Miller School Geneticist Named President-Elect of the American Board of Genetic Counseling

Susan Estabrooks Hahn, M.S., C.G.C., an instructor in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics at the Miller School, has been named President-elect of the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC).

“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve my profession,” said Hahn. “While genetic counseling has always been a dynamic profession, the increasing and expanding utility of genetic information will continue to usher us into a new era that is not yet well defined. Never before has there been such an opportunity for genetic counselors to further expand their scope and impact on health care.”

The ABGC, which is the credentialing organization for the genetic counseling profession in the United States and Canada, certifies qualified professionals to protect the public and promote the ongoing growth and development of the genetic counseling profession.

“A high caliber certification process that keeps pace with the evolving roles of genetic counselors and the additional applications of genetic information is essential to our profession,” said Hahn.

“I’m so proud of Susan,” said Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Professor of Human Genomics and Director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics. “This is what we hoped when we recruited her from Duke to join us at UM. She truly is a national leader.”

Hahn, a board-certified genetic counselor who also serves as Assistant Director of Communications, Compliance, and Ethics at the Hussman Institute, will serve as President-elect in 2013 and President in 2014.

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