Faculty

 

Priyanka Ahimaz

Priyanka Ahimaz, MS, CGC
Assistant Professor of Genetic Counseling, Department of Pediatrics

Course Director: Foundations of Clinical Genetics; General Genetics Internship
Fieldwork Supervisor: General Genetics, Cardiogenetics

Priyanka completed her genetic counseling graduate education at Arcadia University. She is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor in the Division of Molecular Genetics, specializing in inherited cardiomyopathies, connective tissue disorders and skeletal dysplasias. Priyanka is also the lead coordinator of the Congenital Anomalies Research Exploration (CARE), investigating genomic factors that contribute to the formation of various birth defects, currently focusing on tracheoesophageal defects.

 

Carli Andrews, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Department of Pediatrics

Fieldwork Supervisor: General Genetics, Inpatient Genetics

Carli is originally from Maryland and completed her genetic counseling graduate education at Sarah Lawrence College. She is a genetic counselor in the Division of Clinical Genetics and provides both inpatient and outpatient care for children with rare disease and their families. Carli is passionate about improving care for individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities through multidisciplinary teams, and her research interests include adolescent perceptions of consumer-driven (direct-to-consumer) genetic testing.

 

Kwame Anyane-Yeboa

Kwame Anyane-Yeboa, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Clinical Genetics

Dr. Yeboa has dedicated his career to the care of children and adults with genetic disorders, as well as pregnant women with concerns about the health of their children. He graduated from the University of Ghana Medical school in Accra, Ghana, and completed his pediatric residency training at Harlem Hospital. He went on to complete fellowship training in clinical genetics at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Yeboa's major expertise is in elucidating the underlying molecular basis for complex, and very often rare, genetic disorders. 

 

Sara Berger

Sara Berger, MS, CGC
Lecturer in Genetic Counseling, Department of Pediatrics

Facilitator: Process Group
Fieldwork Supervisor: General Genetics

Sara completed her genetic counseling graduate education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor in the Division of Clinical Genetics and her clinical work focuses on genetic disorders of childhood. Sara is the lead coordinator of the Variant Reinterpretation Stakeholder Study (VRiSS), developing recommendations and policies about issues surrounding genetic variant reclassification.

 

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Louise Bier, MS, CGC
Assistant Professor of Genetic Counseling, Department of Medicine

Course Director: Advanced Precision Medicine
Fieldwork Supervisor: Translational Genomics

Louise is originally from Wisconsin and completed her genetic counseling graduate education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor and the Director of Genetic Counseling and Clinical Engagement at the Institute for Genomic Medicine. Louise supervises the implementation of a variety of genomic research protocols, including the New York City Consortium for Precision Medicine, which is part of the NIH All of Us Research Program. She also serves on Columbia’s Genomics Institutional Review Board, which oversees ethical implementation of all genetic testing research across the university.

 

Kelsie Bogyo, MS, CGC
Lecturer in Genetic Counseling, Departments of Pathology & Cell Biology and Medicine

Fieldwork Supervisor: Nephrogenetics, Laboratory Genetic Counseling

Kelsie is originally from California and completed her genetic counseling graduate education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She provides both clinical and research services for the Center for Precision Medicine and Genomics, which aims to integrate precision medicine into medical care for adult constitutional disorders. Kelsie is a member of the Interdepartmental Genetic Counseling Program, bridging the gap between the Department of Medicine and the Precision Genomics Laboratory.

 

Mariel Buque, PhD
Clinical Psychologist, Columbia University Medical Center

Course Director: Foundations of Counseling Skills

Mariel is Dominican and grew up in New Jersey. She is a psychologist with a focus on the formulation of culturally responsive mental health care. Mariel received her PhD from Teachers College-Columbia University, where she facilitates courses in the areas of multicultural counseling, microaggressions, and counseling Latinx populations. Her clinical, research, and advocacy work focuses on the advancement of culturally responsive clinical and pedagogical interventions and on addressing racial health disparities by increasing access points to mental health for people of color. Mariel is bilingual in English and Spanish.

