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Genetic Counseling – Genetics & IVF Institute

Decisions about family planning, genetic testing, and prenatal diagnosis are personal. Genetic counseling at the Genetics & IVF Institute is a process that will assist you in reaching a decision that is in the best interest of you and your family. Your genetic counselor will assist you in sorting through your medical information and all of the available choices. The goal of genetic counseling is to help you make an informed decision about your medical situation. Common reasons for genetic counseling include:

Depending on the complexity of your situation and the number of questions you have, genetic counseling sessions vary from 30 to 60 minutes in length. You will meet with a genetic counselor to review your family history, ethnicity, personal health, and pregnancy history. Analysis of this information allows the counselor to determine which, if any, tests would provide useful information for your reproductive and family planning.

All of your questions regarding the safety and accuracy of each testing option will be reviewed. The appropriateness of prenatal diagnosis, genetic screening, and other tests will vary, depending on your individual health and family history. The benefits and limitations of all the current testing options will be explained to you. Deciding to have a test done or deciding not to have a test done are both equally valid choices. If desired, testing can usually be done on the same day as your consultation, or you can choose to make an appointment for testing on a different day.

To schedule an appointment, click here or call 800.552.4363 or 703.698.7355.

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Graduate Studies in Genetic Counseling | College of …

Providing students with the academic expertise and clinical skills essential for success in the genetic counseling profession. “Employment of genetic counselors is projected to grow 41 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Genetic counselors should have better than average job prospects overall.” – Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2014-15

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Mary Ahrens, Richard King, and Bonnie LeRoy at the program graduation brunch in May 2015

October 2015 -Colleen Wherley (2014) and Lynn Schema(2012) had their articles published in the October 2015 issue of The Journal of Genetic Counseling. Colleen’s article is entitled “Form Follows Function: A Model for Clinical Supervision of Genetic Counseling Students.” Lynn’s article is entitled “Clearing the Air: A Qualitative Investigation of Genetic Counselors’ Experiences of Counselor-Focused Patient Anger.”

August 2015 – Daniel Groepper (2013) and Rachel Riesgraf (2011) have had their articles published in the August 2015 issue of The Journal of Genetic Counseling. Dan’s article is entitled “Ethical and Professional Challenges Encountered by Laboratory Genetic Counselors” and Rachel’s article is entitled “Perceptions and Attitudes About Genetic Counseling Among Residents of a Midwestern Rural Area.”

April 2015 – Whiwon Lee (2013) and Julianne Hartmann (2009) had their articles published in the April 2015 issue of The Journal of Genetic Counseling. Whiwon’s article is entitled “Who is at Risk for Compassion Fatigue? An Investigation of Genetic Counselor Demographics, Anxiety, Compassion Satisfaction, and Burnout.” Julianne’s article is entitled “Genetic Counselor Perceptions of Genetic Counseling Session Goals: A Validation Study of the Reciprocal-Engagement Model.”

March 2015 – Stephanie Goettl (2013) was featured on Phoenix local newsdiscussing breast and ovarian cancer screening.

December 2014 – Matt Bower (2001) and Joline Dalton (2000) have both written chapters in a recent book called Genetic Counseling for Adult Neurogenic Disease: A Casebook for Clinicians. Matt and Joline are also clinical supervisors for our program.

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Genetic Counseling and Risk Assessment: The LIFE Center …

About the LIFE Center

The LPGA prosIn the Fight to Eradicate breast cancer (LIFE) Center at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey is dedicated to teaching young women how to maintain breast health and reduce the factors that increase their risk of breast cancer.The Center was establishedto recognize the support and advocacy of professional golfer, Val Skinner who is the founder of the Val Skinner Foundationand LIFE, and the LPGApros. The LIFE Center is a place where young women can come to better understand their personal risk to develop cancer and what they can do about it. The LIFE Center is positioned to identify and meet the needs of young women of diverse cultures and ethnicities. Researchers and medical professionals at The LIFE Center are dedicated to improving young women’s understanding of their risk to develop breast cancer and their knowledge of appropriate prevention and screening strategies.

The Hereditary Oncology Prevention and Evaluation (HOPE) program is funded by and located within the LIFE Center. The program is designed for iindividuals who are concerned about their risks to develop cancer based on his or her family history of cancer, or his or her own personal medical history. The program offers patients and families appropriate medical and genetic testing information, and provides support and resources for those confronting cancer risk. The aim of the HOPE program is to help patients and families make informed decisions about their own health care as well as to provide information about ways to monitor for and treat possible cancer.

The LIFE Center and HOPE program are directed by Dr. Deborah Toppmeyer, and include a group of specialists who provide comprehensive care to families and individuals concerned about their risks of developing cancer. Your multidisciplinary team may include a genetic counselor, medical oncologist, surgical oncologist, gynecologist, and/or social worker. With the multiple perspectives of a multidisciplinary team, the HOPE program is able to address many of the unique needs of high-risk cancer patients and families.

The Hereditary Oncology Prevention and Evaluation (HOPE) Program is designed for anyone who is worried about his or her own personal cancer risk or about cancer within the family.

It is especially helpful for families with any of the following:

Genetic Testing When family history is suggestive of an inherited cancer risk, genetic testing may be available to further define your own risk of cancer as well as the risk to your relatives. If available and recommended, genetic testing will be offered at the conclusion of you initial appointment with the HOPE program

Follow-up Plan Based on the teams risk assessment, a personalized plan for careful monitoring and/or prevention will be designed and provided to you and your doctors. You may also choose to continue to be seen at our center.

Psychosocial Support Social workers and genetic counselors will be available to help you and your family address the unique issues involved with assessment and management of cancer risk.

Research You will have access to appropriate clinical studies to evaluate new methods for the early detection of cancer, cancer prevention, cancer treatment, and genetic testing. Eligibility, benefits and limitations of these trials will be discussed, when appropriate.

Additional Resources The LIFE Center and HOPE program have several ongoing initiatives to promote genetic counseling services throughout the community as well as to provide ongoing support and education to patients of the program.

The primary location of the Hereditary Oncology Prevention and Evaluation (HOPE) Program is in the LIFE Center at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick, NJ. However, CINJ, the LIFE Center, and the HOPE Program strive to provide the best cancer care throughout the community. To achieve this goal, genetic counselors from the HOPE Program visit multiple outreach clinics throughout New Jersey at CINJaffiliate hospitalsto provide genetic counseling services to community hospitals.

Deborah Toppmeyer, MD, Director, Medical Oncologist Hetal Vig, MS, CGC, Genetic Counselor Stephanie Pachter, MS, CGC, Genetic Counselor Sandra D’Elia, MS, CGC, Genetic Counselor Sarah Nashed, MS, CGC, Genetic Counselor

How to schedule an appointment or get more information

To schedule an appointment or for further information, please call 732-235-7110 or email us at hope_program@cinj.rutgers.edu.

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Genetic Counseling – kidshealth.org

If you and your partner are newly pregnant, you may be amazed at the number and variety of prenatal tests available to you. Blood tests, urine tests, monthly medical exams, screening tests, and family history tracking each helps to assess the health of you and your baby, and to predict any potential health risks.

You may also have the option of genetic testing. These tests identify the likelihood of passing certain genetic diseases or disorders (those caused by a defect in the genes the tiny, DNA-containing units of heredity that determine the characteristics and functioning of the entire body) to your children.

Some of the more familiar genetic disorders are:

If your history suggests that genetic testing would be helpful, you may be referred to a genetic counselor. Or, you might decide to seek out genetic counseling yourself.

But what do genetic counselors do, and how can they help your family?

Genetic counseling is the process of:

Genetic tests are done by analyzing small samples of blood or body tissues. They determine whether you, your partner, or your baby carry genes for certain inherited disorders.

Genes are made up of DNA molecules, which are the building blocks of heredity. They’re grouped together in specific patterns within a person’s chromosomes, forming the unique “blueprint” for every physical and biological characteristic of that person.

Humans have 46 chromosomes, arranged in pairs in every living cell of our bodies. When the egg and sperm join at conception, half of each chromosomal pair is inherited from each parent. This newly formed combination of chromosomes then copies itself again and again during fetal growth and development, passing identical genetic information to each new cell in the growing fetus.

Current science suggests that every human has about 25,000 genes per cell. An error in just one gene (and in some instances, even the alteration of a single piece of DNA) can sometimes be the cause for a serious medical condition.

Some diseases, such as Huntington’s disease (a degenerative nerve disease) and Marfan syndrome (a connective tissue disorder), can be inherited from just one parent. But most disorders, includingcystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, and Tay-Sachs disease, cannot occur unless both the mother and father pass along the gene.

