Genetic counselors are health professionals with specialized training who provide information and support to individuals and families with genetic conditions. They provide education about inheritance, testing, management, prevention, resources, and research. Our counselors' primary roles include obtaining family histories and medical histories from patients, providing ongoing patient education, connecting patients with community vision resources, coordinating commercial genetic testing, and inviting patients to participate in genetic research studies.
In addition, the counselors communicate genetic test results with patients and referring providers, and correspond regularly with researchers to initiate and maintain close collaboration on genetic studies. Learn more about the field of genetic counseling at The National Society of Genetic Counselors.