Genetic Counselor

Location: Burlington, MA
Job ID: 170755-1A
Date Posted: Jan 19, 2022
Category: Clinical Professional

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Job Description

Welcome To

Welcome to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, part of Beth Israel Lahey Health. Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is a world-renowned tertiary medical center known for its innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the hospital provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation. It is a national leader in a number of health care areas, including stroke, weight management and lung screenings, among many others. Lahey also helps to advance medicine through research and the education of tomorrow's health care leaders.

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.
  1. 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.

  1. 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.
  1. Communicates regularly with patients and families.
  1. 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. 



Organizational Requirements:

Maintain strict adherence to the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center Confidentiality policy.

Incorporate Lahey Hospital and Medical Center Standards of Behavior and Guiding Principles into daily activities.

Comply with all Lahey Hospital and Medical Center Policies.

Comply with behavioral expectations of the department and Lahey Hospital and Medical Center.

Maintain courteous and effective interactions with colleagues and patients.

Demonstrate an understanding of the job description, performance expectations, and competency assessment.

Demonstrate a commitment toward meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers and consistently adheres to Customer Service standards.

Participate in departmental and/or interdepartmental quality improvement activities. 

Participate in and successfully completes Mandatory Education.

Perform all other duties as needed or directed to meet the needs of the department.


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/Day 

About Us

Beth Israel Lahey Health is dedicated to improving health and wellness and making a difference in the lives of our patients, their families and all members of the communities we serve.  Formed in March 2019, Beth Israel Lahey Health is a patient-centered, integrated care delivery system providing a continuum of services spanning academic, tertiary and community hospitals, dedicated orthopedic and psychiatric hospitals, primary and specialty care, community acute care, ambulatory care, behavioral services and home health.  Beth Israel Lahey Health Performance Network is a unified joint contracting and population health management organization, jointly governed by participating physicians and hospitals.

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