Lynn Holt, M.S., CGC, was recognized as one of 3 finalists for the Birmingham Business Journal's annual "Health Care Heroes” edition published on October 16, 2009. BBJ presents an annual Health Care Heroes special section to honor the best and the brightest in Birmingham's local medical field. Finalists are selected by an editorial panel from dozens of nominations submitted to the BBJ. The finalists are individuals who are helping to improve the quality, affordability and accessibility of health care in the community.
Ms. Holt is a genetic counselor and is the founding program director for a new graduate program in genetic counseling in the UAB School of Health Professions. The program will admit its first cohort of students in the fall of 2010. She was in clinical practice in UAB’s Department of Genetics for 11 years prior to joining the School of Health Professions to start the genetic counseling program. She has extensive clinical experience in prenatal, pediatric and cancer genetics. Her current clinical practice is as a member of UAB’s Cancer Center’s Lynne Cohen Clinic for the Prevention of Women’s Cancer.
As a genetic counselor, Ms. Holt says that her primary role is "to help patients understand how genetics may play into whatever condition they have." Ms. Holt helps patients navigate technical and scientific language to get to the heart of what a genetic screening result really means for their health and lives.
Ms. Holt received her undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from North Carolina State University (1994) and her Master of Science degree in genetic counseling from the University of South Carolina (1996). She is an active member of the National Society of Genetic Counseling and the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors.
For more information on the new genetic counseling graduate program, visit www.uab.edu/msgc.