Dr. Jayakar is Director of Cytogenetics and Laboratory, and Section Director of Neurogenetics/Metabolism at Miami Children’s Hospital’s Division of Clinical Genetics and Metabolism. Dr Jayakar completed her medical training at the University of Delhi, India and pursued a master’s degree in human genetics at the University of Manitoba, Canada. She completed her residency training in pediatrics at Miami Children’s Hospital and a fellowship in clinical genetics, cytogenetics and biochemical genetics at the University of Miami. She is board certified in pediatrics, clinical genetics, cytogenetics and biochemical genetics.
After joining the MCH Division of Genetics and Metabolism in 1995, Dr. Jayakar expanded the clinical services and became the Director of the Cytogenetics Laboratory. She then established the Neurogenetics/Metabolic Program that offers comprehensive multidisciplinary care to children referred from all over Florida, and Central and South America. She was instrumental in launching the Ion Channel Epilepsy Program, as well as tuberous sclerosis and neural tube defects multidisciplinary clinics.
Dr. Jayakar provides comprehensive coordinated clinical and metabolic genetic inpatient and outpatient services to patients with seizures, undiagnosed intellectual disabilities, autism, suspected genetic syndromes, dysmorphism, inborn errors of metabolism, abnormal state newborn screens, chromosome abnormalities, neurocutaneous syndromes, multiple congenital anomalies, ambiguous genitalia and progressive neurodegenerative diseases.