Two Physicians Complete Medical Genetics Residency Program at GGC


William Burns, MD (below left)  and Catherine Ziats, MD (below right) each completed a two-year residency program in Medical Genetics and Genomics through the Greenwood Genetic Center’s Medical Genetics Training Program in June.

Dr. Burns is a graduate of Tulane University and completed his medical degree at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia. Prior to joining GGC, he completed a Pediatrics residency through Prisma Health-Midlands/University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Burns will pursue a fellowship in Medical Biochemical Genetics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Ziats is a graduate of the University of Florida and completed her medical degree at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville. Prior to joining GGC, she completed two years of training in Neurological Surgery at the University of Michigan. Dr. Ziats will join the faculty at Dell Children’s Medical Group in Austin, Texas as a Clinical Geneticist.

GGC’s residency program includes intensive education in clinical genetics with additional exposure to genetic laboratory techniques. GGC is one of only 46 sites in the US and the only program in SC offering categorical residency training in Medical Genetics and Genomics. Since GGC’s training programs began in 1989, 41 residents and laboratory fellows have completed the program and have gone on to practice as clinical geneticists or take leadership roles in genetics laboratories.

Dr. Will Burns headshot  Dr. Catherine Ziats headshot

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