Genetic Counselors

What is a Genetic Counselor?

  • Traditionally, a genetic counselor has a master’s degree in genetic counseling and has studied genetic diseases and how those diseases run in families.
  • The genetic counselor can help a person understand their risk and can assess the risk of passing their disease on to children.
  • They will discuss genetic testing, coordinate testing, and interpret those results.
  • Genetic counselors work as part of a health care team to help people make informed decisions about their health.
  • To find a genetic counselor outside of the Kansas City area, visit the National Society of Genetic Counselors and click on Find a Counselor.

If you have a family history, a discussion with a certified genetic counselor will give you information on potential benefits, limitations and risks of genetic testing.

The cost for genetic testing can cost up to several thousand dollars. Insurance policies vary with regard to whether they cover the cost. People who are considering genetic testing may want to find out more about their particular insurance company’s policies as well as the privacy protection laws in their state before submitting the charge for the test.


Kansas City Area Genetic Counselors

University of Kansas Medical Center

  • Debra Collins, M.S., C.G.C.
  • Devin Cox, M.S.
  • Alisdair “Rod” Philp

University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, KS 66207
(913) 588-3859

Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute

  • Whitney Ford, M.S.
  • Kallie Weinand, M.S.

Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute
4321 Washington, Suite 4000
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 932-2079

Miscellaneous

  • Lenna Levitch, M.S. Director, CAARE (Cancer Assessment And Risk Evaluation Program)
  • Molly Lund, M.S., C.G.C.
  • Patricia “Tricia” Shires, M.S., C.G.C.
  • Ashley Davis, M.S.
  • Research Medical Center
    2316 E. Meyer Blvd., Suite 1W
    Kansas City, MO 64132
    (816) 276-9005
  • Menorah Medical Center
    5721 W. 119th Street
    Overland Park, KS 66209
    (913) 498-6723
  • Heartland Regional Medical Center – Cancer Center
    902 N. Riverside Rd., Suite 201
    St. Joseph, MO 64506
    (816) 271-7280
  • Research Medical Center – Belton – (816) 276-9005
  • Centerpoint Medical Center – Independence – (913) 498-6723
  • Overland Park Regional Medical Center – (913) 498-6723

*Please note that this may not be a complete list of Genetic Counselors.