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Janet L Williams, MS, LGC

Director, Research Genetic Counselors


Genomic Medicine Institute
100 North Academy Avenue
Danville, PA 17822
Phone: 570-214-7942
Fax: 570-271-7342


MS, Medical Genetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1977-1979


Genomics, Genetics, Comparative Effectiveness, Rare Diseases, Health Services


Clinical Genetic Counseling,Whole genome sequencing clinical research, Qualitative research involving patients and providers, Billing and Reimbursement for genetic counselors, Ethical Issues


I am very interested in how to educate and consent individuals for genomic sequencing applications. In addition, I am interested in how best to reach providers with the information that need to incorporate genomic information into their routine care for patients. This requires new approaches to communicate with patients and providers as well as new methods to access huge amounts of data, theoretically throughout an individual’s lifetime. There are informatics challenges which involve the physical storage of the data, but also the question of the preferences on the part of providers and patients (and their family members) as to long term access and application of the information gathered. I am an investigator in the whole genome sequencing research currently conducted through the Genomic Medicine Institute. 

Enlisting the partnership of patients and providers in designing reports of genome sequencing results is the focus of a project funded through the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) as a Communication and Dissemination award. The work has led to development of a web-enabled enhanced report available to patients and providers through access to the electronic health record.


Stuckey H, Williams JL, Fan AL, Rahm AK, Green J, Feldman L, Bonhag M, Zallen DT, Segal MM, Williams MS. (2015, Jun). Enhancing Genomic Laboratory Reports From the Patients’ View: A Qualitative Analysis. Am J Med Genet A , Epub ahead of print.   

Williams JL, Faucett WA, Smith-Packard B, Wagner M, Williams MS . (2014, Aug). An assessment of time involved in pre-test case review and counseling for a Whole Genome Sequencing Clinical Research Program. J Genet Counsel , 23(4), 516-521.   

Brothers KB, Lynch JA, Aufox SA, Connolly JJ, Gelb BD, Holm IA, Sanderson SC, McCormick JB, Williams JL, Wolf WA, Antommaria AHM, Clayton EW. (2014, Nov). Practical Guidance on Informed Consent for Pediatric Participants in a Biorepository. Mayo Clinic Proceedings , 89(11):147-80.   

Gudgeon JM, Belnap TW, Williams JL, Williams MS. (2013, Jul). Impact of Age Cut-offs on a Lynch Syndrome Screening Program.. J Oncol Practice , 9(4),175-179.   

Gudgeon JM, Williams JL, Burt RW, Samowitz WS, Snow GL, Williams MS. (2011, Aug). Lynch Syndrome Screening Implementation: Business Analysis by a Healthcare System. Am J Manag Care , 17(8):e288-e300.   

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