Welcome From Janet Berman, MS, LCGC, Director of Genetic Counseling
Most of our patients come to RADfertility for one simple reason – they want to build their family. The last thing on their minds is genetic risk. The field of genetics is constantly changing and my role is to help our patients walk through the growing options of genetic testing that are available.
My journey to becoming a genetic counselor started in high school biology when I learned the field combined my two interests of genetics and statistics. This led to a 17-year career working in a hospital health system doing prenatal counseling and evolved to preconception counseling. My transition to RADfertility allows me to combine this knowledge of preconception counseling with prenatal counseling because we care for patients into their first trimester of pregnancy.
Counseling sessions typically involve reviewing your complete family medical history, discussing genetic testing options and reviewing genetic test results when they become available. Considering genetic risks for future children is an important part of your infertility evaluation and treatment plan.
Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your journey. I strive to work as a team and make you feel comfortable serving as a resource reviewing your options. I hope to empower you on your journey by understanding information which helps you make decisions that are best for you and your family.
National Society of Genetic Counselors “Master of Science in Genetic Counseling Program Outstanding Supervisor Award,” 2018
Arcadia University Alumni “Top 40 Under 40” Award, 2017
Co-founder of the First Annual Philadelphia Prenatal Diagnosis Update Conference
Background & Education
BS: summa cum laude, Biology, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
MS: Genetic Counseling, with Distinction, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA
Certified: Genetic Counselor, American Board of Genetic Counselors
Member: National Society for Genetic Counselors, NSGC Prenatal Special Interest Group
Publications, Abstracts, & Book Chapters
Janet Berman has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications, poster presentations, and book chapters.
Peer Reviewed Publications
- Geifman-Holtzman, O, Ober Berman, J, Ashkinadze, E, Jackson, L. First Annual Philadelphia Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis Update. Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics 4(6), 619-624 (2009).
- Geifman-Holtzman, O and Ober Berman, J. Prenatal diagnosis: Update on invasive versus noninvasive diagnostic testing from maternal blood. Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics 8(6), 727-751(2008).
- Conway L, Petterson A, Mighion L, and Berman J. An Investigation of Compassion Fatigue Amongst Prenatal Genetic Counselors (2018). Presented at the American College of Medical Genetics Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting 2018, 2018-04-10 (1), Charlotte, NC: https://clinicianinsights.com/document.php?docid=PE20180420420000032&datasource=PHE&trans=view&dual=1
- Maher L, Mulla W, and Ober Berman J. Discordant results of prenatal testing in which a rare sex chromosome aneuploidy is present (2016). Oral presentation at the 8th Philadelphia Prenatal Conference, Philadelphia, PA
- Xiong Y, Berman J, Weiner S, Carre A, Seligman N, Steinbach G, and Geifman-Holtzman O. Noninvasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) Registry-Patients’ Results and Providers’ Perspectives (2015). Presented at the 2015 Society for Gynecologic Investigation (SGI)/Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI) 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting, San Francisco, CA
- Geifman-Holtzman O, Berman J, Xiong, Y, Carre A, Ness A, Fang M and Weiner S. Noninvasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) Registry-Patients’ Results and Providers’ Perspectives (2014). Presented at the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine 34th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA
- Geifman-Holtzman O, Berman J, Ness A, Cohen A, Fischer R, Carre A, and Weiner S. NIPDT Registry-A Critical Utilization of Non-Invasive Prenatal Diagnosis Test Recently Introduced into Clinical Practice. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 1(Suppl), S254 (2013). Presented at the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine 33rd Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA
- Bomba K, Conway L, Ober Berman J. Barriers Towards Perinatal Autopsies, Journal of Genetic Counseling 20(6), 755 (2011). Presented at the National Society for Genetic Counselors 30th Annual Education Conference, San Diego, CA
- Hart L, Ober Berman J, Bhattacharya A, Jackson L, Xiong Y, Montgomery O, Geifman-Holtzman O. Maternal Plasma as a Source for Fetal DNA is Better than Fetal Cells for Noninvasive Prenatal Diagnosis of Single Gene Disorders. Reproductive Sciences 17(3), 37 (2010). Presented at 2010 SGI 57th Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL
- Ober Berman J, Bermudez Wagner K, Xiong Y, Geifman-Holtzman O. Accuracy of Noninvasive Prenatal Diagnosis of Fetal Single Gene Disorders from Maternal Blood. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 199(6), S178 (2008). Presented at The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine 29th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA & The Fifth Annual Women’s Health Interdisciplinary Research Symposium, Temple University, PA
- Jeronis S, Singh K, Hanlon A, Ober J, Kinsler K, Hernandez E, Geifman-Holtzman O. Elevated Values of Maternal Serum AFP are Predictive of Different Categories of Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 197(6), S170 (2007). Presented at The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine 28th Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX
Ober Berman, J. “Pregnancy and infectious diseases.” In Infectious Diseases and Conditions, edited by H. Bradford Hawley, Salem Press, 2011
Ober Berman, J. “Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker syndrome.” In Infectious Diseases and Conditions, edited by H. Bradford Hawley, Salem Press, 2011
Ober Berman, J. “Echovirus infection.” In Infectious Diseases and Conditions, edited by H. Bradford Hawley, Salem Press, 2011
Ober Berman, J. “Coxsackie virus infections.” In Infectious Diseases and Conditions, edited by H. Bradford Hawley, Salem Press, 2011
Ober Berman, J. “Sickle cell anemia.” In Genetics and Inherited Conditions, edited by Jeffrey A. Knight. Revised ed. Salem Press, 2010
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