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Department of Genetic Counseling

Specialized medical services

We provide medical care services mainly at the genetic counseling clinic to give advice to clients with a wide variety of genetic diseases from congenital disorders due to chromosomal or genetic changes to multifactorial disorders such as life-style related diseases. A team of interdisciplinary medical staff, including medical geneticists, clinical psychologists, and certified genetic counselors, provides basic counseling services and gives psychological and social advice to address genetic medicine-related problems. We hold a case conference every month to discuss the genetic counseling approach and the latest problems with genetic diseases. We also give seminars to promote familiarization with medical genetics and training courses for medical geneticists.

Director MOCHIZUKI Hideki
Deputy Director SAKAI Norio and TAKAHASHI Masanori
Certified Genetic Cunselor SATO Yuki, NISHIO Hitomi and YONEI ayumi(Certification expected)
Clinical Psychologist YOSHIZU Kikuko

Features

Genetic counseling is conducted in the presence of a medical geneticist, a clinical psychologist, and a certified genetic counselor using prepared explanation materials in a separate interview room. Specialized doctors from 26 specialty sections work together with our staff, establishing a solid medical-service system that can address a wide variety of genetic diseases. We recognize which genetic examinations and biochemical examinations can be handled by which specialty sections, allowing various genetic diseases that need genetic counseling to be diagnosed in our hospital.

Considerations in referring your clients to the Department of Genetic Counseling

Please ask clients (or their attendants) referred by you (any doctor of our affiliated medical facilities) to directly make a phone call for an appointment to the contact described below. They should bring your referral letter describing the genetic medicine information that is already available. Note that in some cases, counseling services may be provided to clients with no referral letter.

Attending physicians for outclients

General genetic counseling

We provide genetic counseling for a variety of genetic disorders, including congenital metabolic disorders, neuromuscular disorders, hereditary tumors, hearing loss and familial Parkinson’s disease. In the flow of treatment, pre-counseling is first performed by a certified genetic counselor, asking for the purpose and hope of the consultation, and then genetic counseling is conducted with the addition of clinical genetic specialists. Depending on the content of the consultation and the need, other experts such as clinical psychologists or social workers may also participate with prior approval. Finally, at post-counseling we seek the client’s thoughts after genetic counseling, and schedule another appointment if necessary.

Prenatal genetic counseling

Genetic counseling on prenatal testing such as amniotic fluid tests and non-invasive prenatal genetic tests (NIPT) is conducted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. In any case, examination at Obstetrics & Gynecology is required prior to counseling.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

[Familial Parkinson’s disease]
MOCHIZUKI Hideki

[Obstetrics: Prenatal testing]
HASHIMOTO Kae
SHIMAZU Yukiko
KAJIMOTO Etsuko

[Hereditary neuromuscular diseases]
NAKAMORI Masayuki

[Hereditary hearing loss]
OTA Yumi

[Obstetrics: Prenatal testing]
ENDO Masayuki
HASHIMOTO Kae

[Hereditary neuromuscular diseases]
TAKAHASHI Masanori

[Familial cancer]
HASHIMOTO Kae

[Prenatal testing]
MIMURA Kazuya(Obstetrics and Gynecology)
KAKIGANO Aiko(Obstetrics and Gynecology)
KAJIMOTO Etsuko
SAKAI Norio(Pediatrics)
ARAHORI Hitomi(Pediatrics)

[General hereditary diseases]
SAKAI Norio
YAMAMOTO Kenichi

[Hereditary neuromuscular diseases]
YANO Hidetaka

[General hereditary diseases]
SAKAI Norio
YAMAMOTO Kenichi

[Familial cancer]
HASHIMOTO Kae

In addition to the doctor, a clinical psychologist (YOSHIZU Kikuko) and certified genetic counselor (SATO Yuki/NISHIO Hitomi) are also present.

Fee for genetic counseling (not covered by insurance)

Genetic Counseling (by appointment only)

New clients 9,720 yen (including tax) up to one hour (an additional fee of 3,780 yen (including tax) every 30 minutes thereafter)
Revisitors 5,400 yen (including tax) up to one hour (an additional fee of 2,700 yen (including tax) every 30 minutes thereafter)
  • * The fee may be partially covered by insurance. Note that the fees for examinations by doctors in other clinical sections and clincal tests are charged separately.
  • * In some cases, revisiting clients need to pay the first visit fee if they discontinued visiting or depending on the nature of counseling.

Genetic support (We will respond as soon as your message is received.)

Genetic Support 3,240 yen (including tax) up to 30 minutes

“Genetic support” has been newly established in order to respond broadly to various consultations on genetics. For those may wish to consult about genetics but do not know exactly what genetic counseling is, this support has been set up as a step toward genetic counseling. Anyone who thinks that they might like to talk to a genetic counselor or clinical psychologist about genetics or genetic counseling can feel free to use this service. For details including appointments, please contact the Department of Genetic Counseling.

Facility name: Department of Genetic Counseling

Call for an appointment: 06-6879-6558 (10:00 am to 1:00 pm, Monday to Friday)

Department of Genetic Counseling, Outpatient Clinic Building L Floor
Department of Genetic Counseling, Outpatient Clinic Building L Floor

Counseling Rooms 1 & 2, Oncology Center Building 4th Floor Counseling Rooms 1 & 2, Oncology Center Building 4th Floor
Counseling Rooms 1 & 2, Oncology Center Building 4th Floor

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Guide for Visitors
Outpatient consultation days
Monday to Friday
Non-consultation days
Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays
New Year’s Holidays:
Dec. 29 to Jan. 3
Consultation times
First visit: 8:30 am to 11:00 am

First-time visitors to Osaka University Hospital must have a referral from a physician.

Revisit: 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Revisit with appointment: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

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