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Dawn Allain, MS, LGC​

​Associate Professor, Division of Human Genetics, Department of Internal Medicine

INTMED7050 Foundations in Genetic Counseling II
INTMED7080 Advanced Genetic Counseling I

INTMED7189 Clinical Practicum​

INTMED7030 Public Health in Genetics

Ms. Allain received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of New Hampshire in 1989 and a Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from Northwestern University in 1993.  She was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 1996 and achieved re-certification in 2006.  Upon graduation, Ms. Allain spent a year working in prenatal and pediatric genetics at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York, New York and approximately five years providing prenatal, pediatric, and adult genetic counseling services at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She was subsequently employed as a pediatric and cancer genetic counselor at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and then as a cancer counselor at ProHealthCare in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In 2006, Ms. Allain moved to Columbus, Ohio.  She is currently an Assistant Professor in Clinical Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University, where she provides genetic counseling services to adults in the Medical Genetic Programs for the Division of Human Genetics.  In all of her positions, she has been a clinical supervisor for genetic counseling graduate students, medical students, and residents.  She has also been a thesis advisor to genetic counseling graduate students.

Ms. Allain is a Past-President (2003-2004) and previous board member (2000-2006) of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC).  She was a founding board member and past Vice-Chair of the now dormant Genetic Counseling Foundation.  She has been a member of NSGC since 1991, and has been active in the development of the Society’s educational programs serving as co-chair of the Annual Education Conference in 2002 and as chair of the Annual Education Conference Subcommittee (2000-2002).  She was a founding member and past co-chair (2009-2010) of the NSGC’s Personalized Medicine Special Interest Group (SIG), as well as a founding member of the Metabolic SIG and Education SIG.  She has served on the NSGC Billing and Reimbursement Task, Technical Expert Research Panel, the gene patenting and nondiscrimination position statement work-groups, and the  NSGC Ethics Advisory Group. She is currently Vice Chair of the NSGC Licensure Subcommittee and a member of the Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship Advisory Group. She was awarded the NSGC’s Strategic Leadership Award in 2008 and is a recipient of NSGC’s 2011 Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship.



Pamela Brock, MS, LGC

Associate Professor, Division of Human Genetics, Department of Internal Medicine

INTMED7020 Foundations in Genetics l
INTMED7040 Foundations in Genetics ll


Pamela Brock, MS, LGC completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Mathematics at Mount Union College in 2003. She received a Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. She provides cancer genetic counseling services within the OSU multidisciplinary neuroendocrine clinic and has research roles related to the genetics of thyroid cancer and other endocrine cancers. Over the years, Ms. Brock has been heavily involved with genetics education and clinical supervision to genetic counseling graduate students, medical students, residents, fellows, and nurses. She has also been a thesis committee member for genetic counseling graduate students. 



Lindsey Byrne, MS, LGCC

Associate Professor, Division of Human Genetics, Department of Internal Medicine

INTMED7891 Seminar Series


Lindsey Byrne, MS, LGC received her Bachelor of Arts from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO, and a Master’s in Human Genetics from the Sarah Lawrence College Genetic Counseling Program in 2008.  She was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2010, and achieved re-certification in 2015. Until 2015, she worked as a cancer and cardiac genetic counselor at OhioHealth in Columbus, OH. From 2015-2018, she was the senior genetic counselor and clinical lead of the cancer genetics program at Mount Carmel Health in Columbus, OH. Ms. Byrne joined the Division of Human Genetics in the Department of Internal Medicine as an Assistant Professor in October 2018, and works as a cancer genetic counselor who specializes in GU cancers.

Ms. Byrne is actively involved with the National Society of Genetic Counselors:  member, vice-chair, and chair of the mentor program (2017-2019), CEU review committee member (2016-current), awards subcommittee member (2016), professional status survey subcommittee member (2017-current).  She has also been the genetic counselor representative and on the executive committee for the state of Ohio Partners for Cancer Control since 2014 and the 2018 co-chair elect. 



Haley Cassingham, MS, LGC

Assistant Professor, Division of Human Genetics​, Department of Internal Medicine

INTMED7189 Clinical Practicum

Hayley Cassingham, MS, LGC completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Genetics and Spanish with a minor in Psychology at Ohio Wesleyan University in 2014. She received her Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from The Ohio State University in 2017. Hayley provides cancer genetic counseling services within the high risk breast clinic at the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center.



