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Kathleen Pope

Kathleen Pope

University of South Florida College of Public Health
I am an Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health (COPH) at University of South Florida (USF), and Medical Director of the Genetic Counseling (GC) Program. I am Division Chief of Genetics at Nemours Children's Health (NCH). I completed GC training at Northwestern in 2000, after which I completed my MD at Indiana University and pediatrics residency at NYPH/Cornell in 2007. I completed genetics residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore in 2009. I am board certified in Pediatrics and Genetics. After focusing on family obligations from 2009 – 2011, I resumed my career at USF College of Medicine (COM) caring for pediatric and adult genetics patients (including metabolic, prenatal, preconception, and cancer). From 2014-2016, I helped found, develop curriculum for, and achieve accreditation of the first GC program in Florida at USF. I became Medical Director of the USF GC Program at its inception in 2017. A primary focus since 2016 has been genomics curriculum development for GC and other graduate students. I teach 5 genomics courses annually at USF, and have roles in program administration and student advising/mentorship. Interest in ethics and laws affecting genetics practice led to me starting a medical humanities & ethics book club in 2017, with attendees from the Tampa Bay area (medical and GC students, GCs, medical geneticists, obstetricians, laboratory personnel, and others). I am a member of the ACMG SELI committee since 2020. In 2017, I also started working at NCH, where I see pediatric genetics patients and teach residents and students in clinic. Longstanding cardiogenetics interest led to starting a cardiovascular/ connective tissue clinic in 2018 and an arrhythmia clinic in 2021, with NCH cardiology partners. As division chief at NCH since 2019, I have built genetics from one physician to our current team of two geneticists and three GCs.