Unique Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Clinic Opens To The Public
On June 20, 2012, UC San Diego School of Medicine in collaboration with Rady Children’s Hospital will launch the first clinic in Southern California that provides a one-stop multidisciplinary team approach to diagnosing and caring for children with prenatal alcohol exposure-related developmental problems. The new Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) clinic, located on the campus of Rady Children’s Hospital at 7920 Frost Street in San Diego, will change the face of care for children struggling with FASD in the San Diego community and beyond.
Under the direction of Kenneth Lyons Jones, MD (pictured on the right), professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine and medical director of the CTIS Pregnancy Health Information Line, families and health care providers will now have access to an internationally recognized expert team of clinicians. Jones was the first researcher to identify Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in 1973.
“Not only will access to this highly-specialized team improve health care for the individual child with FASD, but the clinic will also help increase awareness in the San Diego community of this disability, improve prevention, and lead to better treatments and interventions,” said Jones. “This is the first-of-its kind FASD clinic in Southern California and we hope it’ll inspire future clinics in other parts of the country and beyond.”
In addition to English, resources will be available in Spanish and the clinicians involved with the FASD clinic will begin seeing patients in July. The public will have access to the clinic by way of a referral from their primary care physician or by calling 858-246-0047.
The public is invited to learn more about the FASD clinic at a special event Wednesday, July 20, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 7910 Frost Street, Suite 440, San Diego.
Morgan Fawcett (pictured on the left), an accomplished flutist, who has been diagnosed with FASD, will put a face to this growing epidemic during a public address and performance at the event. Other guest speakers include Denis Viljoen, MD, a medical geneticist who has been the Head of the Department of Human Genetics, at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He is the founding Chairman of the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research (FARR) in South Africa. His work has led to education and public health initiatives in South Africa that have changed the landscape on FASD, and he has led clinical and research initiatives that are an example to other countries.