Erica Ramos, M.S., C.G.C. is the vice president of population genomics at Genome Medical, a national medical practice with the mission of integrating genomics into everyday health care. She is responsible for developing the strategy, value proposition, and overall approach to population-scale health initiatives utilizing genetics and genomics and is passionate about establishing genomics as a resource for lifelong care and integrating broad-based screening approaches with indication-based diagnostic services. In her previous role as director of clinical and product development at Geisinger National Precision Health, she and her team developed and integrated scalable, efficient, and innovative clinical programs and products to accelerate the responsible adoption and integration of genomics into preventive care and population health.
Before joining Geisinger, Erica was an associate director of market development at Illumina, where she worked on advancing the use of whole genome sequencing in clinical care, including predictive genomics, through education and collaboration. She was the clinical head of the Understand Your Genome experiential education symposium, which engaged more than 2,500 stakeholders at 40 events around the world. In 2012, she joined Illumina in the Clinical Services Laboratory, where she managed the genetic counseling and variant curation teams that implemented the interpretation and reporting process for whole genome sequencing in healthy individuals and launched the lab’s undiagnosed disease offering. Her focus on education extends to teaching and mentoring college students as an adjunct professor in the Genetic Counseling Department at Augustana University.
Erica received her master’s in genetic counseling from the University of California, Irvine, in 2001. Before joining Illumina, she practiced as a clinical genetic counselor for 11 years, first with prenatal and preconceptional patients and then in cancer and adult-onset disorders.
Erica is a nationally recognized leader in the genetic counseling community, serving as the 2018 president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, the leading professional organization for genetic counselors, which has more than 4,000 members. She also volunteers as a mentor with the Minority Genetic Professionals Network.