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.