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 also the Education Director for the Jess and Mildred Fisher Center for Familial Cancer Research, and Co-Director of the Nontherapeutic Subject Registry Shared Resource.

Ms. Peshkin is nationally recognized for her clinical expertise as well as her research experience. She is a co-investigator on several federally funded grants assessing the impact of genetic counseling and testing for individuals with an inherited susceptibility to breast/ovarian cancer. These studies are examining the effectiveness of telephone genetic counseling, outcomes in newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, and the impact of internet-based adjuncts to genetic counseling. She is also interested in physician decision-making and education, and ethical issues in translational genomic medicine.

Ms. Peshkin has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, commentaries, and chapters in the field of cancer genetic counseling, testing, and management. She teaches a graduate course called “Contemporary Issues in Genetics and Society” (TBIO 558) which highlights relevant policy, public health, and ethical issues. She is also the course director for OMED 510, a fourth year School of Medicine elective in Clinical Genomics.

Ms. Peshkin lectures to students, professionals, and lay audiences, and has been interviewed by numerous local and national media outlets.


  • Certificate of Advanced Study (2006) Loyola University Medical School, Chicago, Bioethics and Health Policy
  • Certification (1996-2016) American Board of Genetic Counseling,
  • MS (1993) University of Wisconsin, Madison, Medical Genetics