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November 3, 2011

StrumAmyCOLUMBUS, Ohio – Amy Sturm, assistant professor of clinical internal medicine in the division of human genetics and certified genetic counselor at The Ohio State University Medical Center and its Center for Personalized Health Care, is among only a few National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) leadership award winners honored for their dedication and significant contributions to the organization. 

Sturm is the recipient of NSGC’s 2011 Outstanding Volunteer Award, which was presented recently at the society’s annual national conference held in San Diego.  She was recognized for her volunteerism toward the progress of various committees, task forces and specific projects aiming to advance multiple roles of genetic counselors in health care by promoting education, research and public policy to ensure the availability of quality genetic services. 

Sturm specializes in genetic counseling and risk assessment for adult-onset genetic conditions, and is clinically interested in inherited forms of heart disease. She sees patients in the Medical Genetics Program and also coordinates and sees patients in The High Risk Family Heart Clinic and The Hereditary Heart Rhythm Disorders Clinic, both part of Ohio State’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital. Sturm is one of two genetic counselors at Ohio State’s Medical Center working with the ongoing Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative. She also collaborates on a research project involving Family HealthLink, an online tool that assesses risk for cancer and coronary heart disease, and is a founding member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors Personalized Medicine Special Interest Group. 

The National Society of Genetic Counselors is a professional society established in 1979 to integrate genetics and genomics. NSGC promotes professional interests of genetic counselors and provides a network for professional communications, local and national continuing education opportunities and discussions about human genetics.                                  

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Contact: Sherri Kirk, Center for Personalized Health Care Strategic Communications, 614-366- 3277, or Sherri.Kirk@osumc.edu