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Department of Pediatrics

Beth A. Pletcher, M.D.


Doctor's Office Center (DOC)
90 Bergen Street Room 5400
Newark, NJ 07101
Hours: M-F 9-5
Phone: (973) 972-3300
Fax: (973) 972-0795

Clinical Info

Medical Expertise

Clinical Genetics and Pediatrics. Special interest in neurofibromatosis, autism spectrum disorders and new molecular technologies for diagnosis of genetic disorders.


Hospital Affiliation

University Hospital, Newark
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center


Insurance Participation

Insurance Participation: with Provider Number ( where applicable ) The information below is subject to change and should not be relied upon until after it is verified with the insurance company. In addition, psychiatric providers should be contacted directly for information on their participation with managed care and insurance companies.

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Dr. Beth A. Pletcher is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry-New Jersey Medical School. She received her BS degree from Stanford University in 1978 and her MD from Rush Medical College in 1982. Dr. Pletcher completed three years of residency training in Pediatrics at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles in 1985, followed by fellowship training in Human Genetics and Pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine in 1987. She served on the Board of Directors of the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) and as Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Pediatric Workforce (COPW). Dr. Pletcher also serves on the University Hospital Bioethics Committee. She is the Co-Director of The Neurofibromatosis Center of New Jersey and past Medical Director of The Autism Center, both in Newark. She is board certified in both medical genetics and pediatrics and has been a member of the faculty at New Jersey Medical School since 1993.



M.D., 1982, Rush Medical College


Licensure & Certification

Medical Licensure
New Jersey


Curriculum Vitae

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Relevant Publications:

