Specialists in Genetic Evaluation, Testing and Counceling
The field of genetics is concerned with genes, heredity, and variation within our DNA. At Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group, our Genetic Services specialist works with the molecular structure and function of genes, gene behavior, patterns of inheritance from parent to child, gene distribution, variation and change in populations.
Inside the body’s cells are tiny structures called chromosomes, which are made up of DNA. Along each chromosome are specific segments of DNA called genes. Our genes are the blueprints for our bodies, telling our bodies how to work. Each gene contains different information about the body’s traits and functions. Some of our genes are responsible for our physical traits, such as eye color and height. In addition, our genes play a role in our health and predisposition to disease. Our Lady of the Lake Genetic Services provides genetic evaluation, testing and counseling for patients and families with a wide variety of concerns.
Common reasons for patients and families to be evaluated by Genetic Services include personal or family history of the following:
- Hereditary conditions, such as cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy
- Metabolic disorders, such as phenylketonuria
- Hemoglobin disorders, such as sickle cell disease and thalassemia
- Tissue disorders, such as Marfan syndrome and neurofibromatosis
- Birth defects, such as cleft lip/palate and limb deformities
- Mental retardation, developmental delay, or autism
- Chromosome abnormalities, such as Down syndrome
- Multiple miscarriages
- Early-onset of specific cancers, including breast, ovarian, and colon cancers
- Adult-onset genetic conditions, such as Huntington disease
Meet Our Provider
Duane W. Superneau, MD, Board Certified in Pediatrics and in Clinical Genetics, is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He completed his internship and residency in Pediatrics at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. Dr. Superneau also completed a fellowship in Medical Genetics at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Department of Medical Genetics.
Dr. Superneau is interested in all aspects of genetic disease. He evaluates and tests individuals and families for possible genetic syndromes and disorders. He provides genetic counseling for his patients and their families to address causes, inheritance patterns, medical management, and recurrence risks for the genetic and non-genetic issues identified during the course of evaluation.
Dr. Superneau will also discuss with individuals and families any concerns they may have about their family history, including the occurrence of birth defects and concerns about hereditary predisposition to cancer. Assisting Dr. Superneau in delivery of genetic services are Jacquelyn Francis, MGC, CGC, a Certified Genetic Counselor, and Susan Hunkapillar, office supervisor and genetics assistant.
If you need a genetic services specialist, make an appointment today by calling (225) 765-8988, or request an appointment using your MyChart account. If you are a new patient, please download the new patient forms. Print, complete and bring with you on your first visit.
8415 Goodwood Boulevard, Suite 202 B
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Phone (225) 765-8988
Fax (225) 765-1173