Weisskopf Center

Child Medicine in Louisville

To make an appointment with the Weisskopf Center, call 502-588-0850. After hours (after 5 p.m. and on weekends), please call Kosair Children's Hospital at 502-629-6000.

The Weisskopf Center was established to help children who have special needs realize their full potential. It is a unique center that provides diagnostic evaluations and treatment to infants and children with, or at risk for, developmental disabilities, congenital anomalies, genetic disorders, autism, organic behavior disorders (ADHD) and learning disabilities, as well as genetic counseling to adults. Not only do we provide evaluation and follow up at our Louisville location, but we also provide outreach consultation across the state of Kentucky.

State-of-the-art treatment programs serve children and adolescents with developmental disabilities and/or feeding disorders. Comprehensive care of children with inborn errors of metabolism is provided through medical and dietary management and enzyme infusion.

Weisskopf staff actively participates in the training of professionals involved in the care of these individuals and is involved in clinical research in both developmental/behavioral pediatrics and genetics. It maintains national, state and local prominence through its many unique programs.

Genetic Disorder Treatment in Louisville

Clinical Genetic Services

Our genetics clinic is dedicated to providing comprehensive medical genetic consultation and services to patients and their families dealing with hereditary conditions and birth defects. Our team consists of medical geneticists, genetic counselors, metabolic nutritionists and a nurse coordinator for the newborn screening program.

Children are evaluated by genetics for a variety of reasons, including birth defects, developmental delay, failure to thrive, or a suspected genetic condition. We also provide long-term follow-up for children with known or suspected genetic conditions.

Medical genetics evaluations are provided to adults with concerns regarding various genetic conditions, including connective tissue disorders, neurological conditions, metabolic disorders, and lysosomal storage disorders.

Genetic counseling is a communication process by which personal genetic risk information is translated into practical information for families. Genetic counselors are able to assist individuals and families by helping people to understand information about birth defects or genetic disorders.  This includes explaining patterns of inheritance, recurrence risks, natural history of diseases, and genetic testing options.  They help families cope with emotional issues related to a diagnosis or testing options, and help them make decisions with which they are comfortable, based on their personal, ethical and religious standards. They also connect individuals and families with appropriate resources, such as support groups or specific types of medical clinics, locally and nationally.

All babies born in Kentucky are tested shortly after birth for at least 29 conditions.  If a result is abnormal or unclear, the recommendation may be to repeat the screen or to have other follow-up testing.  Our genetics team coordinates follow-up confirmatory testing and appropriate specialist appointments for babies with an abnormal newborn screen.

Developmental Services

The WCEC provides comprehensive evaluations that are based on referral concerns.  Families are assisted in gaining a better understanding of their child's developmental and/or academic needs.  Clinicians in the following disciplines are available to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to diagnosis:

  • Developmental/behavioral pediatrics
  • Psychology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech/language therapy
  • Social work
  • Child psychiatry

The WCEC does have specialized clinics available to address the following:

  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Fragile X
  • Tourette Syndrome

Once the special needs of the child and family are identified, specific intervention programs are recommended.  Treatment and therapy services are provided at the Center or in the community utilizing recommendations from the evaluation.

Cytogenetics Laboratory Services

The Cytogenetics Laboratory at the WCEC, which was established in the late 1960s, was the first of its kind in Kentucky.  It was created to perform chromosome analysis (cytogenetic studies) on children who had multiple congenital anomalies (birth defects), developmental delay or intellectual disabilities of undetermined etiology.  In four decades, more than 60,000 tests have been performed and new techniques have been incorporated in the laboratory in order to provide state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures on amniotic fluid, peripheral blood, leukemic blood, tissues, chorionic villi and bone marrow.  Tissues are also cultured for specialized testing to be performed at other laboratories (e.g. cystic fibrosis). The Cytogenetics Laboratory now offers the following:

  • Chromosome Analysis
  • Fluorescence in situ Hybridization (FISH) analysis
  • Chromosomal Microarray Analysis (CMA)

Physicians in this practice may not see patients at all locations listed below. For details, please call the appointment line for the location you are interested in visiting.

After hours (after 5 p.m. and on weekends), please call Kosair Children's Hospital at 502-629-6000.


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Offices and Clinics

  • Weisskopf Center
    571 S. Floyd St.
    Suite 100
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202
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  • University of Louisville Autism Center at Kosair Charities
    1405 E. Burnett Ave.
    Louisville, Kentucky 40217
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  • UofL Pediatric Specialists at Old Brownsboro Crossing
    9880 Angie's Way
    Suite 330
    Louisville, Kentucky 40241
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Hospital Affiliations

  • Kosair Children’s Hospital
  • Ireland Army Hospital
  • St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs