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 Rosenstein Campbell, MS
Genetic Counselor

Catherine Neumann, MS, LCGC
Genetic Counselor

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.

Michelle Savage, MS, LCGC
Genetic Counselor
Savage is a license 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, Savage assesses candidates for genetic testing, explains the process so patients may make informed health decisions, and interprets testing results.

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.

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.

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