Jessica D. Kushner, MS

Rare disorders studied

Biographical information

Jessica Kushner received a Masters in Genetic Counseling/Medical Genetics from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997. She earned her ABGC genetic counseling certification  in 1999. Previous experience includes: genetic counseling for various conditions and patient populations, including prenatal, pediatric, adult and cancer.   Ms. Kushner previously supervised genetic counseling students in the master's program at Northwestern University, Chicago.  Since joining OHSU, she has worked as part of a research team on the Familial Dilated Cardiomyopathy Research Project and, more recently, on The National Registry of Genetically Triggered Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms and Related Cardiovascular Conditions.  She is a co-author of several abstracts and manuscripts. 


Research interests

Currently, my primary research project is GenTAC – The National Registry of Genetically Triggered Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms and CV Conditions.  Funded by the NIH, this is a national “bioregistry” – a bank of blood/tissue and medical data -  of people with or at risk for aortic enlargement/dissection that may have some genetic basis. The bioregistry data and samples will be available to qualified researchers for study into the genetics, treatment, and outcomes of thoracic aortic aneurysm and other heart and blood vessel diseases.  Enrollment is taking place at 5 centers around the country (with OHSU as the only west coast site).  Our goal is to enroll approximately 3000 subjects by 10/2010.


Rare disorders activities

National Society of Genetic Counselors Cardiovascular Genetics Special Interest Group co-chair, 2008 – 2009.

Invited lecturer, Bicuspic Aortic Foundation meeting, July, 2008.


Online reviews and articles of interest