Other genetic conditions, such as Down syndrome, are usually not inherited. In general, they result from an error (mutation) in the cell division process during conception or fetal development. Still others, such as achondroplasia (the most common form of dwarfism), may either be inherited or the result of a genetic mutation.

Genetic tests don’t yield easy-to-understand results. They can reveal the presence, absence, or malformation of genes or chromosomes. Deciphering what these complex tests mean is where a genetic counselor comes in.

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American Cancer Society: Genetic Testing, What You Need to Know – The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. Read all about genetic testing at this site.

Cancer.Net: Genetics – This is the patient information Web site of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). It is designed to help patients and families make informed health-care decisions. Comprehensive information on cancer genetics can be found here.

HealthyNJ: Genetics – Although not specific to cancer genetics, you can find valuable information on genetic disorders and testing.

Macmillan Cancer Support: Genetics – This UK based organization helps with all the things that people affected by cancer want and need. Learn about how genes work, how diseases are inherited and the risks for different cancer types at this site.

MedlinePlus: Genetic Counseling – Developed by the National Library of Medicine, this consumer health site directs the user to selected online resources on many common diseases, conditions, and concerns. Also in Spanish.

MedlinePlus: Genetic Testing – Developed by the National Library of Medicine, this consumer health site directs the user to selected online resources on many common diseases, conditions, and concerns. Also in Spanish.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: Hereditary Cancer & Genetics – Here you will find an overview of hereditary cancer, genetic counseling, testing information, questions and answers about hereditary cancers and recent research findings.

National Cancer Institute: Cancer Genetics – The NCI, established under the National Cancer Act of 1937, is the Federal Government’s principal agency for cancer research and training. This site will provide a wealth of information on cancer genetics and testing.

National Human Genome Research Institute – The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) led the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) contribution to the International Human Genome Project, which had as its primary goal the sequencing of the human genome. Here you can learn about specific genetic diseases and genetic testing, and find tools for gathering your family medical history.

NetWellness: Cancer Genetics – Find out about genes, chromosomes and cancer, genetic tests, genetic counseling or even submit a question on the site’s “Ask and Expert” section.

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Genetic counseling | March of Dimes

Genetic counseling is a service to help individuals and families translate scientific knowledge into practical information. A genetic counselor works with a person or family that may be at risk for an inherited disease or abnormal pregnancy outcome, discussing their chances of having children who are affected.

Providers of genetic counseling include:

These health care professionals are experienced in helping families understand birth defects and how inheritance works. They provide information that helps families make personal decisions about pregnancy, child care and genetic testing.

Anyone who has unanswered questions about origins of diseases or traits in the family should consider genetic counseling. People who may find it valuable include:

When you go to see a genetic counselor, he or she:

Often genetic counselors can determine the risk of occurrence or recurrence of a condition and the availability of tests for it.

Evaluation of tests results usually is coordinated between the genetic counselor, the person or couple and the doctor. In the occasional case of troubling results, the counselor will provide information to help you make decisions (for instance, on the risk of having a child or more children). The counselor or the doctor can refer you to resources in your community that deal with a specific genetic condition, or to medical specialists, educational specialists or family support groups.

A family can seek genetic counseling directly or be referred by a physician. Comprehensive genetic services centers are available in the United States, usually located within large medical centers or teaching hospitals. Smaller areas may be served by satellite clinics.

If you think you could benefit from genetic counseling:

There are many organizations that can provide you with guidance and information on a wide variety of topics related to genetics and specific inherited disorders. These are just a few:

March of Dimes – Ask us 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue White Plains, NY 10605 (914) 997-4488 askus@marchofdimes.org

Genetic Alliance 4301 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 404 Washington, DC 20008 (202) 966-5557 info@geneticalliance.org

National Society of Genetic Counselors 401 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 321-6834 nsgc@nsgc.org

National Center for Education on Maternal and Child Health P.O. Box 571272 Washington, DC 20057 (202) 784-9770 mchlibrary@ncemch.org

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) P.O. Box 1968 Danbury, CT 06813 (800) 999-6673 (203) 744-0100 RN@rarediseases.org

Last reviewed: December, 2013

Genetic counseling is a service to help individuals and families translate scientific knowledge into practical information. A genetic counselor works with a person or family that may be at risk for an inherited disease or abnormal pregnancy outcome, discussing their chances of having children who are affected.

Providers of genetic counseling include:

These health care professionals are experienced in helping families understand birth defects and how inheritance works. They provide information that helps families make personal decisions about pregnancy, child care and genetic testing.

Anyone who has unanswered questions about origins of diseases or traits in the family should consider genetic counseling. People who may find it valuable include:

When you go to see a genetic counselor, he or she:

Often genetic counselors can determine the risk of occurrence or recurrence of a condition and the availability of tests for it.

Evaluation of tests results usually is coordinated between the genetic counselor, the person or couple and the doctor. In the occasional case of troubling results, the counselor will provide information to help you make decisions (for instance, on the risk of having a child or more children). The counselor or the doctor can refer you to resources in your community that deal with a specific genetic condition, or to medical specialists, educational specialists or family support groups.

A family can seek genetic counseling directly or be referred by a physician. Comprehensive genetic services centers are available in the United States, usually located within large medical centers or teaching hospitals. Smaller areas may be served by satellite clinics.

If you think you could benefit from genetic counseling:

There are many organizations that can provide you with guidance and information on a wide variety of topics related to genetics and specific inherited disorders. These are just a few:

March of Dimes – Ask us 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue White Plains, NY 10605 (914) 997-4488 askus@marchofdimes.org

Genetic Alliance 4301 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 404 Washington, DC 20008 (202) 966-5557 info@geneticalliance.org

National Society of Genetic Counselors 401 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 321-6834 nsgc@nsgc.org

National Center for Education on Maternal and Child Health P.O. Box 571272 Washington, DC 20057 (202) 784-9770 mchlibrary@ncemch.org

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) P.O. Box 1968 Danbury, CT 06813 (800) 999-6673 (203) 744-0100 RN@rarediseases.org

Last reviewed: December, 2013

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Genetic Testing & Counseling Philadelphia, PA | Einstein

Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia offers genetic testing as part of a full range of services. Einstein is the only healthcare network in the Philadelphia region to offer prenatal, pediatric, adult and cancer genetics services in one location.

In addition, Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia was the first hospital in the area to initiate and create a Jewish Genetic Disease Screening Program. Housed in the Victor Center for Jewish Genetic Diseases, the program offers ongoing community outreach and education.

Our Programs

Jewish Genetic Diseases Through the Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Screening Program, Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia provides information on eight genetic conditions and how to obtain carrier screening and genetic counseling.

Tay-Sachs Disease A new Einstein study screens for this fatal neurodegenerative disease in people who have at least three grandparents of Irish descent.

Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment Program Einstein Cancer Center provides genetic counseling for cancer patients and their families.

Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia 5501 Old York Road Levy 2 West Philadelphia, PA 19141 Phone: 215-456-8722 Get Directions

Einstein Medical Center Montgomery 559 West Germantown Pike East Norriton, PA 19403 Phone: 877-401-1093 Get Directions

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Genetic Counseling Center – Hackensack, NJ – MedicineNet

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Ivan Bilbao-lavieja Hackensack Medical Center Genetics 30 Prospect Ave Ste 1 Hackensack, NJ 07601 (551) 996-5264

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Helio F. Pedro Hackensack Medical Center Genetics 30 Prospect Ave Ste 1 Hackensack, NJ 07601 (551) 996-5264

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Narasimha R. Marella Cancer Genetics Inc 201 State Rt 17 FL 2 Rutherford, NJ 07070 (201) 528-9200

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Punita Gupta St Josephs Regional Medical Center Genetics 703 Main St Paterson, NJ 07503 (973) 754-2727

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Uta Lichter-Konecki New York Presbyterian Hospital Pediatrics 3959 Broadway New York, NY 10032 (212) 305-8504

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Nelly J. Oundjian Harlem Hospital Center-Pediatric Clinic 46 W 137th St New York, NY 10037 (212) 939-8005

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Melissa P. Wasserstein Comprehensive Gaucher Dis Treatment 1 Gustave L Levy Pl # 1497 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-0915

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Amy Yang Comprehensive Gaucher Dis Treatment 1 Gustave L Levy Pl # 1497 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-0915

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Manisha C. Balwani Comprehensive Gaucher Dis Treatment 1 Gustave L Levy Pl # 1497 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-0915

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Chanan Stauffer Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1 Gustave L Levy Pl FL 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-0915

