Important Announcement from the UUGPGC regarding the Retirement of Bonnie Baty and Incoming Program Director, Karin Dent


Please join us in celebrating Bonnie Baty’s retirement, this June 30, 2016. Professor Baty established genetic counseling services at the University of Utah, helped pioneer the process of program accreditation for the American Board of Genetic Counseling, and authored 38 journal articles and book chapters. She was awarded the Natalie Weissberger Paul Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 by the National Society of Genetic Counselors and the University of Utah Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012. Bonnie directed the University of Utah Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling at the University of Utah from its inception in 2005. She has mentored many genetic counselors and genetic counseling students throughout her accomplished career.  She will be greatly missed!


As Bonnie retires, we are pleased to announce the incoming UUGPGC Program Director, Karin Dent, effective July 1, 2016. Karin has been on the Faculty at the University of Utah since 2008 and currently serves as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. She has been Associate Director of the UUGPGC since 2012. Karin sees adult and pediatric patients with genetic and neurological disorders. Her research interests include the etiology of congenital hearing loss, the delivery of difficult news by healthcare providers, and the ethical challenges surrounding informed consent and return of results in exome sequencing and whole genome sequencing research. In 2011, she served as president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, the leading voice and authority for the genetic counseling profession.  Congratulations to Karin!