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Genetics Counselor

Allegheny Health Network

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  • Pittsburgh, PA - West Penn Hospital
  • Tech
  • Full time
  • Day (United States of America)

Company :

Allegheny Health Network

Job Description : 


Provides professional genetic counseling services to all patients and their families through identification, planning and processing of genetic information; maintains specific knowledge of medical literature as it relates to genetic issues.


  • Provides genetic counseling and support to patients and families regarding genetic disorders and birth defects. (25%)
  • Obtains and documents appropriate family history, including information that is known prior to, during, and after the counseling session. (20%)
  • Performs newborn screening functions and coordinates all genetic testing including designating appropriate laboratories for testing and performs follow up on abnormal tests results. (20%)
  • Identifies families at risk and investigates the problem present in the family. Interprets information about the disorder and analyzes inheritance patterns and the risks of recurrence. Reviews available options with the family. (20%)
  • Acts as a professional/community resource. (10%)
  • Researches current advances in the field of genetics/genetics counseling. (5%)
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required, including but not limited to, dictating, typing and proofreading all patient letters and compiling paperwork.



  • Master’s Degree in genetics
  • Board certification or eligibility as a Diplomat of the American Board of Medical Genetics required, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • 2 years’ experience in genetic counseling preferred

Disclaimer: The job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this job title. It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to do this job.

Compliance Requirement : This job adheres to the ethical and legal standards and behavioral expectations as set forth in the code of business conduct and company policies.

As a component of job responsibilities, employees may have access to covered information, cardholder data, or other confidential customer information that must be protected at all times.  In connection with this, all employees must comply with both the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) as described in the Notice of Privacy Practices and Privacy Policies and Procedures as well as all data security guidelines established within the Company’s Handbook of Privacy Policies and Practices and Information Security Policy. 

Furthermore, it is every employee’s responsibility to comply with the company’s Code of Business Conduct. This includes but is not limited to adherence to applicable federal and state laws, rules, and regulations as well as company policies and training requirements.

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