Beth N Peshkin


SOM Medical Educator Track -- Professor


Population Sciences
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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 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 genetically 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.

Ms. Peshkin is strongly committed to professional education. She is a member of the Cancer Genetics Editorial Board and Psychosocial/Behavioral Issues Working Group for the NIH/NCI Physician Data Query (PDQ). This Board produces state-of-the-art reviews on hereditary cancer for health professionals. Ms. Peshkin has been awarded grants from the Georgetown School of Medicine to develop curricula for medical students about genomic testing. In addition, she teaches a new undergraduate course (BIOL-265), “Genetics, Health, and Disability in Film, Literature, and the Media” and in 2018 she will teach a new graduate course in the McCourt School of Public Policy (PPOL-661) entitled, “Genomics, Precision Medicine, and Public Policy.” She is also a preceptor for the School of Medicine's second year Health Care Ethics course.

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.


  • Certificate of Advanced Study (2006) Loyola University Medical School, Chicago, Bioethics and Health Policy
  • Certification, Diplomate (1996-2021) American Board of Genetic Counseling,
  • MS (1993) University of Wisconsin, Madison, Medical Genetics