Pletcher BA and Turcios NL: “Pulmonary complications of manifestations of genetic disorders”, Paediatric Respiratory Reviews 13:2-9, 2012. Sran SD, Mautone AS, Kolomeyer AM, Cracchiolo BM, Heller DS and Pletcher BA: “Diffuse peritoneal chlamydial infection presenting as possible ovarian peritoneal carcinomatosis in an adolescent female”, Journal of Adolescent Health 50(5):531-533, 2012. Levy B, Tegay D, Papenhausen P, Tepperberg J, Nahum O, Tsuchida T, Pletcher BA, Ala-Kokko L, Baker S, Frederick B, Hirschhorn K, Warbuton P and Shanske A: “Tetrasomy 15q26: A distinct syndrome or Shprintzen-Goldberg syndrome phenocopy?” Genet Med 14(9):811-818, 2012. Frintner MP, Mulvey HJ, Pletcher BA and Olson LM: “Pediatric Resident Debt and Career Intentions” (In Press Pediatrics July 2012)
Pletcher BA, Toriello HV, Noblin SJ, Seaver LH, Driscoll DA, Bennett RL and Gross SJ: “ACMG Practice Guideline – Indications for genetic referral: a guide for health care providers”, Genet Med 9(6):385-389, 2007. Pletcher BA, Gross SJ, Monaghan KG, Driscoll DA and Watson MS: “The future is now: carrier screening for all populations”, Genet Med 10(1):33-36, 2008. Gross SJ, Pletcher BA and Monaghan KG: “ACMG Practice Guideline – Carrier screening for individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish descent”, Genet Med 10(1):54-56, 2008. Liu K, DeAngelo P, Mahmet K, Phytides P, Osbourne L and Pletcher BA: “Cytogenetics of neurofibromas: Two case reports and literature review”, Cancer Genetics and Cytogenetics 196(1):93-95, 2010. Pletcher BA, Rimsza ME, Cull WL, Shipman SA, Shugerman RP and O’Connor KG: “Primary care pediatricians’ satisfaction with subspecialty care, perceived supply and barriers to care” J Pediatr 156:1011-5, 2010.
Astbury C, Christ L, Aughton D, Cassidy S, Fujimoto A, Pletcher BA, Schafer I and Schwartz S: “Delineation of complex chromosomal rearrangements: Evidence for increased complexity”, Human Genetics 114(5):448-457, 2004. Wallerstein R, Twersky S, Layman P, Kernaghan L, Aviv H, Pedro HF and Pletcher B: “Long term follow-up of developmental delay in a child with prenatally-diagnosed trisomy 20 mosaicism”, American Journal of Medical Genetics 137A : 94-97, 2005. Sherman S, Pletcher BA and Driscoll DA: “ACMG Practice Guideline - Fragile X syndrome: Diagnostic and carrier testing”, Genet Med 7(8): 584-587, 2005. Umeukeje J, Pletcher BA, Blacksin M, Sharer LR, Wenger P and Singer-Granick C: “Muscle infarction in a 13 year old female with type 1 diabetes of short duration”, Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism 19(8):1039-1043, 2006. Pletcher BA and Bocian M: “ACMG Practice Guideline - Preconception and prenatal testing of biologic fathers for carrier status”, Genet Med 8(2): 134-135, 2006. Jyonouchi H, Lien KW, Aguila H, Spinnato GG, Sabharwal S and Pletcher BA: “SAPHO osteomyelitis and sarcoid dermatitis in a patient with DiGeorge syndrome”, European Journal of Pediatrics 165:370-373, 2006.
Rosenblatt DS, Aspler AL, Shevell MI, Pletcher BA, Fenton WA and Seashore MR: "Clinical heterogeneity and prognosis in combined methylmalonic aciduria and homocystinuria (cblC)", Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease 20:528-538, 1997. Blacksin MF, Pletcher BA and David M: “Osteogenesis imperfecta with joint contractures: Bruck syndrome”, Pediatric Radiology 28:117-119, 1998. Goodman BK, Shaffer LG, Rutberg J, Leppert M, Harum K, Gagos S, Ray JH, Bailer MG, Zhon X, Pletcher BA, Shapira SK and Geraghty MT: “Inherited duplication Xq27-qter at Xp22.3 in severely affected males: Molecular cytogenetic evaluation and clinical description in 3 unrelated families”, American Journal of Medical Genetics 80:377-389, 1998. Williams MS, Williams JL, Wargowski DS, Pauli RM and Pletcher BA: “Filippi syndrome: Report of three additional cases”, American Journal of Medical Genetics 87:128-133, 1999. Dorschner MO, Sybert VP, Weaver M, Pletcher BA and Stephens K: “NF1 microdeletion breakpoints are clustered at flanking repetitive sequences”, Human Molecular Genetics 9:35-46, 2000. Pletcher BA, Jewett EAB, Cull WL, Brotherton SE, Hoyme HE, Pan RJD and Mulvey HJ: “The practice of clinical genetics: A survey of practitioners”, Genet Med 4(3): 142-149, 2002.
Pletcher BA, Friedes JS, Breg WR and Touloukian RJ: "Familial esophageal atresia: Report of two kindreds", American Journal of Medical Genetics 39:380-384, 1991. Konig P, Boxer R, Morrison J and Pletcher BA: "Bronchial hyperactivity in children with Marfan syndrome", Pediatric Pulmonology 11:29-36, 1991. Pletcher BA, Williams MK, Mulivor RA, Barth D, Linder C and Rawlinson K: "Intrauterine cytomegalovirus infection presenting as fetal meconium peritonitis", Obstetrics and Gynecology 78:903-905, 1991. Greenberg BM, Becker JM and Pletcher BA: "Congenital bifid sternum: Repair in early infancy and literature review", Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 88:886-889, 1991. Petrikovsky B, Kenigsberg K and Pletcher B: "Meconium peritonitis mimicking urinary ascites", The Fetus 3(6):9-12, 1993. Rubin SE, Nelson LB and Pletcher BA: "Anterior polar cataract in two sisters with an unbalanced 3;18 chromosomal translocation", American Journal of Ophthalmology 117:512-515, 1994. Pletcher BA, Sanz MM, Schlessel JS, Kunaporn S, McKenna C, Bialer MG, Alonso ML, Zaslav A-L, Brown WT and Ray JH: "Postnatal confirmation of prenatally diagnosed trisomy 16 mosaicism in two phenotypically abnormal liveborns", Prenatal Diagnosis 14:933-940, 1994. Knoll JHM, Asamoah A, Pletcher BA and Wagstaff J: "Interstitial duplication of proximal 22q: Phenotypic overlap with cat eye syndrome", American Journal of Medical Genetics 55:221-224, 1995.
