Eleanor Griffith, MS, CGC
Education: B.A., English, Saint Olaf College, 2003. M.S., Human Genetics, Sarah Lawrence College, 2011.
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Areas of Expertise: Cancer Genetics, Prenatal Genetics, Healthy Genetics, Cardiovascular Genetics, Direct-to-Consumer
Licenses: AL, AR, CA, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IA, IL, IN, LA, MA, MI, MN, MT, NE, NJ, ND, NM, OH, OK, OR, PA, SD, TN, UT, VA, WA
Biography: Eleanor is the owner and founder of Grey Genetics. She founded the Grey Genetics Network to provide a platform for patients and genetic counselors to connect directly.
Eleanor has over a decade of experience in genetic counseling. She started her career at a public hospital in an OBGYN clinic where she provided genetic counseling in English and Spanish, mostly for prenatal indications. She then went on to work at the Center for Advanced Digestive Care at Weill Cornell Medicine in Manhattan where she provided genetic counseling related to hereditary cancer syndromes affecting the GI tract (ex. colon and stomach cancers). She spent three years working at Myriad Genetics, the first laboratory to commercialize genetic testing for the BRCA genes. At Phosphorus, an innovative Manhattan startup, she trained on Cardiovascular Genetics. At Grey Genetics, she has become familiar with the fast-changing landscape of Direct-to-Consumer testing to be able to serve a new group of clients.
Eleanor is passionate about supporting clients who are seeking a deeper understanding of the utility of genetic testing results for their own medical care as well as implications for family members. She is a native English speaker but is also available to counsel patients in French and Spanish, which she learned from studying and living abroad.
Publications & Presentations:
- Host of Patient Stories podcast
- “Meet Eleanor Griffith: Founder and Genetic Counselor of Grey Genetics“
Author of many of the blog posts on the Grey Genetics News Corner:
- What Can 23andMe Results Tell You About Your Breast Cancer Risk?
- New Guidelines Recommend Genetic Testing for Men with Prostate Cancer
- Why Have You Never Heard of Lynch Syndrome?
- You Have a Right to Your Data…. but Is It Really Your Data if It’s Inaccurate?
- All patients with pancreatic cancer now meet guidelines for hereditary cancer testing.
- Is Pancreatic Cancer Hereditary?
- Not Everything is Genetic!
- Family history matters–even and especially when genetic testing results are negative.
- Missing Opportunities to Prevent Ovarian Cancer
- NCCN Expands Genetic Testing Criteria to Include More Women with Breast Cancer
- What Can Your 23andMe Results Tell You about Your Colorectal Cancer Risk?
- What Can 23andMe Results Tell You about Your Cholesterol-Related Risks?