November 4, 2021 recognizes Genetic Counselor Awareness Day, sponsored by the National Society of Genetic Counselors (nsgc.org). Genetic Counselor Awareness Day is dedicated to raising awareness and utilization of genetic counselors in communities and institutions. It is also their goal to help consumers understand the importance of the supportive roles of genetic counselors in health care.
Genetic counselors are healthcare professionals with advanced degrees and national certification in medical genetics and psychosocial counseling who partner with patients seeking information about inherited conditions affecting them or their families. Genetic counselors work with patients and their physicians to understand family history, discuss the risks, benefits and limitations of genetic testing, interpret results and implications of genetic testing, and help communicate this information to family members.
Over 5,900 certified genetic counselors (CGC) practice in a variety of healthcare settings in the United States, including but not limited to prenatal, fertility, pediatrics, metabolic, cardiovascular, neurology, and cancer care. Genetic testing has become an integral part of patient care, and partnering with genetic counselors has never been more important than now.
Genetic Counselor Awareness Day is a great opportunity to highlight the value of the genetic counselors in our department in promoting patient care and ensuring that physicians and patients have access to genetic counseling and testing at our institution.
The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology together with the Department of Pediatrics and Women and Children’s Services, are fortunate to have seven certified genetic counselors who see patients in one of five clinical locations: Fetal Diagnostic Center, Duke Perinatal Durham, Duke Perinatal Cary and Duke Perinatal Raleigh and Duke Children’s Hospital. We welcome the opportunity to assist you with your patients and to be available to you as questions arise. Please join us in celebrating our department’s accomplished Genetic Counselors:
- Mariele Anneling, MS, CGC
- Sarah Hart, PhD., MS, CGC
- Erin Huggins, MS, CGC
- Courtney Jensen, MS, CGC
- Allyn McConkie-Rosell, PhD, CGC
- Erica Nading, MS, CGC
- Kacie Riley, MS, CGC
- Kelly Schoch, MS, CGC
- Rebecca Spillman, MS, CGC
- Jennifer Sullivan, MS, CGC