The CAMC Breast Center has opened the Risk Clinic, which offers needed genetic counseling services by Elizabeth S. Monast, MS. Monast is a graduate of Long Island University-Post, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling and one of only a few schools in the country educating genetic counseling experts. Monast also holds a BS degree in biological sciences and a second BS in psychology from Virginia Tech.
Her expertise reaches beyond the most common cancer services and includes pediatric and prenatal services, psychosocial support and proficiency in services to non-English speaking patients. Her capability and know-how is augmented by an effective and culturally sensitive approach to diverse populations. The breadth and depth of her expertise is exemplified by the variety of disease areas and syndromes she has dealt with, such as situations requiring decision-making in patients with hemoglobinopathies, abnormal ultrasound findings, teratogenic exposures, advanced maternal age, carrier screening and many other genetic problems that are now being recognized frequently.
Monast has given presentations about a multitude of genetically related themes, including eugenics, congenital hearing loss, counseling techniques, Stickler syndrome, Alzheimer's disease, Li-Fraumeni syndrome and the personal Genome project. She has also been involved in educational activities, presenting studies dealing with preparing students for a psychiatric genetic counseling role. She has participated in the New York State Genetics Task Force at the NYU School of Medicine, the Philadelphia Prenatal Update Conference and Cancer Genetics Discussion forums. She is an active member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, as well as several other patient advocacy organizations.