 

Ilana Chilton, MS, CGC
Lecturer in Genetic Counseling, Department of Pediatrics

Course Director: Foundations of Human Genetics

Facilitator: Process Group
Fieldwork Supervisor: General Genetics, Cancer Genetics

Ilana completed her genetic counseling graduate education at Brandeis University. She is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor in the Division of Molecular Genetics and specializes in inherited pediatric and adult conditions. Ilana became a genetic counselor to help translate complex genetic information into understandable and usable language for all individuals. She is passionate about helping those with rare and undiagnosed conditions find answers through genetic medicine. 

 

Katia Derghman, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Department of Pediatrics

Fieldwork Supervisor: General Genetics

Katia is originally from Southern California and completed her genetic counseling graduate education at Sarah Lawrence College. She is a genetic counselor in the Division of Clinical Genetics, specializing in genetic disorders of childhood. 

 

Michele Disco, MS, CGC
Lecturer in Genetic Counseling, Department of Pathology & Cell Biology

Fieldwork Supervisor: General Genetics, Inpatient Genetics, Laboratory Genetic Counseling

Michele is originally from New Hampshire and completed her genetic counseling graduate education at Sarah Lawrence College. She is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor with expertise in inherited disorders of childhood, specifically dermatologic and craniofacial genetics. Michele is a member of the Interdepartmental Genetic Counseling Program, bridging inpatient consultation and the Precision Genomics Laboratory. 

 

Kris Englestad

Kris Engelstad, MS, CGC
Lecturer in Genetic Counseling, Department of Neurology

Fieldwork Supervisor: Neurogenetics

Kris completed her genetic counseling graduate education at Sarah Lawrence College. She is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor involved in several areas of research, including natural history studies, clinical trials, a patient contact registry, and biobank for people with mitochondrial disorders. Kris aims to educate individuals and families about disease-specific genetic issues so they can make informed choices about genetic testing and family planning.

 

Tamar Forman, MS, CGC
Lecturer in Genetic Counseling, Department of Pediatrics

Fieldwork Supervisor: General Genetics

Tamar completed her genetic counseling graduate education at Long Island University Post. She is an ABGC-board certified genetic counselor in the Division of Clinical Genetics and works with children and adults who have inherited disorders. 

 

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Stephanie Galloway, MS, CGC
Lecturer in Genetic Counseling, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Fieldwork Supervisor: Reproductive Genetics

Stephanie is originally from South Carolina and completed her genetic counseling graduate education at the University of South Carolina. She is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor and provides care for women and their partners in the Center for Prenatal Pediatrics. Stephanie also serves as a research coordinator in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine and is a co-chair of the Columbia/NYP Genetic Counselor Consortium.

 

Alexa Geltzeiler, MSc, CGC
Lecturer in Genetic Counseling, Department of Pediatrics

Fieldwork Supervisor: General Genetics

Alexa completed her genetic counseling graduate education at Johns Hopkins University/NHGRI. She is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor in the Division of Molecular Genetics and her clinical work is focused on rare genetic disease in childhood. Alexa also serves as a research coordinator for Simons Searchlight, working with scientists and families to find genetic answers to autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders.

 

Jessica Giordano, MS, CGC
Assistant Professor of Genetic Counseling, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Course Director: The Human Body: Structure and Function 1 and 2
Facilitator: Process Group

Jessica is originally from New York and completed her genetic counseling graduate education at Sarah Lawrence College with a research focus in public health genomics and newborn screening. She is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor managing multiple research projects in reproductive genetics, including utilizing exome/genome sequencing for structurally abnormal fetuses with the goal of communicating results to families that can impact their clinical management and reproductive decision-making. 

 

Jill Goldman

Jill Goldman, MS, MPhil, CGC
Professor of Genetic Counseling, Department of Neurology

Course Director: Clinical Ethics for Genetic Counselors
Fieldwork Supervisor: Neurogenetics

Jill completed her genetic counseling graduate education at the University of California Berkeley. She is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor at The Taub Institute at Columbia where she specializes in hereditary neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal degeneration, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease. Jill created and coordinates “A Friend for Rachel," a companionship program in which people with early to moderate dementia are paired with Columbia students.

