Gayun Chan-Smutko, MS, CGC
- Associate Professor
- Associate Chair
- Genetic Counseling
Gayun Chan-Smutko, MS, CGC, is an 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 JEDI Council, the Racial Equity, Justice and Inclusion “Leading for Change” Taskforce, and is a member of the JEDI 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 from 2002-2018. 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 from 2014-2018 and was part of the Brandeis Class of 2002.
Ms. Chan-Smutko has served on work groups and sub-committees for the VHL Alliance, National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) including the NSGC J.E.D.I. Action Planning Taskforce, and Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors (AGCPD). She is a founding member of the AGCPD Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Taskforce.
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.
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. https://doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000377
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.
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This award honors a distinguished Institute faculty member who has excelled in meeting the excellence in teaching criteria and is recognized by students, faculty colleagues, and other members of the community.
This award honors a distinguished instructor who demonstrates excellence in teaching and supporting the education, growth, and development of GC students. Awarded by the IHP GC Class of 2021.
The Leader in Diversity and Inclusion Award recognizes one outstanding individual who has demonstrated leadership and/or exemplary achievements in dedication to diversity and inclusion efforts within the genetic counseling profession.
Presented by the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) and Invitae, the award pays tribute to distinguished genetic counselors who provide exceptional and irreplaceable care to families dealing with major health challenges.