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Joan A. Scott, M.S., C.G.C., Named Executive Director of NCHPEG

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NCHPEG is pleased to announce that Joan A. Scott, M.S., C.G.C., has agreed to accept the position of Executive Director upon current Executive Director Joseph McInerney’s retirement. The changes are effective September 7, 2010.

“I am very excited about the opportunity of working with the NCHPEG staff and board,” said Joan. “Genomics has the potential to profoundly change how we practice medicine, making NCHPEG’s mission even more critical to ensure that health professionals have the tools and information they need to incorporate those changes into practice.”

Joan is a certified genetic counselor with more than 30 years of experience in clinical genetics, education, the biotechnology industry, and genetic policy whose career has focused on the application of genomic discoveries to healthcare. Joan is currently the Director of the Genetics and Public Policy Center at Johns Hopkins University.

altThe Center is widely regarded as one of Washington’s most important sources of objective policy analysis on genetics. Prior to joining the Center in 2002, she was a director in the genomics company Gene Logic, Inc., where she oversaw the operations of a large biobank for use in genomic discovery. She also served as general manager and director of genetic services for the clinical diagnostic lab OncorMed from 1994-1998. Clinically, she has practiced in a variety of academic, outreach, and private practice settings including pediatric, adult, and reproductive genetic clinics, and oversaw the genetic counseling training program at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (1984-1989). While at the University, she was instrumental in developing a train-the-trainer genetics education program for health professionals. She is a past president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, and helped set certification standards for genetic counselors while serving on the American Board of Genetic Counselors. Her research interests include public, researcher, and healthcare provider attitudes and practices about the applications of genomic research on health care. She holds an M.S. (Human Genetics Program) from Sarah Lawrence College and a B.A. in Anthropology and Zoology from Kent State University. Joan holds certification from the American Board of Medical Genetics, sub specializing in Genetic Counseling.

Joan has served on numerous national committees and task forces including the Evaluation of Genomic Applications in Practice and Prevention Working Group for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society, Task Force on DTC Genetic Testing; the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Human Biobank Administrative Working Group; the Center for Translational and Policy Research on Personalized Medicine Advisory Committee at the University of California San Francisco; and the Genetic Alliance Biobank Advisory Board.

“We are very pleased that Joan has agreed to join NCHPEG as Executive Director,” said David Gale, Chairman of the NCHPEG Board of Directors. “While we are sad to lose Joe after 10 years of leadership, we are excited about the background and experience that Joan brings and have confidence in her ability to lead NCHPEG in this next stage.”

NCHPEG was founded in 1996 as an "organization of organizations" committed to a national effort to promote health professional education and access to information about advances in human genetics. NCHPEG members are an interdisciplinary group of leaders from more than 50 diverse health professional organizations, consumer and volunteer groups, government agencies, private industry, managed care organizations, and genetics professional societies. By bringing together these diverse groups to focus on the educational needs of health care professionals, NCHPEG is able to draw on the collective experience and expertise to promote genetics education in a variety of ways.


For more information contact:

 Dr. David D. Gale,

Chairman, NCHPEG Board of Directors, and

Dean, College of Health Sciences

 Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, Kentucky 40475-3100

Phone: 859-622-1523