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Ethylin W. Jabs Comprehensive Gaucher Dis Treatment 1 Gustave L Levy Pl # 1497 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-0915

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Keith A. Eddleman Faculty Practice Associates Obstetrics & Gynecology 5 E 98th St FL 2 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-9393

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George A. Diaz Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Bryn Webb Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Any C. Yang Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Lakshmi C. Mehta Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Eric Schadt Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Robert J. Desnick Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Kimihiko Oishi Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Elaine M. Pereira Childrens Hospital At Montefiore Medical Center Specialty Clinic 3415 Bainbridge Ave FL 4-5 Bronx, NY 10467 (718) 741-2450

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Joy M. Samanich Childrens Hospital At Montefiore Medical Center Specialty Clinic 3415 Bainbridge Ave FL 4-5 Bronx, NY 10467 (718) 741-2450

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Paul A. Levy Childrens Hospital At Montefiore Medical Center Specialty Clinic 3415 Bainbridge Ave FL 4-5 Bronx, NY 10467 (718) 741-2450

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Robert W. Marion Childrens Evaluation & Rehabilitation Center 1410 Pelham Pkwy S FL 1 Bronx, NY 10461 (718) 430-8600

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Pauline Brenholz Integrated Oncology 521 W 57th St Fl 6 New York, NY 10019 (212) 698-0300

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Mark I. Evans Mark I Evans MD 131 E 65th St New York, NY 10065 (212) 744-2590

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Noah Kauff Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Clinical Genetics 222 E 70th St Lowr LEVEL New York, NY 10021 (646) 888-4050

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Kenneth Offit Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Clinical Genetics 222 E 70th St Lowr LEVEL New York, NY 10021 (646) 888-4050

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Robin Russell Marble Hill Family Practice 4256 Bronx Blvd Bronx, NY 10466 (646) 329-8220

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Jessica G. Davis New York Presbyterian Hospital Genetics 505 E 70th St FL 3T3 New York, NY 10021 (646) 962-2205

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Lilian L. Cohen New York Presbyterian Hospital Genetics 505 E 70th St FL 3T3 New York, NY 10021 (646) 962-2205

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Jennifer Bassetti New York Presbyterian Hospital Genetics 505 E 70th St FL 3T3 New York, NY 10021 (646) 962-2205

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Christopher M. Cunniff New York Presbyterian Hospital Genetics 505 E 70th St FL 3T3 New York, NY 10021 (646) 962-2205

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Michel Sadelain Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 1275 York Ave New York, NY 10065 (212) 639-2000

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Zsofia K. Stadler Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 1275 York Ave New York, NY 10065 (212) 639-2000

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Naomi Yachelebich New York University Medical Center Medical Genetics 145 E 32nd St FL 14 New York, NY 10016 (646) 754-2222

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John G. Pappas New York University Medical Center Medical Genetics 145 E 32nd St FL 14 New York, NY 10016 (646) 754-2222

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Susan D. Klugman Montefiore Medical Center Genetics 1695 Eastchester Rd Ste 301 Bronx, NY 10461 (718) 405-8150

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Siobhan M. Dolan Montefiore Medical Center Genetics 1695 Eastchester Rd Ste 301 Bronx, NY 10461 (718) 405-8150

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Franklin T. Desposito Genetic Center 90 Bergen St Ste 5400 Newark, NJ 07103 (973) 972-3300

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Beth A. Pletcher Genetic Center 90 Bergen St Ste 5400 Newark, NJ 07103 (973) 972-3300

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Fredrick J. Gilbreth Pediatrics 121 Dekalb Ave Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718) 250-6911

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Yiping Geng Yiping Geng MD 13304 41st Ave Ste A Flushing, NY 11355 (718) 353-7265

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Tatyana Zakharenko Nyack Hospital Breast Cancer Center 160 N Midland Ave Nyack, NY 10960 (845) 348-8507

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Lawrence R. Shapiro Hudson Valley Medical Associates 257 Lafayette Ave Ste 200 Suffern, NY 10901 (845) 357-7462

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Simon G. Kupchick MMC Pediatrics 948 48th St FL 3 Brooklyn, NY 11219 (718) 283-8260

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Jackie L. Roberts Diagnostic Perinatal Testing Obstetrics & Gynecology Ultrasound 5014 Fort Hamilton Pkwy Fl 1 Brooklyn, NY 11219 (718) 283-7979

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Elizabeth R. Lim-Melia Children & Women Physicians of Westchester Regional Medical Genetics Inhieritated Metabolism 503 Grasslands Rd Ste 200 Valhalla, NY 10595 (914) 304-5280

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Maryam Banikazemi Children & Women Physicians of Westchester Regional Medical Genetics Inhieritated Metabolism 503 Grasslands Rd Ste 200 Valhalla, NY 10595 (914) 304-5280

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Margot V. Marrero-Stein Children & Women Physicians of Westchester Regional Medical Genetics Inhieritated Metabolism 503 Grasslands Rd Ste 200 Valhalla, NY 10595 (914) 304-5280

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David F. Kronn Children & Women Physicians of Westchester Regional Medical Genetics Inhieritated Metabolism 503 Grasslands Rd Ste 200 Valhalla, NY 10595 (914) 304-5280

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Wayne NJ Geneticist, Ph.D. Doctors – Genetic Counseling …

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Darius J. Adams Pulmonary & Allergy Associates 435 South St Ste 160 Morristown, NJ 07960 (973) 524-1898

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Punita Gupta St Josephs Regional Medical Center Genetics 703 Main St Paterson, NJ 07503 (973) 754-2727

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Helio F. Pedro Hackensack Medical Center Genetics 30 Prospect Ave Ste 1 Hackensack, NJ 07601 (551) 996-5264

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Ivan Bilbao-lavieja Hackensack Medical Center Genetics 30 Prospect Ave Ste 1 Hackensack, NJ 07601 (551) 996-5264

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Narasimha R. Marella Cancer Genetics Inc 201 State Rt 17 FL 2 Rutherford, NJ 07070 (201) 528-9200

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Nelly J. Oundjian Harlem Hospital Center-Pediatric Clinic 46 W 137th St New York, NY 10037 (212) 939-8005

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Franklin T. Desposito Genetic Center 90 Bergen St Ste 5400 Newark, NJ 07103 (973) 972-3300

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Beth A. Pletcher Genetic Center 90 Bergen St Ste 5400 Newark, NJ 07103 (973) 972-3300

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Lawrence R. Shapiro Hudson Valley Medical Associates 257 Lafayette Ave Ste 200 Suffern, NY 10901 (845) 357-7462

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Pauline Brenholz Integrated Oncology 521 W 57th St Fl 6 New York, NY 10019 (212) 698-0300

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Uta Lichter-Konecki New York Presbyterian Hospital Pediatrics 3959 Broadway New York, NY 10032 (212) 305-8504

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Ethylin W. Jabs Comprehensive Gaucher Dis Treatment 1 Gustave L Levy Pl # 1497 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-0915

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Chanan Stauffer Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1 Gustave L Levy Pl FL 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-0915

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Manisha C. Balwani Comprehensive Gaucher Dis Treatment 1 Gustave L Levy Pl # 1497 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-0915

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Amy Yang Comprehensive Gaucher Dis Treatment 1 Gustave L Levy Pl # 1497 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-0915

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Melissa P. Wasserstein Comprehensive Gaucher Dis Treatment 1 Gustave L Levy Pl # 1497 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-0915

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Keith A. Eddleman Faculty Practice Associates Obstetrics & Gynecology 5 E 98th St FL 2 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-9393

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George A. Diaz Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Bryn Webb Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Any C. Yang Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Lakshmi C. Mehta Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Eric Schadt Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Robert J. Desnick Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Kimihiko Oishi Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Mark I. Evans Mark I Evans MD 131 E 65th St New York, NY 10065 (212) 744-2590

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Noah Kauff Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Clinical Genetics 222 E 70th St Lowr LEVEL New York, NY 10021 (646) 888-4050

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Kenneth Offit Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Clinical Genetics 222 E 70th St Lowr LEVEL New York, NY 10021 (646) 888-4050

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John G. Pappas New York University Medical Center Medical Genetics 145 E 32nd St FL 14 New York, NY 10016 (646) 754-2222

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Naomi Yachelebich New York University Medical Center Medical Genetics 145 E 32nd St FL 14 New York, NY 10016 (646) 754-2222

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Michel Sadelain Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 1275 York Ave New York, NY 10065 (212) 639-2000

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Zsofia K. Stadler Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 1275 York Ave New York, NY 10065 (212) 639-2000

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Christopher M. Cunniff New York Presbyterian Hospital Genetics 505 E 70th St FL 3T3 New York, NY 10021 (646) 962-2205

