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Cynthia Powell

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Cynthia Powell, M.D., M.S. is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Chief of the Division of Genetics and Metabolism in the Department of Pediatrics at UNC School of Medicine. She is also the Medical Director of the Cytogenetics Laboratory at UNC Hospitals and Director of the Medical Genetics Residency Program. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia (Virginia Commonwealth University) and completed her pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC where she also did a fellowship in Medical Genetics in a combined program with the National Institutes of Health. She is board-certified in Pediatrics, Clinical Genetics, Cytogenetics and Genetic Counseling. Her clinical and research activities include genetic causes of hearing loss, Native American myopathy, constitutional chromosome abnormalities and newborn screening for genetic disorders. She is PI in a study looking at parental attitudes of genetic services for children with early-onset hearing loss funded by the Centers for Disease Control and the Association of American Medical Colleges. She previously participated in a study at the Hastings Center looking at the disability rights critique of prenatal genetic testing. She was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Genetics and to the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Genetics and Birth Defects. 


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The Center for Genomics and Society is supported by the ELSI Research Program of the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health, Grant Number P50HG004488.