Georgia L. Wiesner, M.D., M.S.
Director, Clinical and Translational Hereditary Cancer Program
Ingram Professor of Cancer Research
Professor of Medicine
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Dr. Wiesner is a medical geneticist who specializes in the genetics of cancer susceptibility and in the care of patients with hereditary forms of cancer. As one of a few physician scientists in the country with dual certification in Internal Medicine and Medical Genetics, she has devoted her career on the translation of genetics into clinical care.
Dr. Wiesner is a medical geneticist who specializes in the genetics of cancer susceptibility and in the care of patients with hereditary forms of cancer. As one of a few physician scientists in the country with dual certification in Internal Medicine and Medical Genetics, she has devoted her career on the translation of genetics into clinical care. She joined the Vanderbilt Department of Medicine, Division of Genetic Medicine and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) as the founding Director of the Clinical and Translational Hereditary Cancer Program, Professor of Medicine and Ingram Professor of Cancer Research in July 2012.
Her main area of research is in hereditary cancer syndromes, the genetics of colorectal cancer, genetics of lung cancer, and in the ethics of genetic research. From this research, she seeks to improve the identification of patients who are at risk for cancer so that life saving treatments can be initiated prior to the development of disease. Her research has yielded important insights into the underlying constitutional genetic factors for cancer. She is an active member of Genetic/Familial High Risk Assessment, Breast & Ovarian Panel of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).
Dr. Wiesner received her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, and a master’s in Genetics at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She completed her M.D. at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where she was chief resident of Internal Medicine and completed a fellowship in Medical Genetics.
Prior to joining VICC, Wiesner was an associate professor of Genetics and Medicine and past director of the Center for Human Genetics at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. She was also the director of the Genetic Counseling Training Program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and the medical director of the cancer genetics program. She has served on the Board of Directors of several national organizations including the American Society of Human Genetics and the American Board of Medical Genetics where she also served as President. Dr. Wiesner has also served as the President and Vice-President for the Residency Review Committee for Medical Genetics.
- M.D. - University of Minnesota, 1985
- M.S. - University of Minnesota, 1981
- Internal Medicine Residency - University of Minnesota Medical Center, 1988
- Chief Internal Medicine Resident - University of Minnesota Medical Center, 1989
- Medical Genetics Fellowship - University of Minnesota Medical Center, 1992