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Jennifer Bassetti New York Presbyterian Hospital Genetics 505 E 70th St FL 3T3 New York, NY 10021 (646) 962-2205

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Jessica G. Davis New York Presbyterian Hospital Genetics 505 E 70th St FL 3T3 New York, NY 10021 (646) 962-2205

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Lilian L. Cohen New York Presbyterian Hospital Genetics 505 E 70th St FL 3T3 New York, NY 10021 (646) 962-2205

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David F. Kronn Children & Women Physicians of Westchester Regional Medical Genetics Inhieritated Metabolism 503 Grasslands Rd Ste 200 Valhalla, NY 10595 (914) 304-5280

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Elaine M. Pereira Childrens Hospital At Montefiore Medical Center Specialty Clinic 3415 Bainbridge Ave FL 4-5 Bronx, NY 10467 (718) 741-2450

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Joy M. Samanich Childrens Hospital At Montefiore Medical Center Specialty Clinic 3415 Bainbridge Ave FL 4-5 Bronx, NY 10467 (718) 741-2450

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Paul A. Levy Childrens Hospital At Montefiore Medical Center Specialty Clinic 3415 Bainbridge Ave FL 4-5 Bronx, NY 10467 (718) 741-2450

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Robert W. Marion Childrens Evaluation & Rehabilitation Center 1410 Pelham Pkwy S FL 1 Bronx, NY 10461 (718) 430-8600

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Tatyana Zakharenko Nyack Hospital Breast Cancer Center 160 N Midland Ave Nyack, NY 10960 (845) 348-8507

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Robin Russell Marble Hill Family Practice 4256 Bronx Blvd Bronx, NY 10466 (646) 329-8220

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Maryam Banikazemi Children & Women Physicians of Westchester Regional Medical Genetics Inhieritated Metabolism 503 Grasslands Rd Ste 200 Valhalla, NY 10595 (914) 304-5280

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Fredrick J. Gilbreth Pediatrics 121 Dekalb Ave Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718) 250-6911

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Siobhan M. Dolan Montefiore Medical Center Genetics 1695 Eastchester Rd Ste 301 Bronx, NY 10461 (718) 405-8150

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Susan D. Klugman Montefiore Medical Center Genetics 1695 Eastchester Rd Ste 301 Bronx, NY 10461 (718) 405-8150

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Milen T. Velinov George A Jervis Clinic 1050 Forest Hill Rd Staten Island, NY 10314 (718) 494-5151

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William T. Brown George A Jervis Clinic 1050 Forest Hill Rd Staten Island, NY 10314 (718) 494-5151

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Simon G. Kupchick MMC Pediatrics 948 48th St FL 3 Brooklyn, NY 11219 (718) 283-8260

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Jackie L. Roberts Diagnostic Perinatal Testing Obstetrics & Gynecology Ultrasound 5014 Fort Hamilton Pkwy Fl 1 Brooklyn, NY 11219 (718) 283-7979

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NJDOH – New Born Screening & Genetic Services

Science has helped us understand how blue eyes or baldness as well as other inherited traits both harmless and harmful can run in a family. In the past few decades, largely due to the Human Genome Project and other scientific endeavors, knowledge has exploded in the field of human genetics.

Genetic services available in New Jersey include direct clinical care services as well as activities such as screening programs and laboratory services, educational activities and birth defects surveillance. The State of New Jersey partially funds a network of Genetic Centers [see the list at bottom of page] that provide testing, diagnosis, and ongoing management and comprehensive care of genetic conditions. Physicians specially trained in medical genetics, along with genetic counselors, nurses, social workers and other medical specialists provide comprehensive care to patients with genetic concerns.

Services may include some or all of the following: a review of your family and medical history; physical examination; laboratory testing; genetic counseling/education; and management or referral to other specialists experienced in treating or managing rare disorders. These services can provide information on certain disorders that you or your child may have inherited, how genetic conditions may be passed from one generation to another in a family, and what the risks are that certain conditions will affect you, your present or future pregnancies, or other members of your family.

Genetic counseling translates the science of genetics into practical information. Anyone who has unanswered questions about diseases or traits in their family should consider genetic counseling. People who might be especially interested are:

Resources:

American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) http://www.acmg.net

Genetic Alliance http://www.geneticalliance.org/

Genetics Home Reference http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/

Human Genetics Association of New Jersey (HGANJ) http://www.hganj.org

National Newborn Screening & Genetic Resource Center (NNSGRC) http://genes-r-us.uthscsa.edu/

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. (NORD) http://www.rarediseases.org/

National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) http://www.nsgc.org

Directory of Comprehensive Genetic Centers in New Jersey

*Children’s Hospital of New Jersey Newark Beth Israel Medical Center 201 Lyons Avenue Newark, NJ 07112 Phone: (973) 926-4446

*Hackensack University Medical Center Genetics Service Don Imus Pediatric Center-Room 258 30 Prospect Avenue Hackensack, NJ 07601-1991 Phone (201) 996-5264 Outreach Clinics: Hoboken, Parsippany

*Saint Peter’s University Hospital Institute for Genetic Medicine 254 Easton Avenue New Brunswick, NJ 08903 Phone: (732) 745-6659

*St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center Section of Genetics 703 Main Street Paterson, NJ 07503-2691 Phone: (973) 754-2727 Outreach Clinic: Fairfield

*UMDNJ/NJ Medical School Center for Human & Molecular Genetics 90 Bergen Street, Suite 5400 Newark, NJ 07103-2499 Phone: (973) 972-3300 Outreach Clinics: Pompton Plains, West New York

*Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center Division of Genetics 3 Cooper Plaza, Suite 309 Camden, NJ 08103 -1400 Phone: (856) 968-7255 Outreach Clinic: Childrens Regional Center at Voorhees

*Partially Funded By The New Jersey Department Of Health

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ScM in Genetic Counseling – Degree Programs – Health …

The ScM in Genetic Counseling is designed to prepare graduates to provide genetic counseling with an emphasis on clients psychological and educational needs.

A joint effort of the Department and the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the program provides a solid foundation in conducting social and behavioral research related to genetic counseling, and teaches the skills necessary for graduates to educate health care providers, policymakers and the public about genetics and related health and social issues.

The two-and-a-half-year, full-time program consists of coursework taken at the East Baltimore campus of the Bloomberg School and at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.

The curriculum consists of didactic coursework in the areas of human genetics, genetic counseling, health education, communication, ethics, public policy and research methodology. Please view the program competencies.

The program also requires a minimum of 400 contact hours of supervised clinical rotations. Students in the program have access to more than twenty-five adult, pediatric, prenatal and specialty genetic clinical training sites in the Baltimore-Washington area in a variety of settings in the Baltimore-Washington area. Students may elect to complete their summer rotations in the Baltimore-Washington area or elsewhere. Many students choose to do a summer rotation outside of the United States. An international summer rotation is an opportunity to see how genetics is practiced in another country and expand the profile of genetic counseling. For some, the summer is an opportunity to rotate at a genetics clinic near their home.

Clinical rotations begin in the second term of the program and are required throughout. These rotations provide a critical opportunity for students to learn directly about genetic conditions and their impact on individuals and families and to receive an introduction to the breadth of services and variety of counselor responsibilities. Students are required to pass a written departmental comprehensive exam and complete a thesis project.

Here is more information about the JHU/NHGRI Genetic Counseling Training Program.

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Genetic Counseling Center | Summit Medical Group New Jersey

Genetic Counseling at Summit Medical Group provides risk assessment and genetic testing for individuals and couples with family concerns such as:

If you are planning to have a baby, you might be concerned about illnesses that your child might inherit from one or both sides of your family. You can ask your health care provider about genetic counseling or genetic screening to learn more about inherited diseases.

You may have genetic testing before you get pregnant. You also can have genetic testing at your first prenatal visit and later in your pregnancy.

Most cancers are not inherited; however, in 5% to 10% of families there might be a genetic predisposition for certain cancers. A consultation with a genetic counselor can provide the opportunity to estimate the risk for cancer based on:

Our genetic counselor is experienced in risk assessment and options for families who might have a predisposition for breast/ovarian cancer, colon cancer, or any other cancer that might be inherited.

Your health care provider or board-certified genetic counselor will review your family and personal medical histories. He or she is likely to ask you about diseases, disorders, and birth defects in your families as far back as 3 generations. Your doctor or genetic counselor also will discuss the benefits and risks of testing. Both parents might have blood tests even before getting pregnant. If you are pregnant, the baby also might be tested.

Your health care provider or counselor will discuss the genetic screening results with you. If there is a problem, they will help you understand it. They will describe your choices for prevention and treatment.

