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The Risk Assessment Team at Fox Chase Cancer Center

Michael J. Hall, MD
Chair, Department of Clinical Genetics
Associate Professor
Director, Gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and endocrine risk assessment
Hall specializes in cancers of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, with a specific interest in pancreas, small bowel, and colon tumors. Dr. Hall's recent research has focused on the risk of pancreatic cancer in BRCA 1/2 mutation carriers, risk communication, racial/ethnic disparities in genetic testing, and the costs and benefits of pharmacogenomics, or the study of how genes affect a person's response to drugs, and other genetic testing in the treatment of cancer.

Mary B. Daly, MD, PhD, FACP
Timothy R. Talbot Jr. Chair for Cancer Research
A leader in cancer prevention and risk assessment at Fox Chase, Daly began one of the first risk assessment programs in the country in 1991 for people with a history of breast and/or ovarian cancer. Her primary areas of research include the epidemiologic and genetic aspects of breast and ovarian cancer, and the translation of this information into effective cancer prevention.

Elias Obeid, MD, MPH
Attending Physician, Breast Cancer
Assistant Professor of Clinical Genetics and Medical Oncology
Director, Breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer risk assessment
Obeid is an expert in breast cancer, cancer risk assessment and prevention, hereditary cancer syndromes and medical ethics. He stresses the focus Fox Chase places on working as a team to individualize the care of every patient, as a member of the risk assessment program and the breast cancer service line.

Kristen D. Whitaker, MD
Attending Physician, Breast Cancer
Assistant Professor of Clinical Genetics
Dr. Whitaker sees patients with Breast malignancies.

Genetic Counselors

Your genetic counselor will review your medical and family history in order to determine the personal and inherited factors that could affect your risk of developing cancer.  They will help you understand the influence of these different risk factors and help to coordinate genetic testing, if appropriate.

Hannah Campbell, ScM, LCGC
Genetic Counselor
Hannah is a licensed and board-certified genetic counselor. Originally from Cheltenham, Hannah left the Philadelphia area to earn a degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from Connecticut College. After graduation, she joined the Lymphoma Clinical Trials group at Weill Cornell Medicine where she helped to coordinate treatment for patients on clinical drug trials, and collaborated on projects aimed at identifying risk factors for lymphoma. Hannah went on to receive my Masters in Genetic Counseling from the Johns Hopkins/ National Institutes of Health Genetic Counseling Program, where she recently completed her training.

Michelle McSweeny, MS, LCGC
Genetic Counselor
McSweeny is a licensed and board-certified genetic counselor. She grew up in the Philadelphia area in Bucks County and began working in the Risk Assessment Program at Fox Chase in June 2014, after completing her master’s degree and several clinical internships at prominent medical centers in the region. In her multifaceted role at Fox Chase, McSweeny assesses candidates for genetic testing, explains the process so patients may make informed health decisions, and interprets testing results.

Catherine Neumann, MS, LCGC
Genetic Counselor
Catie is a licensed and board-certified genetic counselor. She grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. After earning her undergraduate degree, Catie worked as a research assistant at Tufts Medical Center studying the genetic and environmental factors of macular degeneration and later as a research assistant at University of California Los Angeles for a clinical trial studying immunotherapy in patients with lung cancer. She went on to complete her Masters in Genetic Counseling at Boston University. Prior to starting at Fox Chase, she worked as a genetic counselor in Metabolic Genetics at Children’s Hospital of Orange County and in Cancer Genetics at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California.

Kim Rainey, MS, MEd, LCGC
Genetic Counselor
Rainey is a licensed and board-certified genetic counselor who pursued a career in genetic counseling after working in secondary science education and in a clinical laboratory setting. Her focus is on empowering patients to make informed health care decisions for themselves and for their families, which is particularly important in the rapidly-changing fields of genetics and genomics.

Nursing Team

The Risk Assessment Program nurses perform a variety of roles in research and clinical care of high risks patients. The nurses provide cancer risk assessment, education and counseling. They help evaluate family and medical history and, if appropriate, help coordinate genetic testing. The nurses also see patients in our high risk clinics for medical management, cancer screening and risk reduction.

Kathleen M. Henderson, MSN, ANP-BC
Genetic Nurse Practitioner
Kathy has worked her entire career in the oncology field since obtaining her BSN degree in 1992. She received her Master’s degree and Nurse Practitioner certification at the University of Pennsylvania. Throughout her career, she has valued her interactions with patients and colleagues, as well as the ongoing advancements in cancer treatment. In 2016, Kathy began working with the breast surgery team at Fox Chase in managing benign breast conditions and breast cancer survivors. In her current role with the Department of Clinical Genetics, she evaluates high-risk patients based on their personal medical history, family history of cancer, and genetic mutations. Kathy helps to guide these patients with high-risk screening and interventions to decrease cancer risk.

Susan Montgomery, RN, BSN, OCN, GCN
Genetic Nurse Navigator
Montgomery has worked at Fox Chase for her entire nursing career. She joined the Risk Assessment Program 20 years ago at the advent of hereditary genetic testing. As a genetic nurse navigator, she assists the clinical genetics team in providing counseling and testing, as well as following high risk patients through their medical management and clinical follow-up.

Kathryn Tumelty, CRNP, FNP-C, AOCNP
Genetic Nurse Practitioner
Kathryn chose to work at Fox Chase when she relocated to the Philadelphia area in 2007 to continue her career in oncology at an academic cancer center. She had started her career at Duke University and wanted to continue to practice at a center that was dedicated to providing quality, up to the minute care. Kathryn spent over 10 years in the breast medical oncology department at Fox Chase working with women who were diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2018 she transitioned from medical oncology to the Department of Clinical Genetics and Risk Assessment. She now get to help patients in a high risk clinic before they are diagnosed with cancer with hopes of preventing it and guide those at an increased risk.

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