikh, MD
  • Lori-Anne Schillaci, MD
  • Anthony Wynshaw-Boris, MD PhD

Genetic Counselors:

  • Sarah Aufmuth, MS
  • Lauren Bokovitz, MS
  • Sarah Grimes Hodges, MS
  • Joanna Horn, MS
  • Michelle Merrill, MS
  • Larisa Rippel, MS
  • Christine Shuss, MS

Clinical Practice Supervisor:

  • Julia Jackson

Appointments (216-844-3936 option 2):

  • Carrie Rosa
  • Dominique Richardson

Research Coordinators:

  • Audrey Lynn, PhD
  • Genya Kisin

Genetics Residency Program Director:

  • Anna Mitchell, MD PhD

Medical Biochemical Fellowship Director:

  • Jirar Bedoyan, MD PhD

Residency/Fellowship Program Coordinator:

  • Cindy Medves

Special Expertise in Diagnosis and Management of:

  • The genetic basis of cancer
  • Inborn errors of metabolism and newborn screening disorders
  • Neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders caused by genetic defects
  • Undiagnosed diseases program
  • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Marfan syndrome and connective tissue disorders
  • Disorders of pyruvate metabolism including pyruvate dehydrogenase complex deficiency
  • Mitochondrial diseases


  • Enzyme replacement therapies
  • Small molecule- and vector-based therapies
  • Newest genetic and genomic diagnostic tools

Distinguishing Features:

  • Largest team of metabolic specialists in Ohio
  • Cancer Genetics services provided in coordination with the Seidman Cancer Center and Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Cutting edge diagnostic and treatment technologies provided by leaders in the field
  • Personal attention to patient and family needs (“personalized medicine” that focuses on the person)
  • Largest clinical genetics team in Ohio with experts in all major areas of clinical genetics
  • Access to industry- and government-sponsored clinical trials for genetic and metabolic disorders