A genetic counselor with heart can make all the difference

Have you had a genetic counselor who touched your heart? Who guided you or a family member through a tough time? Who always seemed to know both the answer and the right thing to say about it? We want to hear your story.

Gayun Chan-Smutko MS, CGC
2019 winner

Nominate your genetic counselor

Tell us about your genetic counselor’s compassion, expertise and helpfulness and how it impacted your healthcare—or that of a loved one—and nominate your genetic counselor for the Heart of Genetic Counseling Award.

Hannah Scanga, MS, LCGC
2018 winner

What is the Heart of Genetic Counseling Award?


The Heart of Genetic Counseling Award celebrates the heart that genetic counselors bring to patient care, giving patients compassion and insight as they understand and respond to genetic conditions.


The Heart of Genetic Counseling Award honors excellence in patient care as viewed through the eyes of a patient. Presented by the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) and Invitae, the Heart of Genetic Counseling Award pays tribute to distinguished genetic counselors who provide exceptional and irreplaceable care to families dealing with major health challenges. 


Patients, caregivers, and peers are invited to nominate genetic counselors for this prestigious award by answering a few questions. Selected genetic counselors may be featured in a book and three entrants and their genetic counselors will win round trip airfare to Nashville, Tennessee and a hotel stay for the award ceremony at the NSGC annual conference in November. 


The Heart of Genetic Counseling Award was previously known as the Code Talker Award.

2020 nominations


Nominating a genetic counselor is easy. A current or former patient, a caregiver, or a peer can make nominations, with one person nominating one genetic counselor. Entries should focus on describing the special connection between a genetic counselor and a patient or patient’s family and the impact that connection had on the patient. 


Click here to answer a few questions and nominate a genetic counselor. You can provide written answers or, if talking is easier, answer the questions via smartphone video or audio recording and email them to GCheart@invitae.com. However you answer the questions, be sure to complete and submit the nomination form with your and your genetic counselor’s contact information. Contest rules can be found here.