Professor of Genetics; Director, Fellowship in Laboratory Genetics and Genomics; Director, DNA Diagnostic Lab
Professor of Medicine; Director, Yale Center for Pancreatic DiseasesDr James Farrell is an internationally recognized expert in pancreatic disease treatment and research. In addition to his clinical work on the endoscopic evaluation of autoimmune pancreatitis and pancreatic cysts, he is also known for his development of personalized therapy approaches for pancreatic cancer and early detection biomarkers for pancreatic cancer.Dr Farrell received his medical degree from University College Dublin. He completed internal medicine training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore and a Gastroenterology Fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He subsequently pursued additional advanced therapeutic endoscopic fellowship training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. After fellowship, he was recruited to UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles where he developed the largest endoscopic ultrasound program in California and became a founding member of the UCLA Center for Pancreatic Diseases. In 2013 he was recruited to lead the Yale Center for Pancreatic Diseases at Yale School of Medicine and the Yale New Haven Hospital, while also joining the existing Yale Interventional Endoscopy Program.In addition to his clinical practice in pancreatic disease and interventional endoscopy, his clinical research has focused on early detection of pancreatic cancer including studying pancreatitis, high risk individuals (e.g. inherited mutations, family history) and pancreatic cysts. His translational research includes the development of personalized therapy approaches for pancreatic cancer and the evaluation of biomarkers in pancreatic disease.Dr Farrell is board certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Clinical Pharmacology. He is the author of numerous publications, is invited to speak nationally and internationally, and maintains a vigorous clinical practice focused on all aspects of interventional endoscopy, gastrointestinal cancer, and pancreatic diseases. He currently serves on the medical advisory board for PANCAN, the Pancreas Cancer Action Network, as well as the NIH/NCI Pancreas Cancer Task Force.
Professor of Medicine; Associate CEHE Director for Cancer Screening, Smilow Cancer Hospital; Medical Director, Cancer Screening and Prevention Program, and Colorectal Cancer Prevention Program; Co-Director, Cancer Genetics and Prevention ProgramAfter obtaining his MD degree from the Autonomous University Barcelona, Dr. Llor trained in basic research and Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago and completed his GI fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He complemented his training with a PhD degree in molecular biology from the University of Barcelona. A clinically active gastroenterologist, Dr. Llor’s research and clinical interests relate to colorectal cancer. He has a very active basic and translational research program mainly focusing on two different aspects of colorectal cancer: hereditary and familial forms, and disparities in colorectal cancer. This work has resulted in almost 100 scientific publications in this field. He has made seminal contributions to the field of Lynch syndrome diagnosis as well as in the definition of other non-polyposis syndromic colorectal cancer cases. Some of his most recent work is providing important clues to the understanding of the biological differences that contribute to disparities in colorectal cancer. Watch a video with Dr. Xavier Llor >>Dr. Llor is the Co-Director of the Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program; Director for Cancer Screening; and Medical Director of the Colorectal Cancer Prevention Program at Yale University and Smilow Cancer Hospital and he sees patients at Yale. He is a member of the steering committee of the National Colorectal Cancer Round Table (NCCRT) and member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines panels for colorectal cancer screening and colorectal cancer genetics. He is commonly invited to lecture in colorectal cancer genetics in the US and abroad.
Staff Affiliate - YNHH; Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Cancer Genetics and Prevention ProgramSusan Chmael’s entire career has been primarily in the domain of Oncology. She received her Master’s in Nursing from Quinnipiac University after which she joined the Breast Oncology Team at Yale. Prior to that she practiced in a variety of clinical oncology settings which continued to foster her love for oncology nursing. She joined the Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention team in 2016 with the hope that she could make a difference in the outcome of oncology patients. She believes that through genetics and prevention we are making that difference for patients considered "at risk."
Co-Manager, Genetic CounselorAmanda Ganzak is one of the Co-Manager Genetic Counselors for the Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program. Amanda graduated from the genetic counseling program at Arcadia University. She previously worked as a cancer genetic counselor at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA before joining the Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program. Amanda provides outreach coordination for cancer genetics services through Bridgeport Hospital and Greenwich Hospital. Amanda sees patients in our outreach location at Park Avenue Medical Center in Trumbull. She values being able to provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary care and access to genetic testing to patients within the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven Health system. She is also passionate about training and mentoring junior genetic counselors joining the Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program. Amanda is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) and serves as a member of the NSGC Cancer Special Interest Group.Amanda sees patients in Trumbull.