Shannon Garner, MS, LGC

​Genetic Counselor, Department of Pediatrics

INTMED7100.03 Advanced Clinical Skills-Pediatric Counseling

Shannon Garner, MS, CGC completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology at The Ohio State University in 1999. She attained her Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling in June 2004 from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. She received her Board Certification from the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2005. From 2004 to 2009, she was a prenatal genetic counselor in the Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, OH. She then came to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 2009 where she currently works as a pediatric genetic counselor. She is also active in teaching medical students, residents, and laboratory fellows.


Heather Hampel, MS, LGC​

Associate Director, Division of Human Genetics

INTMED7100.04 Advanced Clinical Skills-Cancer Counseling

Ms. Hampel received a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Genetics from The Ohio State University in 1993 and a Master of Science degree in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College in 1995.  She was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 1996 and achieved re-certification in 2006.  Upon Graduation, Ms. Hampel worked for two and a half years as a cancer genetic counselor at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, New York.  She has worked at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center as a cancer genetic counselor and since 2005 as the Associate Director of the Division of Human Genetics in the Department of Internal Medicine.
 
Ms. Hampel has been active in the National Society of Genetic Counselors, including co-chairing the year 2002 Annual Education Conference, on the Education Committee (-2008), and on the NSGC Board of Directors as Region IV Representative (2004)  She is also active in the American Board of Genetic Counseling, including item writing (2005), the nominations Committee (2006) and on the ABGC Board of Directors (2007-2011) as President (2009-2010) and Credentials Committee Chair (2011).


 

Elizabeth Jordan, MS, LGC​

​Associate Professor, Division of Human Genetics, Department of Internal Medicine

INTMED7030 Foundations in Genetics II

Elizabeth Jordan is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Human Genetics at the Ohio State University. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and had additional focused coursework in human biology and genetics from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. Elizabeth completed her graduate training in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  Starting her career at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, Elizabeth’s background includes general pediatric and adult genetics, hereditary cancer genetics, in addition to cardiovascular genetics.  Elizabeth joined the Division of Human Genetics at Ohio State and the DCM Research Project team as a Co-Investigator in the summer of 2017.  She provides genetic counseling in the Cardiovascular Genetics and Genomics Clinic as well as in the Inherited Channelopathy Clinic at The Ohio State University.  She is a member of the Advisory Board for the OSU Genetic Counseling Graduate Program and has been involved in genetics education of for health care providers and trainees and participates in thesis projects in both committee member and advisory roles.    ​

 


 

Ruthann Pfau, PhD

Director, Institute for Genomic Medicine Clinical Laboratory 

INTMED8050 Current Technologies
 
Ruthann (Blough) Pfau, PhD earned her B.S. and M.S. in Biological Sciences from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. During that time, she volunteered at the Department of Medical Genetics and Birth Defects at Dayton Children’s Medical Center, where she developed her interest in clinical genetics and genetics diagnostics. She went on to study at Indiana University’s Indianapolis medical campus, completing her PhD in Medical and Molecular Genetics. During her time in Indiana, she also pursued another long-time interest, becoming a board-certified genetic counselor and working part-time as a prenatal genetic associate. Following a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical cytogenetics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Research Foundation, Dr. Pfau ran the CHMCC cytogenetics laboratory for several years, eventually transitioning to Dayton Children’s Hospital where she practiced both genetic counseling and laboratory diagnostics. Following a fellowship in clinical molecular genetics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital‘s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Dr. Pfau worked at the Center for Human Genetics Lab at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. She now rejoins the Nationwide Children’s Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics Laboratory as an associate director.​


 

Robert Pilarski, MS, LGC, MSW

Associate Professor, Division of Human Genetics, Department of Internal Medicine

INTMED7080 Advanced Genetic Counseling l
INTMED7090 Advanced Genetic Counseling ll

Robert Pilarski, MS, LGC, MSW completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology at Michigan State University in 1980. He received his Master of Sciences degree in Medical Genetics/Genetic Counseling from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1984, and Board Certification from the American College of Medical Genetics in 1987. He has held past positions at the University of British Columbia (1984-1986) and the University of Connecticut Health Center. He has been at The Ohio State University since 2000, where he is currently an Associate Professor, Clinical in the Department of Internal Medicine. Mr. Pilarski also attained his Master of Social Work degree in 2010 from The Ohio State University and is a Licensed Social Worker in Ohio, performed mental health counseling. He has taught medical students and supervised genetic counseling students at the University of CT and The Ohio State University for the past 24 years. He has also guest lectured in a number of courses in various departments.

