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Darrel J. Waggoner, MD

Professor of Human Genetics and Pediatrics

Medical Director, Human Genetics

Darrel J. Waggoner, MD, specializes in the treatment of metabolic and genetic disorders in children and adults. He sees patients in the Medical Genetics, Craniofacial, and Neurogenetics Clinics, and provides genetics consultation services for patients within the University of Chicago Medicine.

Dr. Waggoner's research includes genotype/phenotype studies in patients diagnosed with 9p deletion (9p-) syndrome, exploring greater understanding of the genetic basis of medical problems associated with this condition. He is involved in the family support group for 9p-. His interests also include studying the referral patterns for clinical genetic testing in specific diseases, and determining factors that can help primary care doctors learn to improve the use of these tests.

As director of the clinical and laboratory genetics training program at the University of Chicago, and the medical genetics course in the Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Waggoner is involved in curriculum development and teaching for medical students and residents.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

The University of Chicago Medicine
Comer Children’s Hospital
5721 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certification

Medical Genetics

Medical School

Washington University School of Medicine

Internship & Residency

The University of Chicago Medicine


Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis


American College of Medical Genetics
American Society of Human Genetics

Language Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 834-9110

Office Fax

(773) 834-0556

Office Postal Address

Darrel J. Waggoner, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 0077
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

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Learn More About Dr. Waggoner

Molly Lawson’s underdeveloped lower jaw impaired her ability to breath and swallow. Dr. Waggoner worked on the pediatric team that designed a treatment plan to correct the rare birth defect. Read Molly’s story.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Waggoner's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.