Meet the Downtown Chicago Division of Clinical Genetics Team

The Division of Clinical Genetics at Northwestern Memorial Hospital is comprised of highly trained, compassionate physician-geneticists and genetics counselors, who specialize in providing the most current genetic counseling and testing available. Our team provides comprehensive genetic counseling and testing in the areas of both reproductive and cancer genetics.

Division Chief

Jeffrey S. Dungan, MD

Jeffrey S. Dungan, MD

Primary Specialty: Reproductive Genetics

Division Administrator

Sarah Carter, MHA

Sarah Carter, MHA

Primary Specialty: Division Administration

Genetic Counselors

Genetic counselors are healthcare professionals with expertise in the field of genetics. As master’s-degree providers, they receive specialized training in both medical genetics and counseling to help individuals and their families understand how inherited diseases may impact their medical care. Genetic counselors work in a wide variety of settings, providing a number of different services.

The genetic counselors in the Division of Clinical Genetics are licensed by the State of Illinois and are deemed board-certified/eligible by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC). Specializing in reproductive and cancer genetics, our genetic counselors can help you to understand genetic inheritance, cancer and/or reproductive risk, genetic testing options, interpretation of genetic testing results, recommendations for medical care, and much more.

To find out more about genetic counselors, please visit the National Society of Genetic Counselors website: nsgc.org.

Cancer Genetics

Hayley Cassingham, MS, CGC

Hayley Cassingham, MS, CGC

Primary Specialty: Cancer Genetics
Aymara Clarke, MS, CGC

Aymara Clarke, MS, CGC

Primary Specialty: Cancer Genetics
Brittany Szymaniak, PhD, CGC

Brittany Szymaniak, PhD, CGC

Primary Specialty: Cancer Genetics

Clinical Support Staff

  • Shanika Bell, Patient Liaison, Cancer Genetics
  • Cindy Fuentes, Administrative Coordinator
  • Maurice Fuller, Patient Liaison, EDGe Program
  • ​Veronica Ramirez, Patient Liaison, Prenatal Genetics
  • Anna Grace Smith, Genetics Counselor Assistant