Genetic testing should be accompanied with a genetic consultation.

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Genetic Counseling and Evaluation for BRCA1/2 Testing

Genetic Counseling and Evaluation for BRCA1/2 Testing Cancer Genetic Counseling

Genetic counseling by a suitably trained health care provider is important to help women make informed decisions about genetic testing. In a genetic counseling session for breast and ovarian cancer, the health care provider will typically collect a detailed family and medical history and discuss the following questions:

Following the genetic counseling session, a woman may decide she does not want BRCA1/2 testing, or she may learn that testing is not appropriate for her circumstances. For a woman who chooses to undergo BRCA1/2 testing, counseling can help her better understand the meaning of her test results.In addition, the careful evaluation of family history performed as part of a genetic consultation, may identify other, less common hereditary causes of cancer.

Several medical options are available for managing breast and ovarian cancer risk in women who have BRCA1/2 mutations. These options have risks and benefits and should be discussed with a health care provider knowledgeable about medical management for women with BRCA1/2 mutations.

The most effective option for preventing cancer from developing is undergoing surgery to remove the breasts and ovaries.

Other available options may reduce the chance of developing cancer, or improve the likelihood of detecting it earlier, but the effectiveness of these options is less certain.

BRCA1/2 test results can provide important information for family members.

Understanding and coping with a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer can be challenging for individuals and families.Genetic counselors can help by providing information, resources, and support to families both with and without BRCA1/2 mutations.

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Genetic Testing and Counseling Program

Precertification requirements

The Genetic Testing and Counseling Program includes a precertification requirement and medical necessity review for certain Tier 1 and all Tier 2 genetic testing codes. Three additional CPT codes (81210, 81300 and 81301) have been added to the precertification list beginning September 16, 2013. This will help ensure that individuals receive cost-effective care that is covered under their benefit plans.

For a complete, up-to-date list of services that require precertification of coverage, health care professionals should log in to our Cigna for Health Care Professionals website at CignaforHCP.com and click on “Precertification Policies” under “Popular Links.” Once there, please see the “Master Precertification Policy” document.

Precertification requests may be submitted on the Cigna for Health Care Professionals website (CignaforHCP.com) or by calling the Cigna Customer Service Center at 1.800.88Cigna (882.4462).

As part of the updated precertification requirements, beginning September 16, 2013, individuals with Cigna-administered coverage will be required to receive pre-testing genetic counseling from an independent board-certified genetic counselor or clinical geneticist for three hereditary conditions breast and ovarian cancer (BRCA), colorectal cancer syndromes, and Long QT syndrome in order for precertification to be approved. This will provide these individuals with the opportunity to become fully informed about these complex genetic tests.

Prior to requesting precertification for these three conditions, ordering physicians should refer their patients with Cigna-administered coverage (and whose benefit plan requires precertification for outpatient procedures) to a participating independent board-certified genetic counselor or clinical geneticist for genetic counseling. This genetics professionals role will not only be to provide pre- and post-testing genetic counseling for individuals, but also to provide support to the ordering physician and help facilitate the overall testing process.

An independent genetics professional is one who is not employed by any clinical or genetic laboratory. Requiring that individuals receive services from an independent genetics professional ensures that there is no conflict of interest between the genetics professional and the facility that performs the tests.

For more information about how to find a genetic counselor, please review the information in the “Find a participating independent board-certified genetic counselor or clinical geneticist” section below.

Health care professionals and their patients can find a participating independent board-certified genetic counselor or clinical geneticist four different ways:

Please contact genetic counselors prior to receiving services to confirm that theyparticipate in Cigna’s network.

To help ensure that individuals have ready access to genetics experts and expedited services, we have established a relationship with InformedDNA. InformedDNA is a nationwide network of participating independent board-certified genetic counselors who deliver services via telephone or web. Day, evening, and weekend appointments are available for individuals by telephone at home, and consultations for patients with urgent surgical or treatment decisions are scheduled within 24-48 hours of referral.

Once the ordering physician refers their patient to an independent board-certified genetic counselor or clinical geneticist, we will typically receive the clinical documentation for the counseling directly from the genetics professional.

In order to help genetic counselors and clinical geneticists facilitate their reviews, we will provide them with a form that will help them to clearly and efficiently make their recommendation regarding the proposed test. We will then use that recommendation and clinical documentation as part of our decision to approve or deny the precertification request.

Each precertification decision will be handled as follows:

We will do everything possible to help individuals receive the care they need as soon as they need it. We understand that many tests, especially the BRCA test, may be urgent. Thats why customers have access to many board certified-genetic counselors and clinical geneticists in our network.

Additionally, to help ensure that individuals have efficient access to genetics experts and expedited services, they can contact InformedDNA at 1.800.975.4819.

If a health care professional does not have Internet access to view these updates or if they would like additional information about our Genetic Testing and Counseling Program, they should contact their local Market Medical Executive or call Cigna Customer Service at 1.800.88Cigna (882.4462).

Customers can contact Customer Service at the telephone number on the back of their ID card for additional information about this program, or if they need help finding a participating independent board-certified genetic counselor.

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Type of Physician: Geneticist, Ph.D.

What is a Geneticist, Ph.D.? A certification by the Board of Medical Genetics; practitioners work in association with a medical specialist, are affiliated with a clinical genetics program, or serve as a consultant to medical and dental specialists.

Specialty: Genetics: Medical (Ph.D.)

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Genetic Counseling | Top Counseling Schools

What Is Genetic Counseling?

Typically, a new couple that wants to start having children may have some inhibitions with regard to the genes they pass on to children. Perhaps one of the parents has a family history of breast cancer or a degenerative disorder. These are risks the parents might want to know and prepare for when beginning a family. Genetic counselors can help parents understand the risks unique to each couple by analyzing their genetic data and predicting possible outcomes for their offspring.

As a genetic counselor, you would learn how to properly read a family history in order to better assess the risk to children. You will also know what steps may help to prevent disorders and diseases children face. For example, if you recognize there is an increased risk of Down syndrome, you may suggest the mother consume certain type of nutrients like folic acid to mitigate that risk.

Genetic counselors are required to go through a long training process. Typically, this starts with an undergraduate degree culminating in a Bachelor of Science in either nursing or biology. In reality, any type of scientific upbringing can be a useful introduction to the language of genetic counseling.

After obtaining an undergraduate degree, you must pursue graduate education that will give more specialized knowledge in disease and genetics. This typically results in obtaining a Masters degree in genetic counseling. There are approximately 30 graduate programs that offer training in genetic counseling in the United States. They are rather competitive and offer the education you will need to be successful in the field.

Beyond your graduate studies, you may find it necessary to pursue license and certification. Certain states require that counselors have specific licenses before being allowed to practice. A certification through the American Board of Genetic Counseling can make you a more highly valued employee or job candidate.

There are many environments appropriate for the training you receive as a genetic counselor. If you choose to stay in the field, you will likely end up working in a clinical or hospital setting. This is where you would be helping families, and you will likely pick a specialty in this environment. Some specialties include cancer, prenatal diagnosis, cardiovascular disease, and neurological disorders among others.

Biotech labs also have need for genetic counselors due to their expertise in disorders. There are many companies that specialize in the production of tests for genetic problems, and counselors are needed in this development for their abilities to interpret genetic data. Another arm of biotech that employs genetic counselors is diagnostics. Specifically, if a doctor orders a test from a lab, somebody needs to be able to communicate the results the the doctor accurately and clearly.

Genetic counselors are also in demand in the non-laboratory fields. Many counselors will work to influence policy in government, or they will become teachers to educate the next generation. Some counselors even go into research where their specialized skill set makes them valuable in the clinical and basic research areas.

A genetic counselor is not in as high a demand for time as other health professionals. You will not be on call to act at a moments notice. You work around appointments of patients so you can give adequate time for discussion. This can afford regular hours that do not shift. This is a rare type of job in a hospital where injuries and disease do not wait for the professionals.

The median salary for genetic counselors in the United States was approximately 55,000 dollars per year as of 2006. This is accurate for counselors working in the hospital setting. This figure increases with experience. The median salary for a counselor with nine years on the job runs nearly 62,000 dollars. In addition to the salary, genetic counselors find themselves in high demand throughout the country. You can find a job in nearly any medium-sized or larger town or city. This can be a major benefit if you would like to lead a relatively quiet life.

Higher salaries can be found in other realms such as industry and research. The median salary for counselors in these fields is 71,000 dollars. Opportunities and geographic flexibility will probably be more limited if you aspire to this higher salary.

