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Meet Our Staff

The NCH Genetic Counseling Team has more than 20 years of experience providing genetic counseling, including review of medical history, assessment of cancer risk and consideration of early detection and risk reduction options. The Team has served patients with a wide variety of inherited conditions, including those that increase the risk of developing breast cancer, colon cancer or other cancers.

Dr. Gary Kay

Gary Kay, M.D.

Medical Director of Genetics Services
Department of Cancer Services
Northwest Community Hospital

Medical Oncologist
Northwest Oncology & Hematology, S.C.

Dr. Gary Kay has been offering medical oncology services to people in the Northwest Suburbs for more than 20 years. After receiving his medical degree from Duke University, Dr. Kay completed his residency at the University of Colorado and his fellowship at the University of Chicago.

Throughout his career, Dr. Kay has been an active member of the medical oncology community. Prior to his appointment as medical director of Genetics Services at Northwest Community Hospital, Dr. Kay served as chairman and vice chairman of the Cancer Committee and as chairman of the Department of Hematology/Oncology here at NCH. He has also served as a member of the board of directors for the Illinois Chapter of the American Cancer Society and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Avis Gibons, M.S.

Avis Gibons, M.S.

Licensed and Certified Genetic Counselor
Department of Cancer Services
Northwest Community Hospital

Ms. Gibons has practiced as a genetic counselor in both clinical and research settings. Before joining Northwest Community Hospital, she served as genetic counselor at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where she assisted in establishing a formal high risk cancer genetics clinic. Dedicated to raising awareness about genetic contributions to disease, she has designed human genetics course curriculum for clinical research professionals at the Medical College of Wisconsin; presented seminars in genetics to community members; composed educational materials for patients and physicians; delivered continuing medical education in cancer risk assessment and hereditary cancer syndromes to health care providers; and supported research studies. Ms. Gibons is an adjunct faculty member in the Division of Science and Health Careers at Oakton Community College, where she prepares students for careers in medicine and health sciences.

Ms. Gibons is keenly interested in the impact of genetic medicine upon the employer-based health care system. Her research on coverage and reimbursement of genetic tests and services has been cited in report to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society.

Ms. Gibons received her undergraduate degree in liberal arts and sciences from Northwestern University, earned a Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of California, Irvine, and went on to complete a certificate in clinical cancer genetics from City of Hope, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

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Last Updated 2013/02/15