About Us

U-M Genetic Medicine Division Faculty

The Division of Genetic Medicine is part of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan and actively participates in clinical, educational, and research activities. Our division is comprised of over 16 primary and secondary faculty, and includes members with co-appointments in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, U-M Life Sciences Institute, U-M School of Public Health, as well as in the U-M Department of Human Genetics, Department of Pathology, and Department of Pediatrics.

Our Clinical Activities

Michigan Medicine has multiple genetic clinics and programs, one of which is our Medical Genetics Clinic, which was established in 1941 and is the oldest genetics clinic in the country. Our clinic specializes in diagnosing genetic conditions, providing care, assessing risks and implications for you and your family members, determining testing options and coordinating genetic testing, identifying supportive resources, and providing genetic counseling. Learn more.

Our Research Activities

The faculty in the Division of Genetic Medicine are strongly committed to understanding how genes work, identifying their roles in diseases and disorders, and to continually advance knowledge in the field of genetics. Learn more.

Our Educational Activities

Our faculty and staff are significantly involved in educating and training the next generation of students interested in a career in genetics, which include students in the Medical Genetics Residency Program (based in the Department of Pediatrics), the Department of Human Genetics Graduate ProgramsGenetic Counseling Program, and Genetics Training Program, and the School of Public Health Certificate Program in Public Health Genetics. Learn more.

Leadership

Chief, Goutham Narla, MD, PhD

U-M Genetic Medicine Division, Dr. Goutham Narla
Goutham Narla, MD, PhD, Chief, Division of Genetic Medicine

Goutham Narla, MD, PhD earned his BS in Biology and Economics from Santa Clara University in California and his MD and PhD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He also completed his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Medical Genetics at Mount Sinai. After finishing his fellowship, he moved to Ohio in 2012 to work at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), where he later become an Associate Professor with tenure. In July 2018, he joined the faculty at Michigan Medicine to become the seventh Chief of the Division of Genetic Medicine since the division’s inception in 1977.

Dr. Narla has held several leadership positions, particularly focusing on education and training, both at Mount Sinai and CWRU. At Mount Sinai, he served as the Director of the Physician-Scientist Training Residency Program, Assistant Program Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) and was a member of the Medical School Admissions Committee. At CWRU, Dr. Narla sat on the MSTP Steering Committee and the Pharmacology Steering Committee. In 2012, he was named the first Harrington Distinguished Scholar (Early Career Award). He is currently the President of The Young Scientist Foundation, and a member of the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

While in medical school, Dr. Narla trained in Dr. Scott Friedman’s laboratory at Mount Sinai, where he first discovered the KLF6 gene and its ability to suppress cancerous tumors. His current research focuses on the identification and characterization of the key negative regulators, tumor suppressor proteins of cancer development and progression, and the development of small molecule-based therapies that activate tumor suppressor genes for the treatment of cancer. To date, Dr. Narla has authored 11 patents. He has over 65 publications in journals including Nature Genetics, Science, Science Translational Medicine, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Dr. Narla's clinical interest is focused on the care of high-risk cancer patients and their family members.

Faculty Leadership

U-M Genetic Medicine Division, Dr. Jeffrey Innis
Jeffrey W. Innis, MD, PhD

Jeffrey W. Innis, MD, PhD
Morton S. and Henrietta K. Sellner Professor of Human Genetics
Professor, Department of Human Genetics
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases
Service Chief, Adult Medical Gentetics Clinic
 

  
U-M Genetic Medicine Division, Dr. Elena Stoffel
Elena M. Stoffel, MD, MPH

Elena M. Stoffel, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Lead, Clinical Cancer Genetics

 

Division Administration

 
U-M Hematology & Oncology Division, Dorothy Schroeder
Dorothy Schroeder, MSA

Dorothy Schroeder, MSA
Division Administrator
Phone: (734) 764-9516
dschroe@med.umich.edu

 
 
 
 
 
 

Contact Us

Academic Office (Division Chief)

Linda J. Howell
Administrative Specialist Associate
Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Genetic Medicine
3216 Cancer Center, SPC 5932
Ann Arbor, MI 48105-5932
Phone: 734-763-5798 (non-patient related calls only)
Ljhowell@med.umich.edu(link sends e-mail)

Patient Inquiries

Referring Physician Inquiries