Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford Genetic Counselor - Clinic-Hosp-OB Genetics (1.0 FTE, Days) in Palo Alto, California

Psychology&Social Science

1.0 FTE, 8 Hour Day Shifts

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is the heart and soul of Stanford Children’s Health. Nationally ranked and internationally recognized, our 311-bed hospital is devoted entirely to pediatrics and obstetrics. Our six centers of excellence provide comprehensive services and deep expertise in key obstetric and pediatric areas: brain & behavior, cancer, heart, pregnancy & newborn, pulmonary and transplant. We also provide an additional, wide range of services for babies, kids and pregnant moms.

The Perinatal Genetic Counselor will work aspart of a collaborative, inter-professional team of genetic counselorsclinical geneticists, and maternal fetal medicine specialistswithin the Perinatal Diagnostic Center at Stanford Children’s Health – Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. This position is based primarily at the main campus of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, with the possibility of travel to one of our five unique satellite offices. We work with all populations of the greater Bay Area providing our services for a wide variety of indications including complex anomalies through our Fetal and Pregnancy Health Program. Additionally, as part of a tertiary care center with a world-renowned reputation, we receive international referrals for complex cases. The Perinatal Genetic Counselor at LPCH works independently but with access to all of the resources that our high-level academic institution has to offer. The successful candidatewill also have opportunities to collaborate with almost 50 genetic counselors who workwithin a variety of disciplines in clinical, research, and laboratory settingson campus and to teach/supervise in the Stanford University MS Program in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling. To learn more about this position, please call Meg Homeyer, Perinatal Genetic Counseling Supervisor directly at 650-723-9090 or by e-mail at

Essential Functions

  • Assists families to understand alternatives for dealing with risk of genetic disorders, choose the course of action they deem appropriate and act in accordance with that decision, and make the best possible adjustment to the disorder in an affected family member and/or to the risk of recurrence of that disorder.

  • Counsels patients regarding the significance of genetic disorders, inheritance patterns, recurrence risks for birth defects and genetic disorders, and management of a given diagnosis. Conveys complex genetic information, test results, and address the emotional impact of such information to patients and families, both in person and by telephone, using understandable terminology and knowledge of genetic and psychosocial principles.

  • Determines current knowledge regarding specific diagnoses, including modalities of testing, treatment options, and genetic basis. Recommends specialized genetic testing.

  • Educates patients regarding their risks/options; explains disease signs and symptoms, probability of recurrence, prognosis, diagnostic methods/procedures, alternate courses of action and available options.

  • Ensures that patients and/or family understand implications, risks and benefits of genetic testing, should testing be indicated. Coordinates genetic testing, interprets the results, and communicates this information to the patient and referring clinician.

  • Maintains case documentation and prepares detailed genetic counseling summary letters for referring clinicians.

  • Makes appropriate referrals to social service agencies, parent support groups, and other specialists.

  • Obtains detailed family and pregnancy histories to identify potential risk factors and inheritance patterns; obtains and analyzes all pertinent medical records; reviews medical genetics literature to develop a clinically appropriate counseling plan; and obtains and documents informed consent for procedures and tests.

  • Provides specialty consultation and education to other health care professionals, health sciences students, and others staff on genetic diseases, birth defects, prenatal diagnosis and genetic screening. Responds to genetic inquiries from other hospital departments and clinics.

  • Reviews referrals and prioritizes cases for genetic counseling with an individual or couple concerning their risk of having a baby born with a birth defect or genetic disease based on factors such as maternal age, family history, stage of pregnancy and likelihood of genetic disorder recurrence.

  • Works with health care team in development and implementation of the care plan.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

Education:Master's degree in a work-related field/discipline from an accredited college or university.

License/Certification:CGCL - Valid California license as a Genetic Counselor.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to develop a clinically appropriate genetic counseling plan.

  • Ability to ensure that all recommended testing ordered is completed and that patients have been appropriately informed of the results.

  • Ability to present relevant genetic information to individuals and families from diverse cultural backgrounds in an informed, compassionate manner and to help families obtain the medical and social services they may need.

  • Ability to provide genetic, medical, and technical information in a comprehensive, understandable, nondirective manner to patients and families.

  • Knowledge of and ability to apply genetic counseling methods and techniques.

  • Knowledge of genetic diseases and disorders, birth defects, risks/options, and prenatal diagnosis screening tools.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability. Women and men, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.