Larissa Waldman, MS, CGC

Education: Honours Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BAS) – Molecular Biology and Genetics, Psychology, University of Guelph. Master of Science (MSc) in Genetic Counselling, University of Toronto.

Areas of Expertise: Pediatrics, Cancer, Healthy Genetics, Direct-To-Consumer

Affiliations and Disclosures: The Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, ON)

Biography: Larissa earned her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree from the University of Guelph in 2016, and her Master of Science in Genetic Counselling from the University of Toronto in 2018. She is an American Board Certified Genetic Counsellor with interest and experience in precision medicine, including precision oncology.

Larissa works at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Ontario. Her role consists of both research and clinical duties. Within her clinical role, Larissa works with patients and medical teams from a variety of specialty clinics, including epilepsy, oncology, nephrogenetics, genodermatoses, and developmental delay.

Within her research role, Larissa works with a diverse team of oncologists, genome analysts, and bioinformaticians on a precision oncology program. This program provides extensive genetic testing on both normal (“germline”) and tumour (“somatic”) tissues, to better understand diagnoses, and identify inherited cancer risks and options for treatment.

Larissa is passionate about making precision medicine accessible and understandable to populations outside of traditional genetics’ clinics. She has led a webinar series within the Precision Medicine Special Interest Group of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC), introducing new genetic tests to practicing genetic counsellors through interviews with product representatives. Larissa is currently a community curator within the NIH-funded ClinGen Actionability Working Group.

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