Genetics: General

Dr. Susan Gross

Susan Gross, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer for prenatal testing company Natera, and is a Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Health and Clinical Pediatrics at Einstein.  She also is the Founding Director for the Program for Jewish Genetic Health of Yeshiva/Einstein.  Susan received her medical degree from University of Toronto in 1985. She then completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology followed by a Maternal Fetal Medicine fellowship at the same institution. Following this training, she completed a second residency in Medical Genetics at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. In 1994, she became a faculty member at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Einstein), Bronx, NY and in 1998, became Director of the Division of Reproductive Genetics in its Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Health.  From 2008 to 2013 she served as the chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology of Jacobi Medical Center and founded its Human Genetics Laboratory. Susan is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Medical Genetics and the Royal College of Surgeons (Canada). Sample Titles Practical Genetics Forum for Rabbis Guiding Couples through Genetic Issues: Your Piece of the Puzzle Genetic testing for young couples: It’s more than Tay-Sachs Family Health and Halacha Knowing Your Jewish Genetic Heritage: Awareness for the Sake of our Children and their Children (A Medical & Halachic...


Dr. Susan Klugman

Dr. Susan Klugman is the Director of Clinical Services and Community Outreach for the Program for Jewish Genetic Health of Yeshiva University. She is a board–certified obstetrician gynecologist and a board certified geneticist. Dr. Klugman received her medical degree from New York University in 1988 after completing her undergraduate studies in Biometry and Statistics at Cornell University. She then completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Montefiore Medical Center where she continues to practice. In 1993, she founded the Larchmont Women’s Center, a faculty practice office. In 2004, she completed a second residency in medical genetics at the same institution and since 2008 has served as the Director of Reproductive Genetics at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Klugman is also an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is a member of the Faculty Senate and the Admissions Committee. She has given lectures to many Jewish organizations over the past two decades on various topics pertaining to women’s health Sample Titles Family Health and Halacha Jewish Genetic Disease Screening in the US – Historical Perspective, Financial Considerations and Clinical Recommendations What’s Jewish About Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer – Stay Informed for Yourself and Your...


Dr. Harry Ostrer

Dr. Harry Ostrer, M.D. is Professor of Pathology, Genetics and Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Director of Genetic and Genomic Testing at Montefiore Medical Center. He investigates the genetic basis of common and rare disorders and, in the diagnostic laboratory, translates the findings of genetic discoveries into tests that can be used to identify people’s risks for having a disease prior to its occurrence or for predicting its outcome once it has occurred. Dr. Ostrer is a long-time investigator of the genetics of the Jewish people. In 2007, he organized the Jewish HapMap Project, an international effort to map and sequence the genomes of Jewish people. In a series of publications about Abraham’s Children in the Genome Era, Dr. Ostrer and his team of investigators demonstrated that the history of the Jewish Diasporas could be seen in the genomes of contemporary Jewish people. He explores the significance of a biological basis for Jewishness on individual and group identity in his forthcoming book, Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People (Oxford University Press, June 2012). He is also an investigator of the genetics of Hispanic and Latino people, including Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Ecuadorians, and Colorado Hispanos. Dr. Ostrer is an advocate for fairness in the use of genetic information. As a member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Biotechnology and the Law, he reviewed and critiqued all recently enacted legislation related to genetic testing. Currently, he is a plaintiff in the lawsuit, Association of Molecular Pathology versus Myriad Genetics. Dr. Ostrer is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He trained in pediatrics and medical genetics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and in molecular genetics at the National Institutes of Health. For 20 years, he was the director of the Human Genetics Program at New York University School of Medicine. He has received awards from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation,...


Nicole Schreiber-Agus, PhD

Nicole Schreiber-Agus is the Program Director for the Program for Jewish Genetic Health of Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is also an Assistant Professor at Einstein.  Nicole received her A.B. in Art History from Princeton University and her Ph.D. in Biomedical Research from Einstein. She was instrumental in establishing the Program for Jewish Genetic Health and she is also the founder and co-developer of, a Jewish genetics online education series.   Nicole has authored numerous scientific manuscripts and book chapters, gives lectures across the country on genetic testing-related topics, and has mentored dozens of students. Sample Titles Jewish Genetic Health in the 21st Century & What you Need to Know Genetic Carrier Screening: Preparing for new and growing families Choices and Dilemmas at the Beginning of Life Genetic Testing in 2015: How Much Information is Too Much? Cancer Risk and the Jewish...


Chani Wiesman, MS, CGC

Chani Wiesman, MS, CGC is a genetic counselor with the Program for Jewish Genetic Health of Yeshiva/Einstein and with Montefiore Medical Center, where she specializes in reproductive and cancer genetics.  Chani received her BA degree in Biology from CUNY-Queens College in 2007 and her MS degree in Genetic Counseling from Northwestern University in 2009. Prior to joining Montefiore, Chani served as a genetic counselor at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, specializing in reproductive and pediatric genetics as well as working closely with Columbia’s Cystic Fibrosis Center. Chani presents frequently in the Jewish community about Jewish genetic diseases, carrier testing and available family planning options for carrier couples. Sample Titles Genetics in Medicine: Current Applications and Future Prospects Hereditary Risk: Breast and Ovarian Cancer in the Jewish Community Jewish Genetic Diseases and Ashkenazi Jewish Carrier...

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