Genetic Counseling 

A genetic counselor is a healthcare provider who has special training in medical genetics and counseling. Genetic counselors help people understand the medical, psychological and familial impact of genetic information on disease risk.

A genetic counselor uses family and medical history information to estimate your risk of getting a disease, explains the inheritance of the disease, and identifies who else in your family may be at risk. A genetic counselor will also talk with you about testing, treatment and prevention options for the disease. Genetic counselors also provide emotional support to help people adjust to their risk for getting a disease or their potential to pass on a genetic risk of disease. Furthermoe, a genetic counselor can equip you with tools to help you approach sharing complex genetic information with your family members.

The Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative research study has board-certified genetic counselors available to talk with you about the genetic information you may learn as a result of being in the study. Participants may request to speak with a genetic counselor before viewing their results if they are anxious or undecided about whether or not they want to view a variant result. Participants can also request to speak with a genetic counselor after viewing their variant results if they have questions, concerns or are having difficulty understanding their results.

If you would like to talk with a CPMC genetic counselor, sign in to your CPMC portal account by clicking "Sign Into My Account" above and submit your request. A genetic counselor will contact you to set up a telephone or face-to-face appointment.