Center for Fetal Diagnostics and Therapy - Hutzel Hospital

Hutzel Hospital

Technological advances have allowed for the option of prenatal diagnosis for an increasing number of genetic conditions and birth defects. The services provided by the Division of Reproductive Genetics include: genetic counseling for both pregnant and non-pregnant patients; management of fetal anomalies; chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and midtrimester genetic amniocentesis; fetal ultrasound and other specialized procedures. Common examples of patients seen in this clinic include women over 35 years of age, abnormal maternal serum screen results, family history of a genetic condition, and fetal anomalies identified by ultrasound; teratogen exposure and individuals identified as carriers of certain genetic conditions.



Melissa Hicks, MS, CGC. Ms. Hicks is currently employed at the Division of Reproductive Genetics in the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy at Hutzel Hospital. She sees both pregnant and non-pregnant women and couples to help them understand how genetic conditions could play a role in expanding their family. She received her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling at Wayne State University and is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. She previously worked as a pediatric genetic counselor at Children's Hospital of Michigan, and a prenatal/cancer/adult genetic counselor at Winnipeg Health Sciences Center in Canada. Ms. Hicks enjoys her role as part of the care of pregnant women in Metro Detroit, as well as training genetic counselors, medical students, residents, and fellows through formal teaching and clinical supervision. 


Contact Information

Genetic Counseling Graduate Program
Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics
Wayne State University School of Medicine
2375 Scott Hall
540 E. Canfield Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

Administrative Office:
(313) 577-6298
Fax: (313) 577-9137