Meet the Team: Veena Ganesh
North Florida Doctor Magazine | October 2013
Name: Veena Ganesh
Title: Genetic Counselor
What is your background (experience and education)?
I have a M.S. Genetic Counseling degree from Long Island University and a M.S. Biotechnology degree from Indiana University Bloomington.
Please tell me a little about your position.
I work with physicians and other healthcare providers to identify patients who may have an underlying hereditary predisposition to developing cancer. As a genetic counselor, I combine the patient’s medical history and family history information gathered by completing a three generation pedigree to provide a personalized risk assessment to help guide appropriate genetic testing options. As part of pre-test counseling, I discuss the benefits and limitations of genetic testing. If patients elect to undergo testing, I coordinate testing, discuss potential costs and counsel patients on the meaning of their test results for both their care and the care of their family. Identification of inherited cancer syndromes identifies high risk individuals in order to promote awareness, early detection and cancer prevention through appropriate medical management.
How long have you been there?
I have been providing genetic counseling services at St. Vincent’s since October 2012.
What do you love about your job? I love having the opportunity to get to know the patient and their families. An important piece of the genetic counseling session is collecting a comprehensive medical history and a three generation family history. I think this is the best part of the job because I learn so much about individuals when they tell me “their story.” It helps me understand their motivations for seeking genetic counseling so that I may tailor the discussion to meet their unique needs.
Please describe one or two things about your job that people may not know.
I am available as a resource to educate patients, health care providers and the public about topics related to genetics.
What’s the most interesting thing about your job?
I enjoy my job because the field of genetics advances at a rapid pace so that I am always learning something new.
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