Elaine Hiller, MS, CGC

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Adjunct Associate Professor
Genetic Counseling

Elaine Hiller, MS, CGC, is Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and teaches in the Master of Science in  Genetic Counseling program at MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Ms. Hiller currently works as a reporting genetic counselor and a member of the variant science team at Quest Diagnostics, Inc. She worked as a clinical genetic counselor at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where she also served in various research capacities, including in the CanSeq initiative studying incorporation of tumor and germline exome findings into clinical care.

She helped establish and participated in an outreach clinic to bring cancer genetics care to an underserved population. Ms. Hiller taught for thirteen years in the Brandeis University genetic counseling program.

Research Interests

Ms. Hiller’s research interests include variant interpretation, population screening, health care policy and disparities, mathematical modeling in genetics, personalized medicine, tumor genetics and precision oncology.


BS, Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
MS, Genetic Counseling, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA


Rana HQ, Cochrane SR, Hiller E, et al. A comparison of cancer risk assessment and testing outcomes in patients from underserved vs. tertiary care settings. J Community Genet Nov 18, 2017.

Ghazani AA, Oliver NM, St Pierre JP, Garofalo A, Rainville IR, Hiller E, et al. Assigning clinical meaning to somatic and germ-line whole-exome sequencing data in a prospective cancer precision medicine study. Genet Med 2017 Jul;19(7):787-795.

Koch SW, Hiller EH, et al. Collaboration of variant science and oncology genetics in prenatal diagnosis for CMMRD: a case report. J Genet Counsel 2017;26:1411.

Yurgelun MB, Hiller E, Garber JE. Population-Wide Screening for Germline BRCA1 and BRCA2 Mutations: Too Much of a Good Thing? J Clin Oncol 2015 Oct 1;33(28):3092-5.

Gray S, Wagle N, Garber J, Rainville I, Hiller E, et al. Cancer patients’ preferences for return of somatic and germline whole-exome sequencing results: Data from the CanSeq study. J Clin Oncol May 2014;32(15s):1535.

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Hiller E, Maston G, et al. Anticipated positive rates for genetic testing in the general population: a “virtual panel” approach. Accepted for presentation at the American College of Medical Genetics meeting, Seattle, WA, April 5, 2019.

Hiller E, Maston G, et al. Leveraging gnomAD sub-population frequency data in variant interpretation. Presented at the Human Variation and Disease Gordon Research Conference, Biddeford, ME, June 10, 2018.

Hiller E. Whole exome sequencing to guide the care of cancer patients. Presented at the 33rd annual education conference of National Society of Genetic Counselors. New Orleans, LA, Sept 18, 2014.

Curriculum Vitae