About Newborn Screening Program

“Newborn Screening is a public health program that screens all babies for many serious but treatable genetic disorders. All babies in California are required to get screened soon after birth.” The goal of the program is to detect disorders early so treatment can be started. In some cases, early detection will prevent or limit brain damage, disability and a avoid a lifetime of costly medical care.

The Newborn Screening program for California began in 1966 with only one disorder, phenylketonuria  (PKU). It has now expanded to 80 disorders. All babies born in California are required to get screened. Stanford University has been selected as one of the Area Service Centers (ASC) that provides follow up activities for positive Newborn screens.

To see a list of disorders detectable by Newborn Screening visit Disorders.


Stanford Area Service Center Team

  • Greg Enns, MD - Medical Director
  • Joan Luthra, RN, BSN - Project Director
  • Parnaz Abidi, RN, BSN - Coordinator
  • Sheri Toig, RN, BSN - Coordinator
  • Joann Matouk, RN - Coordinator
  • Megan Cyrus, BS - Program Specialist
  • Kasia Swietkowiak, BA - Administrative Assistant

Newborn Screening Program Area Service Center at Stanford encompasses 16 counties along the coast that extend north to the Oregon border and south to include King city.