Depas, Morgan, MS, CGC

February 20, 2015  |  Genetic Counselors

Certified Genetic Counselor

Introduction

Morgan Depas, MS, CGC

Morgan Depas, MS, CGC

“My goal as a genetic counselor is to increase awareness and understanding of hereditary cancer. As a genetic counselor I provide patient education of genetic concepts and risk assessment allowing for informed decision making. I aim to empower and support patients to take an active role in their medical management which can lead to the early detection and prevention of disease.”

Morgan Depas, MS, CGC joined the Medical College of Wisconsin in September, 2013. She is originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin and obtained her Bachelors of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2005. She received her Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania in 2009. She became Board Certified Genetic Counselor through the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2011. Morgan was a licensed prenatal and cancer genetic counselor in Memphis, Tennessee prior to moving home to Wisconsin.

Morgan sees patients with a personal or family history of cancer. The genetic counseling process helps to identify people at risk for familial or hereditary cancer syndromes through a detailed assessment of the patient’s personal and family history. She educates patients about their chance of developing cancer, and helps them obtain personal meaning from cancer genetic information. Her aim is to empower patients to make informed decisions about genetic testing, cancer screening and cancer prevention. Identifying individuals at an increased risk of developing cancer can have a dramatic effect of early detection and cancer outcome.

Individuals and families who may benefit from cancer genetic counseling include:

  • Individuals with cancer diagnosed at an unusually young age (e.g. breast or colon cancer before age 50)
  • Multiple close family members with the same type of cancer or related cancers (e.g. breast and ovarian cancer, colon and uterine cancer)
  • Two or more primary cancer diagnoses in the same individual (e.g. breast cancer in both breasts, breast and ovarian cancer)
  • Rare cancers or unusual tumors at any age(e.g. medullary thyroid cancer, retinoblastoma, hepatoblastoma, male breast cancer, adrenal cortical carcinoma, pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma)
  • Presence of other features associated with an inherited cancer syndrome (e.g. multiple colon polyps)
  • Members of a family with a known hereditary cancer syndrome
  • Individuals considering genetic testing for cancer risk
  • Individuals with questions about cancer risk in family members
  • Individuals with heightened risk based on family history or known gene mutation who have questions about cancer screening, prevention or treatment

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Genetic Diagnosis and Counseling

Board Certification(s)

  • Genetic Counseling

Patient Ages Seen

  • Adult (18 + )
  • Senior (60 +)

Languages Spoken

  • English

Education / Training

  • Master of Science in Genetic Counseling – Arcadia University – Glenside, PA (2009)

MCW Start Date

September 2013