Kelly_Ormond Academic Profile


Kelly Ormond, MS, CGC

Program Director
Associate Professor

Department of Genetics

Kelly Ormond received her bachelors degree in biology and psychology from Bucknell University, and a Master of Science degree in genetic counseling from Northwestern University; she completed a post-doctoral fellowship certificate in Clinical Medical Ethics at the MacLean Center of the University of Chicago in 2001. She is also certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC; 1996). Kelly spent 1994-1997 working in prenatal, pediatric and adult genetics and coordinating a teratology service at the University of Vermont.  In 1997 she moved to Northwestern University, where she served as program director for their genetic counseling program from 1999-2007; she was also involved in prenatal genetic counseling, coordinated a population-based carrier screening program for cystic fibrosis and diseases prevalent among Ashkenazi Jews, and most recently provided neurogenetics counseling for patients with a family history of Huntington disease, dementias, ataxias and other adult-onset disorders. Her research and education interests focus on the impact of genetics on perceptions of disabilities, ethical issues in genetics (specifically informed consent) and integrating genetics into internal medicine practice.  Kelly came to Stanford in September 2007 to serve as the inaugural program director for the MS in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling and she oversees all aspects of the program's development. 

Kelly is active in the National Society of Genetic Counselors, including co-chairing the year 2000 Annual Education Conference and on the NSGC Board of Directors as Education Chair (2001-2003), and as President (2004-2005). She is a member of the American Society of Human Genetics, the American College of Medical Genetics, the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, and was previously involved in the Organization of Teratogen Information Services; she remains an active volunteer for the March of Dimes, and was part of the steering committees to develop a state plan for genetics in Illinois and to obtain genetic counselor licensure in that state.

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