Director of Clinical Genetics Service
Imelda G. Margulies, FNP
Imelda is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Nursing Honor Society. Nurse Practitioner (NP) Margulies earned her Master of Science in Nursing with Honors from East Tennessee State University (1998) and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1991). NP Margulies is a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center since 1999 and is licensed as an Advanced Practice Nurse by the State of Tennessee.
NP Margulies practiced in family and women’s health in suburban San Francisco for five years and helped establish the Cancer Support Center of Tracy and the Tracy Relay-for-Life of the American Cancer Society. She currently serves on the volunteer committee for ACS’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. NP Margulies has lectured on hereditary cancer risk assessment and management to various lay and professional groups throughout East Tennessee. She is also a current member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, the American Nurses Association, and the Tennessee Nurses Association.
In Summer of 2010, NP Margulies completed the 10-week Intensive Course in Cancer Risk Assessment at the City of Hope, an NCI-designated and NCCN member cancer center in Southern California.
As Director of the Clinical Genetics Service, NP Margulies assesses an individual’s risk of developing cancer as she reviews his/her personal and family history, discusses the role genetics may play in the development of cancer, performs genetic testing for cancer predisposition genes, and identifies risk-reducing strategies for surveillance and management. NP Margulies is trained to counsel and test for the BRCA gene mutation (HBOC), which can cause breast and ovarian cancer; for Lynch Syndrome (HNPCC), which can cause colorectal and uterine cancer; and other multiple cancer gene syndromes impacting inherited risks for cancers based on the NCCN guidelines. Inherited cancer genetic mutations can be passed to children by either men or women. NP Imelda can help you learn more about hereditary cancer risk.
Whether it is a woman’s care plan for her breast health or a man’s care plan to reduce his risk of colon cancer, NP Margulies is passionate to teach early detection and risk reduction measures as an integral component of everyone’s plan of care.