COLUMBUS, Ohio – Amy Sturm (43035), assistant professor of clinical internal medicine in the division of human genetics and certified genetic counselor at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and its Center for Personalized Health Care, was recently elected a member of the 2013 National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) board of directors. Sturm was nominated by her peers of the national organization for strong leadership skills, dedication and insight and significant contributions to the organization.
The National Society of Genetic Counselors is a professional society established in 1979 whose vision is the integration of genetics and genomics to improve the overall health of all. NSGC advances the various roles genetic counselors in health care by fostering education, research and public policy to ensure the availability of quality genetic services.
Most recently, Sturm was the recipient of NSGC’s 2011 Outstanding Volunteer Award, which was presented at the society’s annual national conference. She was recognized for her volunteerism toward the progress of various committees, task forces and specific projects aiming to advance multiple roles of genetic counselors in health care by promoting education, research and public policy to ensure the availability of quality genetic services.
Sturm specializes in genetic counseling and risk assessment for adult-onset genetic conditions, with her primary clinical focus being inherited forms of heart disease. She sees patients in the Cardiovascular Genetics Medicine Program, which includes the High Risk Family Heart Clinic and the Hereditary Heart Rhythm Disorders Clinic, both part of Ohio State’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital. Sturm is also one of two genetic counselors at Ohio State’s Medical Center working with the ongoing Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative and is developing a model for genomic counseling as part of this project. She also collaborates on a research project involving Family HealthLink, and was a founding co-chair of the NSGC Cardiovascular Genetics Special Interest Group (SIG) and also a founding co-chair of the NSGC Personalized Medicine SIG.
Contact: Sherri Kirk, Center for Personalized Health Care Public Relations, 614-366- 3277, or Sherri.Kirk@osumc.edu