National Society of Genetic Counselors: This group promotes the interests of its members who are made up primarily of genetic counselors.

Genetic Counseling programs: This is a list of the different genetic counseling graduate programs accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.

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Genetic Counseling Center – Jersey City, NJ

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Fredrick J. Gilbreth Pediatrics 121 Dekalb Ave Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718) 250-6911

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Pauline Brenholz Integrated Oncology 521 W 57th St Fl 6 New York, NY 10019 (212) 698-0300

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Naomi Yachelebich New York University Medical Center Medical Genetics 145 E 32nd St FL 14 New York, NY 10016 (646) 754-2222

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John G. Pappas New York University Medical Center Medical Genetics 145 E 32nd St FL 14 New York, NY 10016 (646) 754-2222

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Simon G. Kupchick MMC Pediatrics 948 48th St FL 3 Brooklyn, NY 11219 (718) 283-8260

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Jackie L. Roberts Diagnostic Perinatal Testing Obstetrics & Gynecology Ultrasound 5014 Fort Hamilton Pkwy Fl 1 Brooklyn, NY 11219 (718) 283-7979

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Kenneth Offit Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Clinical Genetics 222 E 70th St Lowr LEVEL New York, NY 10021 (646) 888-4050

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Mark I. Evans Mark I Evans MD 131 E 65th St New York, NY 10065 (212) 744-2590

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Zsofia K. Stadler Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 1275 York Ave New York, NY 10065 (212) 639-2000

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Noah Kauff Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Clinical Genetics 222 E 70th St Lowr LEVEL New York, NY 10021 (646) 888-4050

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Michel Sadelain Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 1275 York Ave New York, NY 10065 (212) 639-2000

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Christopher M. Cunniff New York Presbyterian Hospital Genetics 505 E 70th St FL 3T3 New York, NY 10021 (646) 962-2205

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Jennifer Bassetti New York Presbyterian Hospital Genetics 505 E 70th St FL 3T3 New York, NY 10021 (646) 962-2205

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Jessica G. Davis New York Presbyterian Hospital Genetics 505 E 70th St FL 3T3 New York, NY 10021 (646) 962-2205

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Lilian L. Cohen New York Presbyterian Hospital Genetics 505 E 70th St FL 3T3 New York, NY 10021 (646) 962-2205

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Franklin T. Desposito Genetic Center 90 Bergen St Ste 5400 Newark, NJ 07103 (973) 972-3300

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Beth A. Pletcher Genetic Center 90 Bergen St Ste 5400 Newark, NJ 07103 (973) 972-3300

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Narasimha R. Marella Cancer Genetics Inc 201 State Rt 17 FL 2 Rutherford, NJ 07070 (201) 528-9200

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Amy Yang Comprehensive Gaucher Dis Treatment 1 Gustave L Levy Pl # 1497 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-0915

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Manisha C. Balwani Comprehensive Gaucher Dis Treatment 1 Gustave L Levy Pl # 1497 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-0915

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Keith A. Eddleman Faculty Practice Associates Obstetrics & Gynecology 5 E 98th St FL 2 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-9393

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Robert J. Desnick Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Kimihiko Oishi Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Eric Schadt Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Lakshmi C. Mehta Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Lakshmi C. Mehta Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Any C. Yang Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Bryn Webb Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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George A. Diaz Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Melissa P. Wasserstein Comprehensive Gaucher Dis Treatment 1 Gustave L Levy Pl # 1497 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-0915

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Chanan Stauffer Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1 Gustave L Levy Pl FL 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-0915

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Ethylin W. Jabs Comprehensive Gaucher Dis Treatment 1 Gustave L Levy Pl # 1497 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-0915

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Milen T. Velinov George A Jervis Clinic 1050 Forest Hill Rd Staten Island, NY 10314 (718) 494-5151

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William T. Brown George A Jervis Clinic 1050 Forest Hill Rd Staten Island, NY 10314 (718) 494-5151

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Nelly J. Oundjian Harlem Hospital Center-Pediatric Clinic 46 W 137th St New York, NY 10037 (212) 939-8005

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Uta Lichter-Konecki New York Presbyterian Hospital Pediatrics 3959 Broadway New York, NY 10032 (212) 305-8504

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Helio F. Pedro Hackensack Medical Center Genetics 30 Prospect Ave Ste 1 Hackensack, NJ 07601 (551) 996-5264

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Ivan Bilbao-lavieja Hackensack Medical Center Genetics 30 Prospect Ave Ste 1 Hackensack, NJ 07601 (551) 996-5264

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Yiping Geng Yiping Geng MD 13304 41st Ave Ste A Flushing, NY 11355 (718) 353-7265

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Punita Gupta St Josephs Regional Medical Center Genetics 703 Main St Paterson, NJ 07503 (973) 754-2727

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Siobhan M. Dolan Montefiore Medical Center Genetics 1695 Eastchester Rd Ste 301 Bronx, NY 10461 (718) 405-8150

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Susan D. Klugman Montefiore Medical Center Genetics 1695 Eastchester Rd Ste 301 Bronx, NY 10461 (718) 405-8150

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Robert W. Marion Childrens Evaluation & Rehabilitation Center 1410 Pelham Pkwy S FL 1 Bronx, NY 10461 (718) 430-8600

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Paul A. Levy Childrens Hospital At Montefiore Medical Center Specialty Clinic 3415 Bainbridge Ave FL 4-5 Bronx, NY 10467 (718) 741-2450

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Joy M. Samanich Childrens Hospital At Montefiore Medical Center Specialty Clinic 3415 Bainbridge Ave FL 4-5 Bronx, NY 10467 (718) 741-2450

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Elaine M. Pereira Childrens Hospital At Montefiore Medical Center Specialty Clinic 3415 Bainbridge Ave FL 4-5 Bronx, NY 10467 (718) 741-2450

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Robin Russell Marble Hill Family Practice 4256 Bronx Blvd Bronx, NY 10466 (646) 329-8220

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Brian S. Cooperman Northern Obstetrics & Gynecology 3111 New Hyde Park Rd Ste 2 North Hills, NY 11042 (516) 365-6100

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Martin G. Bialer CLL Research & Treatment Program 1554 Northern Blvd Ste 204 Manhasset, NY 11030 (516) 365-3996

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Joyce E. Fox CLL Research & Treatment Program 1554 Northern Blvd Ste 204 Manhasset, NY 11030 (516) 365-3996

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Sex Selection & Genetic Counseling | San Francisco Bay …

Genetic counselors are health care professionals trained in genetics and counseling.They have graduate degree training and are certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. Genetic counselors practice in several subspecialty areas of genetics including assisted reproduction technologies, infertility genetics, and prenatal diagnosis.Our genetic counselors will help patients understand the complex information they will be facing in their PGD or CCS cycle, and encourage their own decision making according to whats best for them. They will also serve as a liaison between our patients, their fertility doctor, and the PGD/CCS laboratory regarding the embryo testing portion of their cycle.

What is PGD or CCS?

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is the testing of embryos for a specific genetic disease known in the family.

Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS) is the testing of embryos for general chromosome abnormalities such as Down syndrome.

For those patients who are considering PGD or CCS, their IVF doctor will recommend they have a consultation with our genetic counselors prior to beginning their treatment cycle. Patients may feel like this is one more step in a daunting process.As well, they may have already discussed this option with their doctors and know why they are considering PGD/CCS. But a thorough understanding of the process of how genes are important in human embryos is a basis for understanding what the PGD/CCS process can and cannot tell patients about their embryos.

Common Reasons For Considering PGD/CCS:

What Happens During A Genetic Counseling Visit?

There are two main objectives in genetic counseling for PGD/CCS:

At our Northern California San Francisco Bay Area fertility center, our genetic counselors will guide patients through this process mentally before they are actually in cycle so that, hopefully, there are no unanticipated outcomes. It is also critical to review the consent form before signing it.Our genetic counselors are available to answer questions regarding its content.Consent forms are designed to inform and protect patients. Important information is contained in the consent form, including risks and limitations of PGD/CCS, as well as the purpose of the procedure and the diagnostic technique.

Lauri Black, MS, LCGC, Licensed Certified Genetic Counselor, PFC Director of Clinical Genetics Lauri has been a practicing genetic counselor since 1998 prior to completing her graduate program at the University of California Berkeley, and has been board certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling since 1999.Lauri has worked in reproductive genetics for her entire career, providing genetic counseling for male and female factor infertility, preimplantation genetic testing, and prenatal diagnosis.Most of that time, she has worked directly with many of the physicians at Pacific Fertility Center. She began her career at University of California San Franciscos Medical Center and then moved to California Pacific Medical Center in late 2001.In December of 2010, Lauri started a private practice and is now working more closely with the providers and patients at PFC as an in-house genetic counselor.

