Sarah A. Bannon
Senior Genetic Counselor
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Department of Clinical Cancer Genetics
My research interests primarily lie in genetic counseling issues related to inherited predispositions to cancer. Within this field, I specialize in hereditary predispositions to gastrointestinal cancers (esophageal, gastric, small bowel, colorectal, and pancreatic cancers) as well as hematologic malignancies including acute and chronic leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, and lymphoma. I have done projects related to patient knowledge and attitudes regarding genetic testing, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), as well as retrospective studies evaluating the performance of our clinic and impacts of genetic counseling within our institution. I am specifically interested in genetic counseling issues surrounding attitudes towards genetic testing, especially in understudied populations such as leukemia patients. I am additionally interested in further characterizing hereditary syndromes related to hematologic malignancies.