Jessica Bortnova, MGCS, CGC is a laboratory genetic counselor specializing in hematopathology. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Master of Genetic Counselor Studies Program in 2018. She began her professional career as a clinical genetic counselor with Mayo Clinic’s Department of Clinical Genomics. In 2020, she transitioned to her current role within the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. Jessica also serves as an Instructor in Medical Genetics for Mayo Clinic’s College of Medicine. Prior to entering the field of genetic counseling, Jessica worked for the Minnesota Department of Health’s Newborn Screening Program where she worked to develop the state’s sickle cell trait notification process.  

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Reasons for Genetic Counseling

  • Neurology
    A genetic counselor working in the field of neurology specializes in understanding conditions that affect the brain, the nerves, and muscles.  These conditions may…
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  • Pediatrics
    A pediatric genetic counselor works with newborns, infants, and children with known or suspected genetic conditions and/or birth defects.  Usually a child will be…
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  • Newborn Screening
    A genetic counselor working in newborn screening specializes in public health genetics, metabolic and endocrine diseases, hemoglobinopathies, primary immune disease, cystic fibrosis, hearing loss, and critical…
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  • Cancer
    A cancer genetic counselor meets with individuals and families to help them understand if they have a higher risk of cancer due to a…
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  • Heart
    A cardiovascular genetic counselor specializes in understanding the genetic conditions that affect the heart.
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