Genetic Counselor

Location: Burlington, MA
Job ID: 154932-1A
Date Posted: May 21, 2019

Job Description

About the Job

The primary responsibility of this individual will be to see patients and provide genetic counseling at the Familial Cancer Risk Assessment Center.  He/she will assess the patient’s risk for cancer, the probability of a hereditary cancer syndrome, provide education about cancer genetics including possible cancer risks and appropriate management, and the coordination of genetic testing and communication of test results.  This individual works closely with the current cancer genetic counselor, Lahey physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, as well as the administration to continue to develop the growing cancer genetics program and provide excellent patient care within a multidisciplinary setting. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities including but not limited to:

1. Obtain detailed family history and provide risk assessment. Order appropriate genetic tests and provide interpretation of test results.

2. Develop and initiate follow-up plan based on genetic tests results by collaborating with physicians, other health care professional and family members. Provide counseling and education to both the patient and the family. Ensures the treatment plan is individualized based on the patient’s and family’s understanding.

3. Assists patients in areas other than the primary specialty included but not limited to recognizing the patient’s mental and physical conditions and initiates assistance from other health care professionals.

4. Provides thorough and accurate documentation in the medical record by documenting all pertinent data, including family histories, risk assessments, genetic test results and appropriate follow-up.

5. Communicates regularly with patients and families.

6. Communicates appropriately with staff physicians, fellows, residents if applicable and clinical and administrative staff.

7. Follows-up on all ordered genetic tests.

8. Acts as a clinical resource to the Lahey staff.

9. Documents accurate family and medical histories. Obtains records and other supporting documents to verify information provided by the patient.

10. Coordinates genetic testing logistics, including sample collection and shipment, verification of insurance authorization for testing and communication of genetic testing results with other providers and family members.  Completes necessary insurance paperwork and follow up for gene testing.

11. Provides appropriate referrals and support based on the results of genetic testing. Assists patient in communicating results with other providers and family members. Helps facilitate additional surveillance and consults for patients who are determined to be high risk.

 12. Maintains patient tracking data base to facilitate appropriate and timely follow-up for patients considering and pursuing genetic testing.

13. Provides support and participates in departmental programs (i.e. tumor boards, education conferences/symposia) to educate and update team members on issues related to genetic counseling and testing, including genetic discrimination, privacy and confidentiality, available genetic tests and guidelines for referral and follow-up of high risk patients.

14. Provides education and supervision for rotation genetic counseling students from Boston University and Brandeis University.

15. Demonstrates accountability for professional growth and job performance by seeking opportunities to enhance job skills and knowledge by attending educational conferences/meetings.  Serves on Lahey’s Genetic Advisory Board and Cancer Committee. Collaborates with other departments to develop programs aimed at identifying at risk patients (i.e. Mammography, Pathology) who would benefit from genetic counseling and testing.

16. Prepares for patient visits by mailing the family history packets and obtaining appropriate medical records. 

Minimum Qualifications:


Master’s Degree in Genetic Counseling from an accredited American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) program.

Licensure, Certification & Registration:

ABGC (American Board of Genetic Counseling) certified or Eligible (CGC); or State of MA Licensed (LGC); or provisionally licensed if board eligible (PGC).


1-3 years of experience in cancer genetic counseling preferred but new graduates considered.

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:

Advanced skills with Microsoft applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access and other web-based applications. May produce complex documents, perform analysis and maintain databases.

SHIFT: 40 hours, 1st shift.


About Us

The Lahey Model of Care—right care, right time, right place—is exactly what patients, providers and payers need and deserve. Identifying and delivering on this convergence of interests has positioned Lahey Health for further growth. Our model ensures care is highly coordinated and locally delivered, with lower costs and exceptional quality.

Lahey Health is a robust, regional system including a teaching hospital, community hospitals, primary care providers, specialists, behavioral and home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, and senior care resources throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. The system has a global presence with programs in Canada, Jordan and Bermuda.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.