Samantha Goold, MS, CGC


Education: B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016.                M.S. in Genetic Counseling, University of California- Los Angeles, 2022.

Areas of Expertise: Cancer Genetics, Healthy Genetics, Direct-to-Consumer Genetics

Licenses: CA
Sees patients in: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, KS, ME, MO, MS, NC, NY, NV, SC, TX, VT, WV, WY, U.S. territories, and internationally.

Affiliations and Disclosures: Providence St. Jude Medical Center

Biography: Samantha is a board-certified, licensed genetic counselor who specializes in cancer genetics. She received her Bachelor of Science in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from MIT and received her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from UCLA. Her master’s research focused on health disparities in engagement with cancer genetic counseling, earning her the National Society of Genetic Counselors 2022 Annual Education Conference People’s Choice Poster.

With a patient-centered approach, Samantha has built a reputation for her empathetic and attentive care. She makes it her mission to elucidate complex genetic information, ensuring that her patients feel empowered and informed. She has experience working with diverse patient populations and provides evidence-based care and comprehensive genetic counseling and genetic testing.

In her current role, Samantha provides genetic counseling for patients with or at risk for hereditary cancer syndromes. She is developing programs to provide personalized screening and management for patients with increased genetic and empiric cancer risk and also heads her hospital’s genetics and risk assessment program in mammography. Beyond cancer care, Samantha has experience providing genetics services to patients in a variety of settings, including pediatrics, prenatal, general genetics, and immunology genetics. She also has experience with variant interpretation, which is the process of determining whether a given genetic alteration causes disease.

Samantha is active in the genetic counseling community and is passionate about increasing access to genetic counseling services for all patients. Samantha joined Grey Genetics in service of this mission. She believes that universal access to genetics services is aided by providing genetic counseling and genetic testing directly to the patients who need them, at the patient’s convenience and in the comfort of their own home. She offers genetic counseling for patients concerned about their family history of cancer, as well as patients who are interested in how their genetics may affect their health, regardless of their personal or family history.

She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and serves on the Advocacy Coordinating Community, where she is involved in the effort to pass federal legislation to increase access to genetic counseling services nationwide. She is also a member of the Southern California Genetic Counselors.

Selected Posters and Presentations:

  • Goold S, Hoover A, Kamara D, Karlan B, Lajonchere C, Palmer C. Health Disparities in Genetic Counseling for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) in a Large Academic Medical Center. National Society of Genetic Counselors Annual Education Conference; Nov 16-20, 2022; Nashville, TN. Poster Presentation.
  • Phillips, J., Ong, D. C., Surtees, A. D., Xin, Y., Williams, S., Saxe, R., & Frank, M. C. (2015). A Second Look at Automatic Theory of Mind: Reconsidering Kovács, Téglás, and Endress (2010). Psychological science, 26(9), 1353–1367.