 

Leigha Senter-Jamieson, MS, CGC​

​Associate Professor, Division of Human Genetics, Department of Internal Medicine

INTMED7040 Foundations in Genetic Counseling I
INTMED7999 Thesis
INTMED8010 The Business of Genetics

Ms. Senter-Jamieson received her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Genetics from The Ohio State University in 2001 and a Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003. She was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2007. Since graduation, Ms. Senter-Jamieson has worked as a cancer genetic counselor at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and is currently associate professor (clinical) in the Department of Internal Medicine. She is active in research and has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and oversees thesis work for the OSU graduate students.

Ms. Senter-Jamieson has been active in the National Society of Genetic Counselors, including co-chairing the region IV Education conference in 2004, co-chairing the Cancer SIG from 2009-2011, chairing the Audrey Heimler Special Projects Committee in 2009, and chairing the Education Committee in 2012, and serving as a Director-at-Large on the Board of Directors. She was also Communications Committee Chair for the American Board of Genetic Counseling from 2009-2011 and was an executive council member for the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancers from 2007-2010. She is also a medical advisor for FORCE.​​​​​​

 

Kate Shane-Carson, MS, LGC​

​Associate Professor, Division of Human Genetics, Department of Internal Medicine

INTMED7189 Clinical Practicum
INTMED7050 Foundations in Genetic Counseling II
INTMED7080 Advanced Genetic Counseling I​

Ms. Shane-Carson attained her Bachelor of Science and Certification for Secondary Education from Seton Hill College in 2011, and earned her Masters of Science in Genetic Counseling from Wayne State University in 2004.  She was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2005 and was re-certified in 2015.  Ms. Shane-Carson worked initially at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH from 2004-2009 as a pediatric genetic counselor, specializing in Prader-Willi syndrome, metabolic bone disorders, and Williams syndrome.  She currently works as a cancer genetic counselor at OSU, and her specific clinical interests are in the provision of telegenetics. 

 Ms. Shane-Carson has taken an active role in education at OSU through rotation coordination and clinical supervision of genetic counseling students, medical students, residents, and fellows.  She also teaches for the genetic counseling program at OSU, the medical school at OSU, and the physician assistant program at Ohio Dominican University. Ms. Shane-Carson also serves as a program coach and thesis advisor.

Ms. Shane-Carson is an active member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors:  Member, Vice-Chair, and Chair of the Webinar Subcommittee (2013-2015), co-chair of the Education SIG (2012-2015), CEU Review Committee member (2011-current), Abstract Review Committee Member (2016-2019) Education SIG Grant Award Committee member (2016-current).  She also is a current member of the ACGC Program Review Committee. 


Spitale_Allison.jpgAllison Spitale, MS, LGC

Program Manager, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

INTMED7100.01 Advanced Clinical Skills - Reproductive Counseling

Allison Spitale, MS, LGC is a board certified Genetic Counselor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She received Bachelor’s degrees in Zoology and Psychology from Miami University in 1998 and her Master’s degree in Medical Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000. She has spent her entire career in the field of prenatal and preconception genetics. Ms. Spitale is involved with the OSU Genetic Counseling Graduate Program as a guest lecturer, thesis advisor and clinical supervisor. Ms. Spitale also provides genetics education to medical students, residents, and fellows.



Judith Westman, MD

Professor Emeritus, Division of Human Genetics, Clinical Internal Medicine
Clinical Director, Division of Human Genetics

INTMED7010 Foundations in Medicine l
INTMED7010 Foundations in Medicine ll

Dr. Westman received her medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine.  She completed a residency in pediatrics, chief residency in pediatrics, and fellowship in clinical genetics at Children's Hospital and the Ohio State University.  She received a Master's degree in molecular genetics from OSU as well.  Dr. Westman is a Professor of Internal Medicine at Ohio State.  After spending 9 years in pediatric clinical genetics, she joined the James Cancer Hospital in 1996 and developed the Clinical Cancer Genetics program.  She also served as Associate Dean for the OSU College of Medicine in the area of Medical Education Administration for 12 years with responsibilities for curriculum revision and administration of the preclinical portion of the medical student curriculum.  In July 2008, she returned to genetics fulltime as the Clinical Director of the Division of Human Genetics at Ohio State.  She continues to play a role in medical education as a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the committee responsible for Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination and has received two teaching awards for her teaching of the first year medical students.



 

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