 

Emily Griffin

Emily Griffin, MS, CGC
Lecturer in Genetic Counseling, Department of Pediatrics

Course Director: Cardiogenetics Internship
Fieldwork Supervisor: Cardiogenetics

Emily completed her graduate education in genetic counseling at Long Island University Post. She is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor in the Division of Molecular Genetics. Emily works with individuals and families with cardiac disorders, specilializing in congenital heart defects. She participates in various research protocols within the Pediatric Cardiac Genomic Consortium, expanding the understanding of the genetic causes of congenital heart disease using genomic sequencing.

 

Edwin Guzman

Edwin Guzman, MS, CGC
Lecturer in Genetic Counseling, Department of Pediatrics

Fieldwork Supervisor: General Genetics

Edwin completed his genetic counseling graduate education at Sarah Lawrence College.  He is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor in the Division of Clinical Genetics, specializing in genetic disorders of childhood and craniofacial disorders. Edwin is bilingual in English and Spanish.

 

 

 

Nina Harkavy, MSc, CGC
Lecturer in Genetic Counseling, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Facilitator: Clinical Encounters
Fieldwork Supervisor: Reproductive Genetics

Nina completed her genetic counseling graduate education at Johns Hopkins University/NHGRI. She is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine. Her research interests include the attitudes and experiences of obstetricians and reproductive endocrinologists around prenatal genetic testing for non-medical sex selection. Nina is bilingual in English and French.

 

Elizabeth Harrington

Elizabeth Harrington, MS, CGC
Lecturer in Genetic Counseling, Department of Neurology

Course Director: Biochemical Genetics, Neurogenetics Internship
Fieldwork Supervisor: Neurogenetics

Elizabeth completed her genetic counseling graduate education at Stanford University. She is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor working with adults living wtih neurologic disorders. Elizabeth worked previously as a biochemical genetics research fellow at the National Institutes of Health, and her current clinical and research focus is individuals and families affected by motor neuron diseases.

 

Rebecca Hernan, MS, CGC
Lecturer in Genetic Counseling, Department of Pediatrics

Fieldwork Supervisor: General Genetics

Rebecca completed her genetic counseling graduate education at Sarah Lawrence College. She is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor working with children and families impacted by genetic disease. Rebecca is a research coordinator for the Diaphragmatic Hernia Research & Exploration: Advancing of Molecular Science study (DHREAMS) and is a co-chair of the Columbia/NYP Genetic Counselor Consortium.

 

Halie Holmes, MS, CGC
Lecturer in Genetic Counseling, Department of Medicine

Fieldwork Supervisor: Translational Genomics

Halie is originally from New Jersey and completed her genetic counseling graduate education at Sarah Lawrence College. She is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor in the Institute for Genomic Medicine, where she recruits research subjects for participation in genomic sequencing studies, curates variants based on genomic data, and collaborates with other providers to interpret and explain results of research genetic testing. 

 

Alejandro Iglesias, MD

Alejandro Iglesias, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Clinical Genetics

Dr. Iglesias is a clinical and biochemical geneticist primarily interested in inherited metabolic disorders and neurogenetics and dysmorphology. In his role as Director of the Inherited Metabolic Program he is deeply involved in all aspects related with the diagnosis, management and overall care of patients and families with these disorders. Dr. Iglesias has been actively involved in all developments asscoiated with newborn screening for Krabbe disease and Pompe disease. He is bilingual in English and Spanish.

 

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Isha Kalia, MS, MPH, CGC
Instructor in Genetic Counseling, Department of Medicine

Fieldwork Supervisor: Cardiogenetics

Isha completed her genetic counseling graduate education at Sarah Lawrence College and received a master's in public health from the University of Southern California. She works with adults and families who have inherited cardiovascular disorders. Isha is engaged in cardiovascular precision medicine research within the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.

