Genetic counselors Jessica Aram and Tina Liu are part of our multidisciplinary team, helping to provide care for the genetic health of your child as well as your family within the Division of Medical Genetics. They are trained specialists in the field of medical genetics and expert educators, skilled in translating the complex language of genomic medicine into terms that are easy to understand.
What is Genetic Counseling? (Source: The National Society of Genetic Counselors)
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:
- Interpretation of family and medical histories to assess the chance of disease occurrence or recurrence
- Education about inheritance, testing, management, prevention, resources and research
- Counseling to promote informed choices and adaptation to the risk or condition
In addition to helping patients and families to understand complex genetic information, our genetic counselors also perform test coordination and case management. Most importantly, our genetic counselors are here to support and empower patients and families through education and counseling about their genetic health.