Szlendakova, Barbara, MS, CGC

October 22, 2014  |  Genetic Counselors

Certified Genetic Counselor


Barbara Szlendakova, MS, CGC

Barbara Szlendakova, MS, CGC

Barbara Szlendakova, MS, CGC, joined the Medical College of Wisconsin in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department in June 2005. She received her Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Minnesota in 2005. In addition, she also has Master of Science degree in Genetics from Iowa State University, which she received in 2003. She became Board Certified Genetic Counselor through the American Board of Genetic counseling in 2007.

Barbara Szlendakova sees patients with prenatal indications such as advanced maternal/paternal age, personal or family history of birth defects, genetic disorders, mental retardation, recurrent pregnancy losses, abnormal maternal screening or ultrasound as well as patients seeking preconception counseling in light of future pregnancies for any of the above mentioned indications.

Since Barbara is a health professional with specialized graduate degrees and experience in the areas of medical genetics and counseling, she works as a member of a health care team, providing information and support to families with prenatal indications or patients who desire to undergo prenatal screening or genetic testing. She provides accurate information regarding different prenatal testing options, identifies families at risk, investigate the problem present in the family, interpret information about the disorder, analyze inheritance patterns and risks of recurrence and review available options with the family.

Barbara also provides supportive counseling to families, serves as patient advocate and refer individuals and families to community or state support services. She serves as educator and resource person for other health care professionals and for the general public.

Individuals and couples who may benefit from prenatal genetic counseling include:

  • Persons or families with a history of cleft lip or palate, congenital heart defects, spina bifida, short stature or other physical birth defects
  • Persons or families with genetic disorders such as Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, PKU, hemophilia and other inherited disorders
  • Persons or families affected with mental retardation, hearing or visual impairments, learning disabilities or other conditions which could be genetic
  • Persons with a history of multiple miscarriages, stillbirths or early infant deaths involving multiple congenital anomalies
  • Women age 34 and over who are pregnant or are planning pregnancy
  • Pregnant women at high risk due to abnormal maternal blood or ultrasound screening tests
  • Pregnant women concerned about the effects of exposure to medication, drugs, chemicals, infectious agents, radiation or certain work conditions.
  • Persons in specific ethnic groups or geographic areas with a higher incidence of certain disorders, such as Tay Sachs disease, sickle cell disease, or thalassemias

Barbara enjoys spending time with her family, sports and reading. Given that she is originally from the Czech Republic, she also likes to travel and visit her relatives in Europe.

Areas of Expertise

  • Genetics and Birth Defects
  • Prenatal Genetic Counseling
  • Genetic Diagnosis and Counseling
  • Ethnic Carrier Screening
  • First Trimester Screening

Board Certification(s)

  • Genetic Counseling

Patient Ages Seen

  • Adolescent (13-18 yrs)
  • Adult (18 + )

Languages Spoken

  • Czech
  • Slovakian
  • English

Education / Training

  • Master of Science in Genetics – Iowa State University – Ames (2003)
  • Master of Science in Genetic Counseling – University of Minnesota – Minneapolis (2005)

MCW Start Date

  • 06/06/2005