Pletcher BA: “Neurofibromatosis” Pediatrics: An Online Medical Reference. 1st Edition. St. Petersburg. Emedicine Online Textbooks. Eds. Steven Altschuler et al. 2000., Inc. (Chapter revised October 2009) Pletcher BA: “Proteus syndrome” Pediatrics: An Online Medical Reference. 1st Edition. St.Petersburg. Emedicine Online Textbooks. Eds. Steven Altschuler et al. 2001., Inc. (Chapter revised October 2009) Pletcher BA: “Neurofibromatosis, Type 1” Neurology: An Online Medical Reference. 1st Edition. St. Petersburg. Emedicine Online Textbooks. Eds. Nicholas Lorenzo et al. 2001., Inc. (Chapter revised October 2009) Pletcher BA: “Neurofibromatosis, Type 2" Neurology: An Online Medical Reference. 1st Edition. St. Petersburg. Emedicine Online Textbooks. Eds. Nicholas Lorenzo et al. 2001., Inc. (Chapter revised October 2009) Pletcher BA: “Pulmonary Manifestations of Genetic Disorders” in Turcios NL and Fink RJ, eds: Pulmonary Manifestations of Pediatric Diseases, 1st ed. Philadelphia, Saunders Elsevier, 2009, pp 295-338.
Committee on Genetics: "Folic acid for the prevention of neural tube defects", Pediatrics 92(3):493-494, 1993. Committee on Genetics: "Health supervision for children with Down syndrome", Pediatrics 93(5): 855-859, 1994. Committee on Genetics: "Prenatal genetic diagnosis for pediatricians", Pediatrics 93(6):1010-1015, 1994. Committee on Genetics: "Health supervision for children with achondroplasia", Pediatrics 95(3):443-451, 1995. Committee on Genetics: "Health supervision for children with neurofibromatosis", Pediatrics 96(2):368-372, 1995. Committee on Genetics: "Health supervision for children with Turner syndrome", Pediatrics 96(6):1166-1173, 1995. Committee on Genetics: "Health supervision for children with Fragile X syndrome", Pediatrics 98(2):297-300, 1996. Committee on Genetics: "Health supervision for children with sickle cell diseases and their families", Pediatrics 98(3):467-472, 1996. Committee on Genetics: "Newborn screening fact sheets", Pediatrics 98(3):473-501, 1996. Committee on Genetics: “Health supervision for children with Marfan syndrome”, Pediatrics 98(5):978-982, 1996.
Committee on Genetics: “Folic Acid for the prevention of neural tube defects”, Pediatrics 104(2): 325-327, 1999. Committee on Genetics: “Evaluation of the newborn with developmental anomalies of the external genitalia”, Pediatrics 106(1): 138-142, 2000. Committee on Genetics: “Health supervision for children with Down syndrome”, Pediatrics 107(2): 442-449, 2001. Committee on Genetics: “Health supervision for children with Williams syndrome”, Pediatrics 107(5): 1192-1204, 2001. Committee on Pediatric Workforce: “Ensuring culturally effective pediatric care: Implications for education and health policy”, Pediatrics 114(6): 1677-1685, 2004. Committee on Pediatric Workforce: “Pediatrician workforce statement”, Pediatrics 116(1): 263-269, 2005. Committee on Pediatric Workforce: “Prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace and educational settings”, Pediatrics 118:1752-1756, 2006.# Committee on Pediatric Workforce: “Enhancing the diversity of the pediatrician workforce”, Pediatrics 119(4): 833-837, 2007. Committee on Pediatric Workforce: “Nondiscrimination in pediatric health care”, Pediatrics 120(4): 922-923, 2007. Committee on Pediatric Workforce: “Financing graduate medical education to meet the needs of children and the future pediatrician workforce”, Pediatrics 121(4): 855-861, 2008.
Goodman DC and the Committee on Pediatric Workforce: “The pediatrician workforce: Current status and future prospects”, Pediatrics 116(1):e156-e173, 2005. Pletcher BA: “Gender issues grow as more women enter pediatric workforce”, AAP News, page 21, August 2005. Pletcher BA: “Prevention is best medicine for sexual harassment in workplace”, AAP News, Volume 27(10), page 22, October 2006. Pletcher BA: “Pediatricians must be included in workforce discussions”, AAP News, Volume 30(7), page 22, July 2009. Pletcher BA and Rimsza ME: “Academy voices concerns with IOM report on future of nursing”, AAP News [Online December 2010, doi:aapnews. 20101208-2], Volume 32(1), page 28, January 2011.


Courses Taught

EDUC6002K   Molecular&Genetic Medicine

Molecular & Genetic Medicine is taught during the fall semester of the first year. The teaching format consists of lectures, group conferences of two kinds (team based learning and small group conferences with faculty facilitators), and review sessions. Lectures are of 1 hour duration; conferences and review sessions are approximately 2 hours. Additional information is available on the course website and in the assigned textbooks. Case histories introduced throughout the course will illustrate how knowledge of biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetics can aid the understanding of disease processes.



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