Cancer Genetics Management in Primary Care

This continuing medical education workshop took place on November 19, 2019 at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, located on UB's downtown campus. In attendance were physicians, nurses, students, and other health care professionals interested in learning how to use family history information to identify patients who might benefit from increased cancer screening, genetic testing, and/or referral to a genetics specialist. 

The program featured:

  • Interactive cases with real-time patient interaction and small group discussion
  • Monthly online educational opportunities to reinforce and build on skills
  • Access to mobile resources to help you implement these new skills into practice

In this CME workshop, participants learned how to:

  • Identify patients with high hereditary cancer risk
  • Communicate benefits and limitations of genetic testing to patients
  • Provide guidance to patients about risk-reducing options
  • Apply evidence-based guidelines for clinical management decision-making


Jennifer Surtees, PhD, Department of Biochemistry, University at Buffalo                                                          Jacobs School of Biomedical Sciences 

Kate Reed, MS, CGC, The Jackson Laboratory

Keynote Address

David Newberger, MD, UBMD Family Medicine, Vice Chair for Faculty Development,  JSMBS

Introduction to  Genomic  Variation

Kate Reed, MS, CGC

Family History Collection for Cancer Risk Assessment

Linda Steinmark, MS, LGC, The Jackson Laboratory

Identifying Red Flags & Patterns to Stratify Risk

Linda Steinmark, MS, LGC

Communicating Benefits & Limitations of Genetic Testing

Karen Gutierrez, FNP, AGN, ANCC-BC, General Physicians  PC

Interpreting Genetic Testing Results

Karen Gutierrez, FNP, AGN-ANCC-BC

Management &  Guidelines

Joseph DeNagy, DO, MPH, UBMD Obstetrics & Gynecology


Standardized Patient: Judy Clark, MD, JSMBS

Provider: Suzanne Griffith, MD, UBMD Obstetrics &  Gynecology