Carmela Thompson, MS, LCGC, Licensed Certified Genetic Counselor Carmela has been a practicing genetic counselor since 2011 prior to completing her graduate program at California State University, Stanislaus, and has been board certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and licensed by the state of California since 2012. Carmela started her career in genetics in 1997 creating custom genes in Operon Technologys laboratory, followed by joining Qiagen Co. as a Field Application Scientist in diagnostic genetic testing. In January of 2012, Carmela started a private genetic counseling practice, and came to PFC as an in-house genetic counselor in 2013.

Genetic testing of embryos is the main reason your physician would refer you to Lauri or Carmela for a consultation. Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is the testing of embryos for a specific genetic disease known in the family. Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS) is the testing of embryos for general chromosome abnormalities such as Down syndrome. Lauri and Carmela provide the required consultation for each of these services prior to the start of your cycle. The information and discussion from this consult fosters full informed consent of these complex procedures and the possible outcomes.

Lauri also provides genetic risk assessment for all of the prospective ovum donors for Pacific Fertility Centers Egg Donor Agency.

Our genetic counselors are available to provide genetic risk assessment by request, even if a patient is not including embryo testing or using an ovum donor in their cycle.Some patients may have questions about conditions in their families, and what impact that history may have on their or their childrens future health.For questions or concerns about family health history, review them with an infertility doctor and they may feel the option of a genetic risk assessment consultation is appropriate.

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General Genetics Clinics – University of Miami

General Genetics Clinics

The General Genetics Clinic at the University of Miami offers evaluation, management and genetic counseling for children and adults with known or suspected genetic conditions. This clinic welcomes children, adults, families, and couples. Common indications for referral to the general genetics clinic include developmental delays or learning problems, birth defects, growth disorders, vision or hearing impairment, muscular dystrophies, and metabolic disorders. Other individuals who may benefit from a genetic evaluation include those who have a known genetic condition, families that have multiple individuals with the same condition and parents who are concerned about passing on a condition to their children.

Comprehensive care and ongoing follow-up is provided by our team of board-certified geneticists and genetic counselors, as well as our registered dietician. Our physicians utilize state-of-the-art genetics laboratories to ensure patients are provided with the most up-to-date testing options. The clinical team is involved in a variety of research projects and collaborations allowing for the incorporation of the most current scientific advances into clinical care.

Director: Mustafa Tekin, M.D., FACMG,. Attending Physicians: Deborah Barbouth M.D., Stephanie Sacharow M.D. Genetic Counselors: Talia Donenberg, M.S., CGC Clinic locations: UM Mailman Center Medical Center Downtown, UM Kendall Clinic, Miami Childrens Hospital

Clinic hours:

Referral: Typically patients are referred through their primary care or specialty physicians. However, self-referrals are also welcomed. Please speak with your physician or your childs pediatrician about a referral to the clinic. An appointment can be made by calling 305-243-6006.

What can I expect from a visit to the general genetics clinic?

Before your visit:

During your visit: Please plan on arriving 10-15 minutes early for the registration process. A visit to the genetics clinic typically includes a review of the medical, family and developmental history, a physical examination, and a discussion of possible genetic conditions. The physician may order blood work, X-rays or other procedures. Genetics appointments are comprehensive and typically last 1-2 hours so please plan according.

After your visit: After your visit a detailed summary will be sent to your referring physician. If you would like to obtain a copy of the summary please let us know during your visit.

Contact us at: 1601 NW 12th St., Miami 33136 fax number (305-243-3919)

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Type of Physician: Geneticist, Ph.D.

What is a Geneticist, Ph.D.? A certification by the Board of Medical Genetics; practitioners work in association with a medical specialist, are affiliated with a clinical genetics program, or serve as a consultant to medical and dental specialists.

Specialty: Genetics: Medical (Ph.D.)

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Genetic Counselor Salary (United States)

A genetics counselor may provide a multitude of services in a number of different specialties in medicine. Their position may include working directly with adults, children, pregnant women and couples that wish to have children, among others. Areas covered by these counselors with adults include genetic diseases and diagnosis, counseling, and analysis of certain tumors; with children, they include congenital diseases such as cystic fibrosis. For pregnant women and couples trying to conceive, the genetic counselor’s main goal is typically identifying possible genetic defects and inborn errors of mutation.

Genetic counselors generally work alongside physicians of a variety of specialties, such as oncologists, surgeons and obstetricians, among others. They may provide advice and support to these doctors, as well as lab personnel and other professionals in their facility. Additionally, they may prepare academic papers, present at conferences, and provide support at booths, if required by their employer. Genetics counselors generally work full time in office and laboratory settings, although alternative and/or additional hours may be required depending on their employer’s needs.

A master’s degree from a relevant program accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling is generally required for this position. Genetic counselors must also be board certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics or the American Board of Genetic Counseling, as well as licensed in the state in which they wish to practice.

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Genetic Counseling Center – North Bergen, NJ

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Pauline Brenholz Integrated Oncology 521 W 57th St Fl 6 New York, NY 10019 (212) 698-0300

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Melissa P. Wasserstein Comprehensive Gaucher Dis Treatment 1 Gustave L Levy Pl # 1497 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-0915

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Amy Yang Comprehensive Gaucher Dis Treatment 1 Gustave L Levy Pl # 1497 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-0915

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Manisha C. Balwani Comprehensive Gaucher Dis Treatment 1 Gustave L Levy Pl # 1497 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-0915

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Chanan Stauffer Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1 Gustave L Levy Pl FL 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-0915

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Ethylin W. Jabs Comprehensive Gaucher Dis Treatment 1 Gustave L Levy Pl # 1497 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-0915

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Keith A. Eddleman Faculty Practice Associates Obstetrics & Gynecology 5 E 98th St FL 2 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-9393

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George A. Diaz Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Bryn Webb Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Any C. Yang Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Lakshmi C. Mehta Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Eric Schadt Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Robert J. Desnick Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Kimihiko Oishi Mount Sinai Medical Center Genetics 1428 Madison Ave RM 12 New York, NY 10029 (212) 241-6947

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Mark I. Evans Mark I Evans MD 131 E 65th St New York, NY 10065 (212) 744-2590

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Noah Kauff Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Clinical Genetics 222 E 70th St Lowr LEVEL New York, NY 10021 (646) 888-4050

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Kenneth Offit Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Clinical Genetics 222 E 70th St Lowr LEVEL New York, NY 10021 (646) 888-4050

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Nelly J. Oundjian Harlem Hospital Center-Pediatric Clinic 46 W 137th St New York, NY 10037 (212) 939-8005

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Michel Sadelain Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 1275 York Ave New York, NY 10065 (212) 639-2000

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Zsofia K. Stadler Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 1275 York Ave New York, NY 10065 (212) 639-2000

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Jessica G. Davis New York Presbyterian Hospital Genetics 505 E 70th St FL 3T3 New York, NY 10021 (646) 962-2205

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Lilian L. Cohen New York Presbyterian Hospital Genetics 505 E 70th St FL 3T3 New York, NY 10021 (646) 962-2205

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Jennifer Bassetti New York Presbyterian Hospital Genetics 505 E 70th St FL 3T3 New York, NY 10021 (646) 962-2205

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Christopher M. Cunniff New York Presbyterian Hospital Genetics 505 E 70th St FL 3T3 New York, NY 10021 (646) 962-2205

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Uta Lichter-Konecki New York Presbyterian Hospital Pediatrics 3959 Broadway New York, NY 10032 (212) 305-8504

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Naomi Yachelebich New York University Medical Center Medical Genetics 145 E 32nd St FL 14 New York, NY 10016 (646) 754-2222

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John G. Pappas New York University Medical Center Medical Genetics 145 E 32nd St FL 14 New York, NY 10016 (646) 754-2222

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Narasimha R. Marella Cancer Genetics Inc 201 State Rt 17 FL 2 Rutherford, NJ 07070 (201) 528-9200

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Helio F. Pedro Hackensack Medical Center Genetics 30 Prospect Ave Ste 1 Hackensack, NJ 07601 (551) 996-5264

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Ivan Bilbao-lavieja Hackensack Medical Center Genetics 30 Prospect Ave Ste 1 Hackensack, NJ 07601 (551) 996-5264

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Fredrick J. Gilbreth Pediatrics 121 Dekalb Ave Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718) 250-6911

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Paul A. Levy Childrens Hospital At Montefiore Medical Center Specialty Clinic 3415 Bainbridge Ave FL 4-5 Bronx, NY 10467 (718) 741-2450

