Certified Genetic Counselors are experienced in helping patients gather the information they need to make informed healthcare decisions.
(from left to right): Michele Gabree, MS, CGC; Janette Lawrence, MS, CGC; Erica Blouch, MS, CGC; Gayun Chan-Smutko, MS, CGC; Devanshi Patel, MS, CGC; Kristen Mahoney Shannon, MS, CGC
Kristen Mahoney Shannon, MS, CGC
Director, Cancer Center Genetics Program
Senior Genetic Counselor Ms. Shannon received her bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross and her master's degree in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College. She has been a practicing genetic counselor at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center’s Center for Cancer Risk Assessment (CCRA) since 1997. In addition to her clinical practice, Ms. Shannon has served on various subcommittees of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. Ms. Shannon is also a member of the NCCN Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Breast and Ovarian panel. She has been an integral part of the Massachusetts Genetic Counselors Licensure task force and is currently secretary for the Board of Licensure for Genetic Counselors. She has lectured and published widely in the fields of cancer genetics and cancer genetic counseling.
Gayun Chan-Smutko, MS, CGC
Senior Genetic CounselorMs. Chan-Smutko earned her bachelor of science from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She worked in the biotechnology industry studying the genetic basis of complex disease traits for several years before switching gears to enter the Genetic Counseling program at Brandeis University. After completing her master’s degree she joined the CCRA in 2002. Ms. Chan-Smutko provides educational outreach and genetic counseling services in various clinical settings including the Familial Renal Cell Carcinoma and von Hippel-Lindau disease program. Most recently she co-authored the VHL Handbook: Kid's Edition, a publication of the VHL Family Alliance.
Devanshi Patel, MS, CGC
Senior Genetic Counselor Ms. Patel is a licensed genetic counselor who earned her master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from Brandeis University. After graduating, she joined the cardiology department at Children’s Hospital Boston working in both clinical and research cardiovascular genetics. She then joined the Center for Medical Genetics at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare (now Northshore University Healthsystem) in Illinois, providing clinical care for adult patients and coordinating the Pancreatic Cancer Family Registry. Ms. Patel joined the CCRA in 2005. She provides cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling services to patients within the diverse clinical programs at the Mass General Cancer Center. Her activities also include educating health care providers and the public in genetics, student supervision and training. Ms. Patel’s primary interests lie in patient care and education outreach programs that facilitate the integration of genetics into medical care.
Michele Gabree, MS, CGC
Genetic CounselorMs. Gabree is a licensed genetic counselor who joined the CCRA in 2008. Ms. Gabree graduated from Miami University with a bachelor of arts in biology and went on to earn a master’s degree from the Genetic Counseling program at the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining the CCRA, Ms. Gabree worked as a prenatal genetic counselor in the Obstetrics and Gynecology department at Mass General. Ms. Gabree provides risk assessment and genetic counseling services across various specialty clinics. Ms. Gabree also serves as the research coordinator for the hereditary melanoma research registry. Her other interests include community education, student training and supervision, and research.
Janette Lawrence, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor Ms. Lawrence has been a genetic counselor since 2005. She is a bilingual Spanish-English speaker who grew up in Puerto Rico but has enjoyed living in the Northeast since 1999. Ms. Lawrence attended Rutgers University for her undergraduate studies where she received her bachelor of arts in biology. She went on to receive her master of science in Genetic Counseling at Brandeis University. Before joining the Mass General Cancer Center in 2010, Ms. Lawrence worked in pediatric genetics at Upstate Medical University Hospital in Syracuse, NY and at Children’s Hospital Boston. At the CCRA, she offers her counseling services for a variety of cancer predisposition syndromes. Her services are offered at the Mass General Main Campus as well as the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center.
Erica L. Blouch, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor Ms. Blouch joined the CCRA in 2010 after graduating from Brandeis University with a master’s in Genetic Counseling. She obtained her bachelor of science in Molecular Biology from Lehigh University in 2005 and worked in a cancer research laboratory before pursuing her genetic counseling degree. As part of the CCRA, Ms. Blouch counsels patients in a variety of cancer predisposition clinics, including the endocrine tumor genetics clinic. Her clinics are held at both the Mass General Cancer Center Main Campus and Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center.
Meredith Seidel, MS, CGC
Genetic CounselorMs. Seidel joined the CCRA in 2011. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology at Smith College and went on to do laboratory research in the biology department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She then spent several years in the field of Health Information Technology (HIT). Her role in HIT included managing projects ranging from clinical trials to hospital quality improvement programs, as well as leading a team of experts in the effort to develop critical criteria for oncology-specific electronic medical records. In 2010 she earned her master’s degree through the Genetic Counseling Program of the Mount Sinai Medical School in New York, NY. As part of the CCRA, Ms. Seidel provides counseling services in a variety of cancer predisposition clinics, including the neuro-oncology genetics clinic. Her services are offered at the Mass General Main Campus as well as the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center.
Linda Rodgers, MGC, CGC
Ms. Rodgers first joined the CCRA as a research assistant while earning her bachelor of science in biology from Northeastern University. Ms. Rodgers is pleased to return to the CCRA as a genetic counselor after earning a Master's in Genetic Counseling from the University of Maryland in 2012. She provides risk assessment and genetic counseling services in both the Breast/Ovarian and GI Cancer Genetics clinics at the MGH Main Campus in Boston. Additionally, Ms. Rodgers serves as one of the CCRA representatives to the Lynch Syndrome Screening Network, an international group of cancer genetics clinicians focused on universal screening for Lynch syndrome. Her interests include new genetic testing technologies and promoting genetic education of healthcare professionals.