Cassie Hajek is a Sioux Falls, SD native. She graduated from the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine and completed Internal Medicine residency at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx NY. Prior to completing medical genetics fellowship at the UCLA Intercampus Medical Genetics Program, she practiced outpatient internal medicine at Sanford Adult Medicine in Sioux Falls. Her training was focused on Adult Genetics and the genetics of common complex disease and genomic contribution to risk. Since completing her training in June 2016, she has been a leader in the development of Sanford Health’s preemptive genetic screening program. This has included the design and launch of a system-wide education and return of results program. She is committed to identifying new approaches to integrating genetics and genomics in the care of patients and currently serves as the physician chair and medical director for the Sanford Imagenetics program.
Genomics is at an inflection point. Dramatic declines in sequencing costs and significant advances in our understanding of the genome means we’re moving closer to a world where genomics is the standard of care. Evidence is emerging that population-level screening drives meaningful clinical impact with ~1 in 30 people having an actionable result, but up to 90% of them are missed under current guidelines. Leading health systems are working to solve this by offering broad genetic screening to their communities. But questions remain about how to handle results when millions of people are screened. The tools and services to enable this are critical, including patient- and physician-friendly results, educational materials, and genetic counseling. In this session, healthcare leaders will discuss how they scale return of results and improve outcomes for their communities.