Adult Metabolic Clinic - Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre

We help people with metabolic disorders achieve optimum control of their disorder and maximize their quality of life through effective assessment, treatment, monitoring, support and education.

We are committed to helping adults diagnosed with, or suspected of, having genetic disorders that affect their metabolism including:

  • Galactosemia
  • Glycogen storage disorders
  • Metabolic myopathies: e.g. McArdle's  disease, CPT 2 and others
  • Homocystinuria
  • Mitochondrial disease
  • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
  • Urea cycle defects: e.g. OTC deficiency, citrullinemia and others
  • Fatty acid oxidation disorders: e,g, CPT 1 and 2, MCAD, LCHAD, VLCAD and others
  • Lysosomal Disease: e.g.  Fabry and Gaucher disease, Niemann Pick B and C, Pompe disease and others
  • Leukodystrophies: e.g. adrenoleukodystrophy, metachromatic leukodystrophy, and others
  • Organic acidurias: e.g. propionic acidemia, methylmalonic acidemia, maple syrup urine disease, and others
  • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH)
  • Neurotransmitter diseases
  • Other inborn errors of metabolism

Our services may include:

  • Nutrition and supportive counselling
  • Coordination of community resources
  • Group and Individual education
  • Medical monitoring and assessment
  • Consultation with other health care facilities around the province
  • Patient advocacy
  • Diagnostic testing

The Metabolic Clinic team

Our team includes physicians, registered nurses, a social worker, registered dietitans, a psychologist and secretary.

How to prepare for your first clinic visit

You will be sent questionnaires before your appointment so that we can learn more about your medical history. We may also ask you to complete some lab tests.

Please complete any forms or tests before your visit so that we can make the most of out time together.

How long is the first appointment? 

The Initial visit is two hours long.  Follow up visits can last anywhere from 1-2 hours.  Follow up visits are arranged as needed.

Is there a cost? 

There is no cost for the clinic appointment.

What to bring to the visit

Bring a list of current medications including dosage (or the medications themselves). A friend or family member is also welcome to accompany you.

Will I be referred to a dietitian?

Some metabolic disorders can be the underlying cause of nutritional complications, for example inability to gain weight. Individuals with such conditions will receive diet therapy specific to their metabolic disease.

Please note that we do not see patients for weight loss counselling or diabetes education.

Vancouver General Hospital - Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre

2775 Laurel Street
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 1M9
Phone: (604) 875-5965
Fax: (604) 875-5967

Hours of operation

Monday - Friday 
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.


A referral by your physician/family doctor is required. 

Parking & transportation

There is pay parking available at our two visitor lots located on the VGH campus:

  • Multi-level parkade at the corner of West 12th Avenue and Laurel Street, across from the main entrance of the Jim Pattison Pavilion.

  • The Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre parking lot is located off of Laurel Street between West 12th and West 13th Avenue.

There is a wheelchair-accessible overpass from the VGH parkade at Level 4 and a crosswalk at Level 2.

 Download parking rates for VCH facilities


Our services are available to adults 18 years and older living in British Columbia and Yukon with genetic disorders affecting metabolism.