Section Members


Hans C. Andersson, MD

The Hayward Genetics Center, established in 1978, has been fully functional after Katrina since January 2006. The Center is the only comprehensive genetics center in the Gulf South region offering clinical diagnosis and care for prenatal, pediatric and adult genetic conditions. The Hayward Genetics Labs offer the only full-service biochemical, cytogenetic and molecular labs in Louisiana. The Center is the primary referral center for patients with abnormal metabolic newborn screening tests and patients are seen at Tulane and lakeside as well as over 50 outreach clinics per year in Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Hammond and Alexandria. The educational mission of the Center includes clinical rotations and lectures for pediatric residents, full degree programs for Masters and Ph.D in Human Genetics, complete courses for medical students at Tulane and outreach lectures in genetics at University of South Alabama. The Hayward Genetics Training Program is the only ACGME-accredited genetics training program in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas and offers training for American Board of Medical Genetics board certification in Clinical Genetics, Clinical Biochemical Genetics, Clinical Cytogenetics, and Clinical Molecular Genetics. The Center has active research programs funded by the NIH, HRSA and other agencies to address basic science genetic issues (mechanisms of DNA methylation and diseases related to abnormal DNA methylation, origin of cancer producing chromosomal abnormalities) and clinical genetic questions (efficacy of enzyme replacement therapies in lysosomal storage disorders, telemedicine applications in genetic clinics, cofactor therapy in phenylketonuria).

Hans Andersson, MD
Dr. Andersson is the Director of the Hayward Genetics Center and the Karen Gore Professor of Human Genetics.  After finishing his residency at Tulane, he completed a fellowship at the NIH and went on to a Humboldt Research Fellowship in Gottingen, Germany.  He is board-certified in Pediatrics, Clinical Genetics and Clinical Biochemical/ Molecular Genetics.  Dr. Andersson's research focuses on lysosomal storage, inborn errors and medical genetic test reporting.

Chris Dvorak, MS, CGC
Chris is an Instructor of Pediatrics and has been a member of the Hayward Genetics Center since 2002, delivering Pediatric, Adult, and Cancer Genetic Counseling services in clinics throughout Louisiana. He is involved in a number of patient related research/registry projects, particularly in the area of Lysosomal Storage Disease. Chris graduated from the Northwestern University Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling in 2001, and became Board Certified in Genetic Counseling in 2002. He is currently the Louisiana State Representative of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.


Department of Pediatrics, 1430 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-988-5456