Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Virginia H. Carver, Ph.D., MPH

General Information

Virginia H. Carver, Ph.D., MPH


  • English


  • Medical Genetics - PhD


  • Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Genetic Counselor

Clinical Interests

Provision of genetic counseling throughout South Florida to pediatric and adult medical genetics patients and their families.

Research Interests

Ongoing Projects
Improved Outcome of Prediction in Galactosemic Newborns
To test the hypothesis that total body oxidation of 13C-D-galactose to 13CO2 in breath is a diagnostic and prognostic test for galactosemia. To develop precommercial packaging of a diagnostic kit; an inexpensive cycloidal, gas, dual-isotope mass spectrometer, and normal values in the newborn and very young child.
Funded by NIH
Team Members Dr.Louis J. Elsas, Dr. Virginia Carver, Dr. Deborah Barbouth, Ms. Darcy Velazquez
Collaborators Emory University, Advanced Breath Diagnostics LLC.
Recruitment Criteria Patients must be less than 12 hours old and in the normal newborn nursery and without identified high risk factors.

Parents will be asked to participate in a follow up program which includes additional testing at 30 days and periodically to six months. For inclusion in the Galactosemia Newborn Screen, patients must have an initially positive galactosemia newborn screen and be willing to participate in the follow up studies.


1989 M.P.H.
University of Miami
1972 Ph.D.
University of Nebraska
1966 B.S.
University of Texas


Virginia Carver, Ph.D., MPH, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics.  She is interested in continuing education on various aspects of genetics and teratology to graduate nurses and nurse midwifery students.

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