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Robert W. Marion Childrens Evaluation & Rehabilitation Center 1410 Pelham Pkwy S FL 1 Bronx, NY 10461 (718) 430-8600

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Joy M. Samanich Childrens Hospital At Montefiore Medical Center Specialty Clinic 3415 Bainbridge Ave FL 4-5 Bronx, NY 10467 (718) 741-2450

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Elaine M. Pereira Childrens Hospital At Montefiore Medical Center Specialty Clinic 3415 Bainbridge Ave FL 4-5 Bronx, NY 10467 (718) 741-2450

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Susan D. Klugman Montefiore Medical Center Genetics 1695 Eastchester Rd Ste 301 Bronx, NY 10461 (718) 405-8150

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Siobhan M. Dolan Montefiore Medical Center Genetics 1695 Eastchester Rd Ste 301 Bronx, NY 10461 (718) 405-8150

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Yiping Geng Yiping Geng MD 13304 41st Ave Ste A Flushing, NY 11355 (718) 353-7265

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Robin Russell Marble Hill Family Practice 4256 Bronx Blvd Bronx, NY 10466 (646) 329-8220

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Beth A. Pletcher Genetic Center 90 Bergen St Ste 5400 Newark, NJ 07103 (973) 972-3300

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Franklin T. Desposito Genetic Center 90 Bergen St Ste 5400 Newark, NJ 07103 (973) 972-3300

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Punita Gupta St Josephs Regional Medical Center Genetics 703 Main St Paterson, NJ 07503 (973) 754-2727

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Simon G. Kupchick MMC Pediatrics 948 48th St FL 3 Brooklyn, NY 11219 (718) 283-8260

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Jackie L. Roberts Diagnostic Perinatal Testing Obstetrics & Gynecology Ultrasound 5014 Fort Hamilton Pkwy Fl 1 Brooklyn, NY 11219 (718) 283-7979

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Milen T. Velinov George A Jervis Clinic 1050 Forest Hill Rd Staten Island, NY 10314 (718) 494-5151

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William T. Brown George A Jervis Clinic 1050 Forest Hill Rd Staten Island, NY 10314 (718) 494-5151

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Joyce E. Fox CLL Research & Treatment Program 1554 Northern Blvd Ste 204 Manhasset, NY 11030 (516) 365-3996

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Martin G. Bialer CLL Research & Treatment Program 1554 Northern Blvd Ste 204 Manhasset, NY 11030 (516) 365-3996

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Brian S. Cooperman Northern Obstetrics & Gynecology 3111 New Hyde Park Rd Ste 2 North Hills, NY 11042 (516) 365-6100

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David H. Tegay Academic Healthcare Center 500 Northern Blvd Greenvale, NY 11548 (516) 686-3700

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What is Genetic Counseling?

Genetic counseling is the process of helping people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease. This process integrates:

Who are Genetic Counselors?

Genetic counselors are health professionals with specialized graduate degrees and experience in the areas of medical genetics and counseling. Most enter the field from a variety of disciplines, including biology, genetics, nursing, psychology, public health, and social work.

Genetic counselors work as members of a health care team, providing information and support to families who have members with birth defects or genetic disorders and to families who may be at risk for a variety of inherited conditions. They identify families at risk, investigate the problem present in the family, interpret information about the disorder, analyze inheritance patterns and risks of recurrence and review available options with the family.

Genetic counselors also provide supportive counseling to families, serve as patient advocates and refer individuals and families to community or state support services. They serve as educators and resource people for other health care professionals and for the general public. Some counselors also work in administrative capacities. Many engage in research activities related to the field of medical genetics and genetic counseling. (Adopted by the National Society of Genetic Counselors, Inc. 1983)

For information on genetic counselors and genetic counselingtraining programs, please download this helpful brochure from the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors: Who are Genetic Counselors?

Practicing genetic counselors should feel free to use any of this material at career fairs or during school or community presentations to share their roles and expertise with others. Those considering a career in genetic counseling will also find valuable information here to guide them on their journey to a degree and career in genetic counseling. For additional information, download the NSGC brochure, Become a Genetic Counselor.

What do Genetic Counselors do?

Genetic counselors provide a critical service to individuals and families considering undergoing genetic testing by helping them identify their risks for certain disorders, investigate family health history, interpret information and determine if testing is needed.

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Cancer Genetics Risk Assessment and Counseling – National …

Introduction

[Note: Many of the medical and scientific terms used in this summary are found in the NCI Dictionary of Genetics Terms. When a linked term is clicked, the definition will appear in a separate window.]

This summary describes current approaches to assessing and counseling people about their chance of having an inherited susceptibility to cancer. Genetic counseling is defined by the National Society of Genetic Counselors as the process of helping people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological, and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease. Several reviews present overviews of the cancer risk assessment, counseling, and genetic testing process.[1-4]

Individuals are considered to be candidates for cancer risk assessment if they have a personal and/or family history (maternal or paternal lineage) with features suggestive of hereditary cancer.[5] These features vary by type of cancer and specific hereditary syndrome. Criteria have been published to help identify families who may benefit from a referral to genetic counseling.[2,6] The PDQ cancer genetics information summaries on breast, ovarian, endometrial, colorectal, prostate, and skin cancers and endocrine and neuroendocrine neoplasias describe the clinical features of hereditary syndromes associated with these conditions.

The following are features that suggest hereditary cancer:

As part of the process of genetic education and counseling, genetic testing may be considered when the following factors are present:

A candidate for genetic testing receives genetic education and counseling before testing to facilitate informed decision making and adaptation to the risk or condition.[11] Genetic education and counseling gives an individual time to consider the various medical uncertainties, diagnosis, or medical management based on varied test results, and the risks, benefits, and limitations of genetic testing.

Comprehensive cancer risk assessment is a consultative service that includes clinical assessment, genetic testing when appropriate, and risk management recommendations delivered in the context of one or more genetic counseling sessions.

Several professional organizations emphasize the importance of genetic counseling in the cancer risk assessment and genetic testing process. Examples of these organizations include the following:

A list of organizations that have published clinical practices guidelines related to genetic counseling, risk assessment, genetic testing, and/or management for hereditary breast and ovarian cancers is available in the PDQ summary on Genetics of Breast and Gynecologic Cancers.

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Please ensure you have JavaScript enabled in your browser. If you leave JavaScript disabled, you will only access a portion of the content we are providing. Here’s how. A genetic counselor could… Key Facts & Information Source: O*Net and LifeWorks Training, Other Qualifications

The majority of genetic counselors practicing today are board certified. Board certification to become a Certified Genetic Counselor (CGC) is available through the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC). Requirements include documentation of the following: a graduate degree in genetic counseling from an accredited program; clinical experience in an ABGC-approved training site or sites; a log book of 50 supervised cases; and successful completion of both the general and specialty certification examination.

Students interested in genetic counseling careers should be sure to take all the high school biology, chemistry, and math courses available to them. Good written and communication skills are also important and can be gained in English, foreign languages, and sociology classes.

In college, students should continue to study biology, chemistry, statistics, psychology, sociology, and anthropology.

Students interested in pursuing this career should also seek ways to gain experience in counseling. This can be done in a number of ways, including applying for peer-counseling positions, or volunteering with a crisis center or hotline.

Genetic counselors need to complete a master’s degree in genetic counseling. Coursework typically includes clinical genetics, population genetics, cytogenetics, and molecular genetics, coupled with psychosocial theory, ethics, and counseling techniques. Clinical placement in approved medical genetics centers is an integral part of the degree requirement.

Genetic counselors need to have strong analytical reasoning skills in order to evaluate the genetic risks of their patients. Counselors also require robust interpersonal communication skills to help them effectively explain the genetic risks to their patients and then counsel them about their options. Inductive reasoning, active listening, oral communication, and writing skills are all critical to a genetic counselor’s career. Genetic counselors also need to be socially perceptive, staying aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react the way they do.

In clinical settings, genetic counselors provide information and support to individuals who have or are at risk of having birth defects or genetic conditions, as well as to their families. They analyze family history information, interpret information about specific disorders, discuss the inheritance patterns, assess the risk to individuals, and review available options for testing or management with families. In addition to informative counseling, genetic counselors also provide supportive counseling to help individuals and families cope with and adapt to their altered circumstances.

Some genetic counselors also work in research settings, where they use the same diagnostic skills to discover how disorders are inherited and evaluate what can be done to treat them.

Genetic counselors often have teaching roles, in addition to their clinical or research work. They are involved in educating medical residents, medical students, genetic counseling students, physicians, other health care providers, and the general public, about human genetics.

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