Gayun Chan-Smutko, MS, CGC

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Associate Chair, Genetic Counseling, Associate Professor
Genetic Counseling
(617) 724-2261
Office Location: 
Shouse - 222

(pronouns: she/her/hers)

Gayun Chan-Smutko, MS, CGC, is Associate Professor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and Associate Chair of the Genetic Counseling department at MGH Institute of Health Professions.  She serves on the IHP Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion or J.E.D.I. Council, the Racial Equity, Justice and Inclusion “Leading for Change” Taskforce and is a member of the J.E.D.I. Community of Practice.

Prior to joining the IHP Ms. Chan-Smutko was a senior genetic counselor in the Center for Cancer Risk Assessment, where she provided genetic counseling services to patients within the diverse clinical programs at the MGH Cancer Center and Outreach clinics for 16 years. Her clinical and academic work focused on hereditary renal cell carcinoma syndromes. She was also Assistant Director of the MS in Genetic Counseling Program at Brandeis University for 4 years.

Ms. Chan-Smutko has served on work groups and sub-committees for the VHL Alliance, National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC), and Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors (AGCPD). She is chair of the AGCPD Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Taskforce and member of the NSGC J.E.D.I. Action Planning Taskforce, and is the recipient of the NSGC 2019 Leadership Award in Diversity and Inclusion.

Research Interests

Ms. Chan-Smutko's research interests include psychosocial care of emerging young adults with hereditary susceptibility to cancer; genetic counseling pedagogy; diversity, equity and inclusion in genetic counseling.


BS, Cellular Molecular Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
MS, Genetic Counseling, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA


Cahn, P. S., Makosky, A., Truong, K. A., Young, I., Boutin, E. R., Jr., Chan-Smutko, G., Murphy, P., & Milone-Nuzzo, P. (2022). Introducing the language of antiracism during graduate school orientation. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 15(1), 1–6. 

Sheehan E, Bennett RL, Harris M, Chan-Smutko G. Assessing transgender and gender non-conforming pedigree nomenclature in current genetic counselors' practice: The case for geometric inclusivity [published online ahead of print, 2020 Mar 30]. J Genet Couns. 2020;10.1002/jgc4.1256. doi:10.1002/jgc4.1256

Berro T, Amir F, Chan-Smutko G, Lawrence J, Channaoui N. Creation and utility of 'Boston Minority Genetic Counselors'. J Genet Couns. 2020;29(2):206-211. doi:10.1002/jgc4.1268

Bao AK, Bergner AL, Chan-Smutko G, Villiers J. Reflections on diversity, equity, and inclusion in genetic counseling education. J Genet Couns. 2020;29(2):315-323. doi:10.1002/jgc4.1242

Schneider M, Dinkelborg K, Xiao X, Chan-Smutko G, Hruska K, Huang D, Sagar P, Harisinghani M, Iliopoulos O. Early onset renal cell carcinoma in an adolescent girl with germline FLCN exon 5 deletion. Fam Cancer. 2018 Jan;17(1):135-139.

Chan-Smutko G. Genetic Counseling in Von Hippel-Lindau Disease: Navigating the Landscape of a Well-Established Syndrome. Current Genetic Medicine Reports. 2017:1-9.

Biller JA, Butros SR, Chan-Smutko G, Abrams AN, Chung DC, Hagen CE. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 6-2016. A 10-year-old boy with abdominal cramping and fevers. N Engl J Med. 2016 Feb 25; 374:772-81.

Alexander EK, Chan-Smutko G, Saksena MA, Popa I. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 19-2013. A 35-year-old woman with recurrent goiter and ductal carcinoma of the breast. N Engl J Med. 2013 Jun 20; 368(25):2416-24.

Chan-Smutko G. Genetic testing by cancer site: urinary tract. Cancer J. 2012 Jul-Aug;18(4):343-9.

Chan-Smutko G, Patel D, Shannon KM, Ryan PD. 2008. Professional challenges in cancer genetic testing: who is the patient? Oncologist. 13:232-38.

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