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Introducing the Director of Clinical Genetics Services: Imelda G. Margulies MSN, FNP-BCImelda is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and 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 os Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1991). NP Margulies as 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 help establish the Cancer Support Center of Tracy and the Tracy Relay-for-Life of the American Cancer Society. NP Margulies has lectured on breast cancer risk assessment and management to various lay and professional groups throughout East Tennessee. She is also a current member or the National Consortium of Breast Centers, 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, a NCI-designated and NCCN member cancer center in Southern California.

As Coordinator of the High Risk Assessment Clinic, 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 breast cancer, performs genetic testing, and identifies risk reducing strategies. 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.

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.