Jewish Genetic Testing
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Albert Einstein Medical Center offers a full range of genetic services. Einstein is the only hospital in the Philadelphia area that offers prenatal, pediatric, adult and cancer genetics services in one location. In addition, Albert Einstein Medical Center was the first hospital in the area to initiate and create a Jewish Genetic Disease Screening Program. Housed in the Victor Center for Jewish Genetic Diseases, the program offers ongoing community outreach and education.
Albert Einstein Healthcare Network’s Victor Center for Jewish Genetic Diseases raises awareness of Jewish genetic diseases and provides affordable genetic counseling and screening for healthy individuals at risk of being carriers. Carrier screening is very important because one of five Ashkenazi Jews is a carrier of a mutation of one of these Jewish genetic diseases. The Victor Center educates the community to the importance of screening through Jewish community education programs and college campus outreach. Visit the Victor Center website for detailed information on the screening process, Jewish genetic diseases, and Victor Center programs in Philadelphia, Miami, and Boston.
If you are interested in getting screened at Albert Einstein Medical Center, organizing a community screening, or coordinating an educational program, contact our Outreach Coordinator at 215-456-8722.
The mission of the Victor Centers for Jewish Genetic Diseases is to ensure ongoing access to comprehensive genetic education, screening and counseling services. This is accomplished through Jewish community education programs and screening programs for healthy individuals at risk for being carriers of a gene mutation for any one of these diseases.
Lois B. Victor, a mother who lost two daughters to a Jewish genetic disease, founded the Victor Centers for Jewish Genetic Diseases. In 2002, the National Coordinating Office opened at Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia. Through the generosity of Lois Victor, other funders and Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, the Victor Center at Einstein has screened over 2,000 young adults to date. Given this success and the ultimate goal of eradicating the Jewish Genetic Diseases, the second Victor Program opened in 2005 at floating hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, and the third center opened at University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine in 2007. Expansion plans for other Victor Centers across the country are in progress.