Geisinger’s Sturm is new president-elect of NSGC

DANVILLE — Amy Curry Sturm, professor and director of cardiovascular genomic counseling at Geisinger Health System, has been named president-elect of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

“I’m overwhelmingly humbled and excited for this honor and for the support of my professional peers in being elected to the NSGC board as president-elect,” Sturm said. “I look forward to developing and implementing the strategic initiatives of our society on behalf of all members of the NSGC.”

The society advances the various roles of genetic counselors in health care by fostering education, research, and public policy to ensure the availability of quality genetic services.

In part because of its nationally recognized genetics program, the MyCode Community Health Initiative, Geisinger employs over 25 genetic counselors working in both research and clinical positions and is recruiting more.

Sturm’s research interests include cardiovascular genetics with a special focus on familial hypercholesterolemia. Sturm also is interested in developing innovative programs for the delivery of results to patients in large-scale, genetic population health programs, such as MyCode, which are so new there is little precedent to follow.