 

Catherine Kentros, MS
Genetic Counselor, Department of Pediatrics

Fieldwork Supervisor: General Genetics, Cancer Genetics

Catherine is originally from Canada and completed her genetic counseling graduate education at the University of Montreal. She is a genetic counselor in the Division of Molecular Genetics and the New York-Presbyterian Lawrence Cancer Center. Catherine serves as a research coordinator for the Simons Searchlight study and her areas of research interest include neurodevelopmental disorders, pediatrics, and cancer genetics. She is trilingual in English, Greek, and French.

 

Carrie Koval-Burt, MS, CGC
Assistant Professor of Genetic Counseling, Department of Medicine

Fieldwork Supervisor: Cancer Genetics

Carrie completed her genetic counseling graduate education at Northwestern University. She is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology. She provides cancer risk evaluation, genetic counseling, and risk-reduction education for individuals who have cancer or are concerned about their risks of developing cancer. Carrie works with underserved communities and is bilingual in English and Spanish. Her research interests include newborn screening pilot programs. 

 

Tina Kushary, MMSc, CGC
Lecturer in Genetic Counseling, Department of Medicine

Fieldwork Supervisor: Translational Genomics

Tina is from New Jersey and completed her genetic counseling graduate education at Emory University. She is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor in the Institute for Genomic Medicine where she enrolls families into whole exome sequencing research studies, aids in the interpretation of genomic data, and collaborates with healthcare providers to explain the results and implications of research genomic testing. Tina is trilingual in English, Bengali, and Hindi.

 

Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, PhD
Associate Professor of Medical Humanities and Ethics

Course Director: ELSI Issues in Genomics

Trained as a medical anthropologist, Dr. Lee has extensive experience leading multi-disciplinary bioethics research on race, ancestry and equity in genomics, precision medicine and artificial intelligence; governance of biorepositories and commercialization of biotechnology; and diversity in academic medicine and entrepreneurship. She is Co-PI of the newly launched national Center for ELSI Resources and Analysis (CERA) funded by the NIH/NHGRI, a collaboration between Columbia and Stanford with partners at the Hastings Center and Harvard University. 

 

Brynn Levy, MSc (Med), PhD
Professor of Pathology & Cell Biology

Originally trained as a genetic counselor, Dr. Levy is now the Medical Director of the Clinical Cytogenetics Laboratory of the New York Presbyterian Hospital and a Co-Director of the Division of Personalized Genomic in the Department of Pathology & Cell Biology. He is regarded internationally as an expert in the clinical utility of genomic technologies in reproductive medicine. Dr. Levy's research areas of interest include early prenatal screening using fetal cells and cell-free fetal DNA from maternal circulation, PGD and the etiology of recurrent miscarriage. 

 

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Natalie Lippa, MS, CGC
Lecturer in Genetic Counseling, Department of Medicine

Course Director: Translational Genomics Internship
Fieldwork Supervisor: Translational Genomics

Natalie is originally from Toronto, Canada, and completed her genetic counseling graduate education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She has experience with lysosomal storage disease clinical research. Natalie is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor in the Institute for Genomic Medicine, where she serves as the lead genetic counselor overseeing whole exome sequencing research studies with a focus on the genetics of epilepsy and other neurological conditions. 

 

Maureen Mulhern, MS, MAT, CGC
Lecturer in Genetic Counseling, Department of Neurology

Course Director: Neurogenetics
Fieldwork Supervisor: Neurogenetics, Laboratory Genetic Counseling

Maureen is originally from New Jersey and completed her genetic counseling graduate education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She has previous experience working as a research genetic counselor at the Institute for Genomic Medicine, as well as a middle and high school science teacher. Maureen is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor and part of the Interdepartmental Genetic Counseling Program at Columbia, bridging the gap between the neurology clinics and the Precision Genomics Laboratory. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.

 

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Elaine Pereira, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Clinical Genetics

Dr. Pereira completed her MD at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and her residency at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore. Her areas of clinical interest include congenital heart disease, collagenopathies, congenital hearing loss, and dysmorphology. Dr. Pereira is active in medical education.

