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Leila Jamal ScM, PhD, CGC

Leila Jamal ScM, PhD, CGC

Leila Jamal, Sc.M., Ph.D. is a certified genetic counselor and bioethicist with clinical experience in pediatric neurology, oncology, and immunology. She is currently the Associate Director for Cancer Genomics in the Johns Hopkins/NIH Genetic Counseling master's degree program, with joint appointments to the National Cancer Institute and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In this role, she is responsible for updating and modernizing the program’s cancer genomics curriculum, which includes developing and evaluating new approaches to using standardized patients in clinical genetic counseling training.

Dr. Jamal's research interests include: How to apply ethical principles to genetic counseling practice both conceptually and pragmatically; how familial and individual interests in genetic information should be conceptualized and balanced; how ethical guidelines about genomics should be implemented in settings with different kinds of resource constraints, and how secondary findings are returned and followed up on in patients who receive research sequencing.

Dr. Jamal holds a master's degree in genetic counseling from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). She also holds a PhD in health policy and management (bioethics concentration) from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She currently serves on the Jane Engelberg Memorial Foundation Advisory Group for the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) and is a past chair of the NSGC's Public Policy Committee.

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