Gayun Chan-Smutko, MS, CGC

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

Gayun Chan-Smutko, MS, CGC, is Associate Professor  in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and  Associate Program Director of the Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program at MGH Institute of Health Professions.  

Prior to joining the IHP she 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.

Ms. Chan-Smutko was also Assistant Director of the MS in Genetic Counseling Program at Brandeis University for 4 years. She has served on work groups/sub-committees for the VHL Alliance, National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC), and Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors (AGCPD). She is currently chairing the Code of Conduct Taskforce within the AGCPD 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


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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Curriculum Vitae