June 20, 2013 -- Valley Medical Group welcomes Nelly Oundjian, M.D., a clinical geneticist with specialization in cancer genetics, pediatrics, and prenatal genetics. Dr. Oundjian is board-certified in pediatrics and clinical genetics and is an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Valley Medical Group (VMG) comprises physicians practicing in a wide variety of specialties at several Valley Health System locations, including The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, the Robert and Audrey Luckow Pavilion and Blumenthal Cancer Center in Paramus, other outpatient facilities, seven primary and urgent care centers, and medical practices throughout the community.
Dr. Oundjian received her medical degree with honors from Aleppo University School of Medicine in Syria. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Harlem Hospital in New York City and her post-doctoral fellowship in clinical genetics at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City.
Dr. Oundjian offers cancer genetic counseling and predictive genetic testing to individuals who have a personal and/or family history of cancers, including breast, ovarian, pancreatic, uterine, and colon cancers. Her genetics evaluation includes a review of personal medical history, detailed family cancer histories, and a physical exam, if needed. The chance that a risk for cancer might be passed along through the genes in the family will be estimated. Appropriate counseling and cancer gene testing, such as BARCA testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, will be provided.
“Once we have the patient’s test results, we interpret them and provide the individual with a personal lifetime risk of cancer,” says Dr. Oundjian. “This information will help in recommending cancer screening and prevention strategies.”
Dr. Oundjian also provides genetic evaluations for children with developmental delay, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, seizures, and birth defects. She has special interest in neurogenetics and connective tissue disorders. She also counsels pregnant women of the Valley Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine with potential genetic problems in their unborn babies.
Dr. Oundjian also offers genetic evaluation and testing for inherited heart diseases. “Most inherited heart conditions can affect people at any age. Genetic testing is used to help determine which family members could develop the heart problems that are running in the family and which family members will not develop the heart problems,” she says.
Dr. Oundjian is seeing patients in VMG’s Ramsey office, located at 470 North Franklin Tpke. For more information about Valley’s clinical genetics services or to make an appointment with Dr. Oundjian, call 201-327-8765 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Valley Medical Group comprises nearly 200 physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners representing 34 specialties, and continues to grow and expand with the addition of new practices.
The Valley Hospital is one of only three hospitals in New Jersey to be awarded Top Hospital status from The Leapfrog Group for patient safety. The hospital recently received its 10th J.D. Power and Associates award. Other distinctions include: six Gold Seals of Approval for cancer care from The Joint Commission, one of America’s top 100 hospitals and five-star ratings for 16 clinical areas by Healthgrades, and a three-year Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.