Speaker Profile

Genetic Counselor, Supervisor, Center for Individualized Medicine, Mayo Clinic

Teresa Kruisselbrink is the Genetic Counselor Supervisor in the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine. She began her career in 1997 at Mayo Clinic by establishing the role of the laboratory-based genetic counselor in Molecular Genetics, Biochemical Genetics, Cytogenetics, and Maternal Serum Screening. She has provided genetic counseling in Medical Genetics, Neurology, Obstetrics, Cardiology and outreach clinics. Ms. Kruisselbrink contributes to numerous educational programs including Mayo Medical School, Graduate School, and fellowship and residency programs in the laboratory and clinical environments. She is also actively involved in mentoring high school and college students wishing to pursue a career in genetic counseling. Teresa received her BS in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology, and Genetics and MS in Genetic Counseling from the University of Minnesota. She is an Instructor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology.

 Session Abstract – PMWC 2020 Silicon Valley

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.