Jill M. Fischer, M.S. is the Director of Clinical Genetic Services for Reprogenetics, LLC. Ms. Fischer oversees clinical aspects of care for PGD patients including counseling of patients, orientation and education of associated IVF groups, as well as overall organization of PGD cases.
Board certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling, Ms. Fischer received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. She earned her graduate degree in genetic counseling from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, where she was named Most Outstanding Genetic Counselor. She was later honored as the 2002-2003 USC School of Medicine Distinguished Master’s Alum and was selected to give the first annual distinguished alum lecture. Her graduate focus included the merging of the fields of ART and genetics, the genetic counselors’ knowledge of ART, and the ART nurse’s knowledge of genetics. Due largely to Ms. Fischer’s efforts, genetic counseling is considered an integral part of PGD and reproductive medicine.
Until 1995, Ms. Fischer was the genetic counselor at the Jones Institute for Women’s Health and a faculty member in the Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. In addition to her work in ART and PGD, Ms. Fischer also has extensive experience in prenatal and pediatric genetics. Devoted to education in her field, Ms. Fischer lectures and organizes workshops and courses in the U.S. and Canada, and she supervises graduate students, medical students and residents.
In 1996, Ms. Fischer founded and chaired the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Infertility Special Interest Group. In addition to serving on the NSGC Board of Directors and various NSGC committees, her other professional affiliations include the American Board of Genetic Counseling, the American Society of Human Genetics, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the American Fertility Association.