Professor of Genetics and Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)
Founding Director, Division of Medical Genetics, Department of Pediatrics (UAMS)
Committee for the Future Endowed Chair in Medical Genetics
Chief, Section of Genetics and Metabolism, Department of Pediatrics (UAMS)
Medical Director, Mid-America Genetics Distance Education Consortium, Department of Genetic Counseling, (UAMS)
Core Discipline Director, Arkansas LEND Project
Principal Investigator, Heartlands Regional Genetics Collaborative

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
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Dr. Schaefer achieved board certification in Pediatrics, Human Genetics, and Pediatric Endocrinology. He is a founding fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics, and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a member of the American Pediatric Society.

He has authored over 250 scientific articles, book chapters, and invited reviews. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Child Neurology, and sits on the National Advisory Board for the Sotos Syndrome Support Association.

His clinical and research interests focus on the genetics of neurodevelopmental, neurosensory and neurobehavioral disorders; medical transition for Children with Special Health Care needs; Tele-genetics services; and Newborn Screening follow up and infrastructure.

Selected Bibliography:

Curry CJ, Stevenson RE, Aughton D, Byrne J, Carey JC, Cassidy S, Cunniff C, Graham JM Jr, Jones MC, Kaback MM, Moeschler J, Schaefer GB, Schwartz S, Tarleton J, Opitz J.
Evaluation of mental retardation: recommendations of a Consensus Conference: American College of Medical Genetics.
Am J Med Genet. 1997;72(4):468-77. PubMed abstract / Full Text
A consensus statement regarding a rational clinical approach to a child with intellectual disability including history, physical exam and recommended testing.

Cohn ES, Kelley PM, Fowler TW, Gorga MP, Lefkowitz DM, Kuehn HJ, Schaefer GB, Gobar LS, Hahn FJ, Harris DJ, Kimberling WJ.
Clinical studies of families with hearing loss attributable to mutations in the connexin 26 gene (GJB2/DFNB1).
Pediatrics. 1999;103(3):546-50. PubMed abstract

Needelman H, Schroeder B, Sweney M, Schmidt J, Bodensteiner JB, Schaefer GB.
Ontogeny and physiology of the cavum septum pellucidum in premature infants.
J Child Neurol. 2006;21(4):298-300. PubMed abstract

Schaefer GB, Starr L, Pickering D, Skar G, Dehaai K, Sanger WG.
Array comparative genomic hybridization findings in a cohort referred for an autism evaluation.
J Child Neurol. 2010;25(12):1498-503. PubMed abstract

Schaefer GB, Mendelsohn NJ.
Clinical genetics evaluation in identifying the etiology of autism spectrum disorders: 2013 guideline revisions.
Genet Med. 2013;15(5):399-407. PubMed abstract