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Hereditary Cancer Team

Team from left to right: Frances Oh, M.S., Jeanne Homer, M.S., Michael Demeure, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.E., Luanna Buchanan, Chelsey Weatherill, M.S. and Carole Richard.

To provide our patients with the finest care, we provide a team of experts:

  • Certified Genetic Counselors
  • Physician Advisor
  • Senior Administrative Assistant
  • Oncology Social Worker
  • Reimbursement Specialist

Genetics Team

Jeanne Homer, M.S., Genetic Counselor

Jeanne Homer graduated from Smith College and received her Master's degree in genetic counseling from the University of California at Irvine. She is board certified as a genetic counselor. Jeanne has been seeing patients through the Hereditary Cancer Program through Hoag Family Cancer Institute since 2002. Jeanne is licensed in the state of California.

Frances Oh, M.S., Genetic Counselor

Frances Oh, M.S. received her Master's degree from UCI, and brings a great deal of experience and knowledge about hereditary cancer to Hoag and our patients. Frances is licensed in the state of California.

Chelsey Weatherill, M.S., Genetic Counselor

Chelsey Weatherill, M.S. graduated from the University of Alberta with an honors degree in Molecular Genetics. She received her Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Chelsey is board certified as a genetic counselor and licensed in the state of California.

Luanna Buchanan, Genetics Assistant

Luanna Buchanan is a recent UC Irvine graduate who serves as the Hereditary Cancer Program’s Genetics Assistant. She hopes to pursue a career in genetic counseling.

Michael J. Demeure, M.D., F.A.C.S, F.A.C.E., Physician Advisor

Dr. Demeure is a fellowship-trained endocrine surgeon with special interest in precision medicine - the study and testing of the molecular profiles of tumor cells. He is the Program Director for Precision Medicine at Hoag and an internationally recognized expert in cancer surgery and research, with particular expertise in endocrine, pancreatic and gastrointestinal cancers.

Carole Richard, Senior Administrative Assistant

Carole Richard has been providing administrative assistance to Hoag's Hereditary Cancer Program for over 15 years.

Caitlin Glenn, Oncology Clinical Social Worker

Social workers are available to provide psychosocial support to help you and your family address the unique issues involved with assessment and management of cancer risk.

Laura Clark, Reimbursement Specialist

To contact Laura Clark, please call 949-764-6643.

A message from the genetic counselor team

We understand that it is a big step to begin thinking about the possibility of hereditary cancer for you and your family. At Hoag, our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible throughout this process, by:

  • Being available in person, by phone and via email prior to your appointment to address your concerns and questions
  • Being on time for your appointments
  • Welcoming your (adult) family members to all appointments
  • Treating your personal and family history information with all of the attention and consideration that it deserves
  • Protecting your privacy
  • Serving as a source of information on the latest research and developments in hereditary cancer
  • Being a life-long resource to you (to re-evaluate your information in the event of any changes)