 

Anya Revah

Anya Revah Politi, MS, CGC
Assistant Professor of Genetic Counseling, Department of Pathology & Cell Biology

Fieldwork Supervisor: Translational Genomics, Laboratory Genetic Counseling

Anya is originally from Mexico City and completed her genetic counseling graduate education at Boston University. She is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor in the Institute for Genomic Medicine and the Precision Genomics Laboratory. Anya has clinical experience in pediatric genetics and is the lead research genetic counselor for DiagSeq, a diagnostic whole exome sequencing study. She is trilingual in English, Spanish, and French.

 

Scott Robinson, MS, CGC
Lecturer of Genetic Counseling, Department of Pediatrics

Fieldwork Supervisor: General Genetics

Scott is originally from British Columbia, Canada, and completed his genetic counseling graduate education at Sarah Lawrence College. He is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor in the Division of Molecular Genetics and has experience in pediatric genetics, as well as having created a toolbox for genetic counselors to raise awarenss about intimate partner violence. Scott's current clinical work focuses on rare genetic disorders of childhood. 

 

Meredith Ross, MS, CGC
Lecturer in Genetic Counseling, Department of Pediatrics

Fieldwork Supervisor: General Genetics

Meredith completed her genetic counseling graduate education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor in the Division of Clinical Genetics and the lead genetic counselor for several multidisciplinary clinics, specializing in vascular anomalies and epidermolysis bullosa. 

 

 

Megan Soucy, MS, CGC
Lecturer in Genetic Counseling, Department of Pathology & Cell Biology

Fieldwork Supervisor: Ophthalmologic Genetics, Laboratory Genetic Counseling

Megan completed her genetic counseling graduate education at Sarah Lawrence College. Megan is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor and part of the Interdepartmental Genetic Counseling Program at Columbia, bridging the gap between the ophthalmology clinics and the Precision Genomics Laboratory.

 

Erica Spiegel

Erica Spiegel, MS, CGC
Assistant Professor of Genetic Counseling, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Course Director: Reproductive Genetics, Applied Genetic Counseling 2, Reproductive Genetics Internship
Fieldwork Supervisor: Reproductive Genetics

Erica completed her genetic counseling graduate education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine and her work is focused on the integration of emerging technologies into clinical care within the field of reproductive genetics. Erica is passionate about providing high-quality care to women and families in the setting of fetal anomalies and suspected genetic diagnoses. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.

 

Elana Spitz, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Department of Pediatrics

Fieldwork Supervisor: General Genetics

Elana is originally from New York and completed her genetic counseling graduate education at Long Island University Post. She is a genetic counselor in the Division of Clinical Genetics. Elana is an experienced child life assistant and her research interest general genetics and pediatric oncology.

 

Leyla Tabanfar

Leyla Tabanfar, MS, CGC
Lecturer in Genetic Counseling, Department of Medicine

Fieldwork Supervisor: Cancer Genetics, General Genetics

Leyla is from Canada and completed her genetic counseling graduate education at Sarah Lawrence College. She is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology. Leyla provides care in the genetics clinic at Columbia and the cancer genetics clinic at both Lawrence Hospital and Hudson Valley Hospital. She is bilingual in English and Farsi.

 

 

Natalie Vena, MS, CGC
Lecturer in Genetic Counseling, Department of Medicine

Fieldwork: Translational Genomics, Nephrogenetics

Natalie completed her genetic counseling graduate education at Boston University. She is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor in the Institute of Genomic Medicine and the Division of Nephrology. Natalie’s clinical focus is the genetics of adult kidney disease and her research interests include the annotation and curation of genetic variants in the setting of Mendelian diseases, as well as the return of genetic/genomic test results to patients.

 

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Julia Wynn, MS, MS, CGC
Associate Professor of Genetic Counseling, Department of Pediatrics

Course Director: Foundations of Research 1 and 2

Julia completed her genetic counseling graduate education at the University of Texas and her masters in epidemiology at Columbia University. She is an ABGC board-certified genetic counselor in the Division of Molecular Genetics and her research focus is on the patient/participant experience of diagnostic and predictive genetic testing, as well as alternative methods of genomic education and counseling. Julia was the 2016 winner of the Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship for her research entitled “Examining the Effects of Whole Exome Sequencing (WES) and Utility of Educational Videos to Augment WES Patient Education.”