Adrienne Wakeling is a genetic counselor who cares for adults and children with cancer and those at risk for hereditary cancer based on family history. She educates and supports individuals and families, with the goal of helping them understand whether an underlying hereditary factor caused their condition. She has a special interest in working with families affected by and at risk for childhood cancer syndromes, gastrointestinal cancers, familial polyposis syndromes (inherited conditions leading to colorectal cancer) and hematologic conditions (those affecting the blood and blood-producing organs). She loves working with families affected by hereditary cancer to enable them to pass important information on to loved ones.
An East Coast native, Wakeling earned her bachelor's degree in biological sciences at the University of Delaware before earning her master's degree in human genetics and genetic counseling at Stanford University Prior to joining UCSF, she established genetic counseling services within the pediatric hematology and oncology division at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, where she was dedicated to providing genetic counseling to children, teens and families affected by childhood cancer and blood disorders.
Wakeling is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors' special interest group on hereditary cancer and has served as chair of the organization's pediatric cancer subcommittee.
Stanford University, MS, Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling, 2013