Beth N. Peshkin, MS, CGC, LGC (Virginia) is a Professor of Oncology and the Director of Genetic Counseling at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she has been a faculty member since 1995. She is also the Education Director for the Jess and Mildred Fisher Center for Hereditary Cancer and Clinical Genomics Research and an Associate Faculty Member at the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown.
Professor 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. 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).
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 and outcomes of telephone genetic counseling, treatment decisions in high risk newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, family communication patterns, effects of internet-based decision support tools, and shared decision making about multigene panel testing. Professor Peshkin is also interested in medical student and professional education, and has been awarded grants from the Georgetown School of Medicine to develop curricula related to genomic testing.
Professor Peshkin has developed and teaches several courses in genomics, policy, and ethics. In the Fall semesters, she teaches BIOL-394, "Genomics, Disability, and Health." This course is part of the Disability Studies Course Cluster. In the summer, she teaches NURS-766, "Personalized Health Care" to DNP students. And, in Spring 2018 she debuted a new graduate course in the McCourt School of Public Policy (PPOL-661) entitled, “Genomics, Precision Medicine, and Public Policy.” She also provides several guest presentations in the School of Medicine and is a preceptor within the Health Care Ethics course.
Professor 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.