Co-Manager, Genetic CounselorClaire Healy is one of the Co-Manager Genetic Counselors for the Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program. She graduated from the genetic counseling program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and previously worked as a genetic counselor at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute until joining the Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program. Claire is passionate about the field of hereditary cancer genetic counseling and wants to ensure that all patients have access to genetic counseling services despite their geographic location or socioeconomic status. She enjoys the collaborative and interdisciplinary team at Yale and is proud of the care patients receive in the program. Claire is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) and serves as a member of the NSGC Cancer Special Interest Group. Claire sees patients at New Haven, Waterford, Hartford, Torrington**Genetic counseling services provided via telehealth at this location
Genetic CounselorKarina’s training, experience, and interests have broadly centered on genetics and genetic counseling. Her background ranges from basic science genetics laboratory work to clinical genetic counseling. Karina graduated from the Brandeis University genetic counseling program. She has been involved in publications and research projects regarding care of patients with hereditary cancers, adverse events in cancer genetic counseling, and the viewpoints of genetic counselors and other providers regarding the decisions faced by patients with hereditary cancer.Karina sees patients in New Haven, Hartford, Torrington**Genetic counseling services provided via telehealth at this location
Genetic CounselorElizabeth graduated from the Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College. She is also proud to be an alumna of Eastern Connecticut State University, where she obtained a BS in Biology before attending graduate school. She was previously involved in genetics education and research at the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, CT. Elizabeth sees patients at our outreach clinic at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and is passionate about increasing genetic counseling access and awareness.Elizabeth sees patients in Hartford.
Genetic CounselorBrooke is a proud Southern California native who moved to New York to attend the Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College. There, she earned her Master of Science in Human Genetics and was a graduate fellow in the Leadership in Neurodevelopmental-related Disabilities (LEND) fellowship. Brooke’s interest in cancer genetics began during her undergraduate career at the University of California, Irvine, where she majored in Genetics and began working at a commercial genetic testing laboratory upon graduation. These experiences allowed Brooke to develop core characteristics that she values and embodies in her genetic counseling practice every day: compassion, integrity, and diligence. She is thrilled that her genetic counseling journey brought her to Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention and is motivated to assist her patients in making empowering decisions regarding their genetic health.
Genetic CounselorJennifer Doherty, MS, LCGC, graduated from the genetic counseling program at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Jen reentered the field of genetic counseling after time off to be with her family by completing a cancer genetics fellowship at Yale. She enjoys being part of a dynamic team that provides genetic counseling services to a diverse population.Jennifer sees patients in Greenwich.
Genetic CounselorAmy Killie graduated from the genetic counseling program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In addition to her training as a genetic counselor, Amy has volunteered for IMAlive.org, an online crisis hotline, for over three years where she has training in crisis intervention. Amy is passionate about the benefits of genetic testing and how this information can be used by individuals and their families to make the best decisions for their health. As a Connecticut native, Amy is proud to be a part of the multidisciplinary team at the Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program.Amy sees patients in New Haven, Trumbull, Torrington**Genetic counseling services provided via telehealth at this location
Genetic CounselorAlexandra (Alex) McClellan has been passionate about genetic counseling since she received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Society from the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University. Since then, she completed her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling at the Icahn School of Medicine and has become a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC). She’s a California transplant but is excited to be working with a dedicated team to serve the diverse patient population here in New Haven. Alexanda sees patients in New Haven and Torrington* *Genetic counseling services provided via telehealth at this location
Genetic CounselorAlana Mistry is a Toronto native and proud alumna of the genetic counseling program at McGill University. Prior to her graduate studies, she received a BSc in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. In addition to her graduate training, Alana was a crisis line responder for the Distress Centre of Ottawa for four years. She is committed to helping patients and family members understand their hereditary cancer risk by exploring the psychosocial and medical factors involved in their decisions. Alana is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) and the Canadian Association of Genetic Counselors (CAGC), and her research interests lie in bioethics and the evolving landscape of genetic counseling services.
Genetic CounselorCarson received her Master’s degree in Human Genetics from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Before her graduate studies, Carson worked in an academic laboratory studying targeted therapeutics for leukemia. She has valued her clinical role in empowering patients and their families by offering the education, support and resources needed for them to manage their cancer risks through precision medicine. Carson is proud to be a part of the collaborative, compassionate team of providers in the Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program.
Genetic CounselorTanaya Shroff graduated from the Joan H. Marks Program in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College. She is passionate about providing her patients access to genetic testing and helping them understand their risk for inherited cancer syndromes. Tanaya has previously worked as a peer educator at Connecting, a suicide awareness and prevention program. She is proud to hold a Bachelor’s in Biotechnology and a second Master’s degree in Biomedical Genetics. Tanaya is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and enjoys working with a collaborative team and a diverse population here in New Haven.Tanaya sees patients in New Haven and Torrington* *Genetic counseling services provided via telehealth at this location
Program ManagerJeanette Brooks is the Program Manager for the Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program. Jeanette came to the program with over ten years of administrative practice experience with a focus on cancer patients, but has also served as manager in the hospice-care sector. Jeanette started with Smilow Cancer Hospital in 2009, and has previously served as the manager of several departments including Integrative Medicine, Smilow Boutique, and Patient and Family Resource. Throughout her career, Jeanette has valued the importance of the equality of patient care and servicing the underserved patient population. With time and dedication, she plans to continue to grow, develop, and expand the services of the Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program throughout the Smilow Cancer Hospital and its network partners.
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Genetic Counselor AssistantAparna holds a Master’s degree in Biomedical Genetics and a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology. She also has a varied background in Administration, finance and customer service. She restarted her career after taking time off to be with her family. In the role of Genetic Counselor Assistant, she provides support to the Genetic Counselors and increases their efficiency by performing a wide range of clerical, communications and coordinative functions for them. Her knowledge in the field of Genetics and her strong administrative skills is an added advantage to the role. She is passionate about Genetics and enjoys being part of a collaborative and dynamic team at Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention program.
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