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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. In the course of her career, she has counseled over 700 individuals at-risk for hereditary cancer. 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, as well as studying ethical issues in translational genomic medicine.

In 2012, Ms. Peshkin joined the Huntington Disease Care,Education and Research Center, a joint program between MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Georgetown University Medical Center. There she joins a multidisciplinary team of professionals and is involved in research and education about this disease.

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.

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