Three Complete Greenwood Genetic Center’s Medical Genetics Training Program

Greenwood, SC – Kameryn Butler, PhD, William Burns, MD, and Catherine Ziats, MD have completed postgraduate training through the Greenwood Genetic Center’s (GGC’s) Medical Genetics Training Program.

Butler has completed a three-year Laboratory Genetics and Genomics fellowship. Prior to joining GGC in 2018, she received an undergraduate degree in Genetics at Clemson University and earned a PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology from Emory University. Dr. Butler has accepted a faculty position at GGC as Assistant Director of the Center’s Cytogenetics Laboratory.

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.

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 training programs includes intensive education in clinical genetics and genetic laboratory techniques. 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.

About Greenwood Genetic Center
The Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC), founded in 1974, is a nonprofit organization advancing the field of medical genetics and caring for families impacted by genetic disease and birth defects. At its home campus in Greenwood, South Carolina, a talented team of physicians and scientists provides clinical genetic services, diagnostic laboratory testing, educational programs and resources, and research in the field of medical genetics. GGC’s faculty and staff are committed to the goal of developing preventive and curative therapies for the individuals and families they serve. GGC extends its reach as a resource to all residents of South Carolina with satellite offices in Charleston, Columbia, Florence and Greenville. For more information about GGC please visit

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