Dr Michael Gattas at Chermside rooms

Professional Genetics Advice

Personal advice for your individual circumstances

Dr Michael Gattas is one of the few Clinical Geneticists who works in private practice in Australia.  He works part time in the public health system as a senior consultant at Genetics Health Queensland.  Dr Gattas also has a consulting role with Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology http://www.snp.com.au, a large private pathology provider in Queensland, NSW, and the Northern Territory. His role is to provide advice to doctors seeking information about gene testing from Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology for their patients.

Dr Gattas trained as a Paediatrician (Children's Specialist) at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane, before completing further training in Genetics. He has a particular interest in familial cancers.  He has seen many women and men who have had BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene testing for breast cancer, Lynch syndrome with bowel and other cancers, and some of the rare cancer syndromes like Von Hippel Lindau syndrome, or Li Fraumeni syndrome.

He has a great deal of experience in testing for genetic disorders.  This includes  DNA and chromosome tests, including chromosome microarray analysis. This experience will be helpful as next generation sequencing technology is expected to soon enter clinical practice.

He has advised many patients interested in preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), and in vitro fertilisation (IVF), who have questions about passing on a serious inherited health porblem. 

Why see a Genetics Specialist?

Clinical or Medical Genetics is a sub-specialty of internal medicine. A Physician or Paediatrician has completed additional training in genetics to be recognised as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP). Some of the reasons a person is referred for specialist genetics advice include:

  • A family history of cancer
  • A family history of a chromosome abnormality
  • A child with serious congenital health problems
  • A family history of intellectual impairment
  • Abnormal results from a prenatal test
  • A family history of vision or hearing impairment
  • An abnormality in a gene found in a close family member
  • In vitro fertilisation and preimplantation genetic screening
     

A Clinical Geneticist is not a research scientist, but often does collaborate with reseach groups locally and overseas.

Friendly and experienced staff

The reception staff at Brisbane Genetics are Therese and Bree.  They can provide you with advice about your appointment, costs, parking, or any other information.  If you are unsure if an appointment will be worthwhile or necessary, please do call and speak to our informative staff.

We will do our best to provide advice on your individual circumstances.  The benefit of the consultation is often subjective. We aim to make the appointment personally beneficial to you and your family, starting from the moment your enquiry call is answered.