Beth N. Peshkin, MS, CGC

Education Director/Genetic Counselor

Beth N. Peshkin, MS, CGC is a Professor of Oncology and the Senior Genetic Counselor at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she has been a faculty member since 1995.  She is the Education Director for the Jess and Mildred Fisher Center for Hereditary Cancer and Clinical Genomics Research, and Co-Director of the Nontherapeutic Subject Registry Shared Resource.  Ms. Peshkin is also an Associate Faculty Member at the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown.  

Ms. Peshkin is nationally recognized for her clinical and research expertise. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, commentaries, and chapters related to cancer genetic counseling and testing, patient management, and bioethics. She has given over 145 invited presentations and lectures to international, national, and local audiences of professionals, students, and the public, and has been interviewed frequently by several high profile national and local media outlets.  As a lead or co-investigator on several federally funded grants, her research focuses on various outcomes of genetic counseling and testing for hereditary breast/ovarian cancer.  These studies have examined the effectiveness of telephone genetic counseling, treatment decisions in high risk newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, family communication patterns, effects of internet-based adjuncts to genetic counseling, and shared decision making about multigene panel testing.  She is also a member of the Cancer Genetics Editorial Board and Psychosocial/Behavioral Issues Working Group for the NIH/NCI Physician Data Query (PDQ).  

Ms. Peshkin has developed and taught courses in genomics and ethics.  In the Fall 2016, she will teach her new undergraduate course in the Biology Department (BIOL-265), "Genetics, Health, and Disability in Film, Literature, and the Media."  In the Spring 2017 semester, she will teach her new graduate course in McCourt School of Public Policy (PPOL-661) entitled, “Genomics, Precision Medicine, and Public Policy.” She is also a small group preceptor for a required second-year medical ethics course in the School of Medicine, which is held in the spring semesters.   Ms. Peshkin and her genetic counseling colleague, Susan Estabrooks Hahn, are co-authoring a textbook tentatively entitled, Genetics and Genomics Through the Lifespan:  Health, Policy, and Ethics (J. Ross Publishing, Inc., Plantation, FL).  

Ms. Peshkin received her Master of Science degree in Medical Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993, and is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. She also holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Bioethics and Health Policy from the Loyola School of Medicine in Chicago.