Gastrointestinal Genetics Clinic
The Gastrointestinal (GI) Genetics Clinic at UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin is a clinic dedicated to patients who have or suspect a hereditary link to gastrointestinal cancers.
The GI Genetics Clinic serves patients who might have a hereditary cancer risk for colon, esophageal and stomach cancers, including:
- Lynch Syndrome
- Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
- Juvenile Polyposis Syndrome
- Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome
- More information: Small Intestine Cancer (Health Facts for You)
What To Expect
- Meeting with Jennifer Weiss, MD, Gastroenterologist, Anna Zakas and Patricia Leh Murphy to review family and personal medical history, pathology reports, endoscopy reports and other information.
- Based on each patient's familial risk, testing for genetic links to GI cancers might be done.
- A summary report is shared with each patient, outlining their results and the potential risk for other family members.
- Patients without the classic signs of the few known hereditary cancer risk syndromes will received a tailored surveillance plan, including annual monitoring by staff.
- Patients with positive test results work with Dr. Weiss, Anna Zakas and Patricia Leh Murphy
and to formulate a plan for the patient and their family.
Please speak with your doctor about a referral for evaluation at the GI Genetics Clinic if you have:
- An increased history of cancer in your family
- GI-related cancer
- A large number of precancerous colon polyps
Watch: Dr. Weiss discusses the UW Health GI Genetics Clinic