Hereditary Cancer Genetics Team

Clair A. Francomano, MD
Director, Adult Genetics

Dr. Francomano received her undergraduate degree at Yale University and her M.D. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  She trained in Internal Medicine and Medical Genetics at Johns Hopkins and joined the full-time Hopkins faculty in 1984.  Dr. Francomano has held positions as Chief of the Medical Genetics Branch at the National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health and Chief of the Human Genetics and Integrative Medicine Section in the Laboratory of Genetics, National Institute on Aging.

She is board certified in internal medicine, clinical genetics, and clinical molecular genetics.  She is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Human Genetics, and the American College of Clinical Research.  She is a founding fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics.

In 2008 and 2009, Dr. Francomano was named one of "Baltimore's Best Medical Geneticists" by Baltimore Magazine.  Her interests include hereditary disorders of connective tissue and skeletal dysplasias. 

Christy L. Smith, ScM, CGC
Genetic Counselor

Mrs. Smith obtained her bachelor's degree in biological psychology, with distinction, from Pennsylvania State University. She received her Masters of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) genetic counseling program. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) and is a board certified genetic counselor by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. She specializes in genetic counseling for hereditary cancer risk assessment and is also active in the adult clinical genetics program, working closely with Dr. Clair Francomano.

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