Faculty Profile

Dr. Joy M. Samanich, M.D.

Joy M. Samanich, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics (Pediatric Genetic Medicine)

Professional Interests

Study of the etiology of hearing impairment

In the laboratory of Dr. Bernice Morrow, we are investigating genetic causes of congenital sensorineural hearing impairment in the African American and Caribbean Hispanic populations in the Bronx.  We are currently studying two of the more common genes implicated in hearing impairment, GJB2 and GJB6, and are exploring other genes that may be of more significance in this population.


Study of genomic variants in children with developmental delays, autism and/or multiple congenital anomalies

In the laboratory of Dr. Bernice Morrow, we are beginning to use microarray technology to examine the chromosomes of our patients in the Bronx with developmental disabilities and congenital disorders.


The Williams Center at Montefiore

At the Williams Center, we provide multidisciplinary care to approximately 30 children and adults with Williams syndrome.  We work closely with Developmental pediatricians, Cardiologists, Nephrologists, Primary Care providers and social workers to provide comprehensive care to individuals and their families.

Selected Publications

Samanich J, Lowes C, Burk R, Shanske S, Lu J, Shanske A, Morrow BE. 2007. Mutations in GJB2, GJB6, and mitochondrial DNA are rare in African American and Caribbean Hispanic individuals with hearing impairment. Am J Med Genet Part A 143A:830-838.

Tova C. Fischer, Joy Samanich, Bernice E. Morrow, Janie Chobot-Rodd, Alan Shanske, Sanjay R. Parikh. 2009.  Genetic evaluation of American minority pediatric cochlear implant recipients. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. Feb;73(2):195-203.

Samanich, J.  Health Care Supervision for Twin Pairs. 2009.  Am J Med Genet Part C: Seminars in Medical Genetics. May 15;151C(2):162-6.

Samanich, J, Adam HM. Cleft Palate. 2009.  Pediatr Rev. Jun;30(6):230-2.

Samanich, Joy. Screening and Testing: Genetics. Pediatr Ann. 2009 August;38(8):408-409.  Guest editor of Special Journal issue on Genetics

More Information About Dr. Joy Samanich

Division of Genetics, Department of Pediatrics

The Williams Syndrome Center

Material in this section is provided by individual faculty members who are solely responsible for its accuracy and content.

Montefiore Medical Center
3415 Bainbridge Avenue
Rosenthal Pavilion, Room 3
Bronx, NY 10467

Tel: 718.741.2323
Fax: 718.920.6506

Research Information