Genetic Counselor, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA, USA
Michael Restrepo is a licensed and certified genetic counselor working with the Clinical Cancer Genomics Division at City of Hope National Medical Center since 2021. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011 and his Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from the University of Michigan in 2021. Prior to his graduate training, Michael worked as a genetic counseling assistant for the Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program at UCSF, where he helped implement a novel service delivery model to facilitate genetic testing for high-risk cancer patients. His graduate thesis work involved understanding how patients from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds perceive the duty to re-contact after receiving variants of uncertain significance on multi-gene panel testing. His work at City of Hope has focused on expanding access to cancer genetics services via direct participation in the City of Hope INSPIRE (Implementing Next-generation Sequencing for Precision Intervention and Risk Evaluation) study- an enterprise-wide effort to offer germline multigene panel testing for hereditary cancers and clinically actionable disorders to all patients. Other areas of focus currently include optimizing family history tools, improving documentation systems, developing a comprehensive web resource for the division, and, most recently, initiating the cardiovascular genetics program at City of Hope. He is also invested in the next generation of genetic counselors, taking an active mentorship role through the Minority Genetics Professional Network and University of Michigan Genetic Counseling Program. Outside of his professional life, he loves spending time with his family, all outdoor activities, and finding creative ways to get his family to participate in said activities.