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Welcome to Genetics and Metabolism

The Department of Pediatrics Section of Genetics and Metabolism provides clinical services at Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colorado.  The Department also offers educational programs and pursues clinical and basic research on numerous conditions. 

Please explore our website for more information, and contact us if you have any questions.


We provide consultative inpatient services at Children's Hospital Colorado and affiliated hospitals and regional outreach programs in Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana.  MORE »

We offer a variety of educational programs including a two-year Fellowship/Residency Program in Genetics at Children's Hospital Colorado.  MORE »

We pursue clinical and basic research on numerous inherited conditions. Translational research efforts are bringing our new findings to clinical care through our service laboratories. MORE »


  • Dr. James Westfield-Adams passed away on April 2 after a battle with renal cancer. Dr. Westfield-Adams joined our Department in 2013 as an assistant professor of pediatrics. 
  • Dr. Shawn McCandless will become our next Section Head of Genetics​. Shawn will officially start in May 2018, but will be here periodically between now and then.

  • Drs. Marisa Friederich and Mike Swanson, and Kaz Knight, BS received Travel Awards from the Society of Inherited Metabolic Disorders​ for abstracts they submitted.

  • The Colorado Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC) aids investigators in our Section in research into intellectual disabilities and related conditions.

  • Clinical research in our Section includes studies to describe the clinical spectrum of disorders, such as skeletal dysplasias, and studies on comprehensive care, including new treatments for neurofibromatosis, lysosomal storage disorders, and phenylketonuria.