Karlene Coleman, RN,MN,CGC

Senior Associate

Office: ND

Phone: 404-785-6641

Email: karlene.coleman@choa.org

Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta - Egleston

1405 Clifton Rd

Atlanta, GA 30322

Research Interests

My background is in nursing and genetic counseling. I currently serve as a genetic counselor for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) at Egleston.  My research interests include several collaborative projects involving CHOA, Emory, and the Centers for Disease Control andPrevention (CDC) including incidence, morbidity and mortality after cardiac surgery, and clinical presentations in 22q11 deletions. This syndrome is one of the more common chromosome problems seen in the pediatric population and is currently  estimated to occur in 1 of every 4,000 live births.

Areas of Specialization

  • Incidence, morbidity and mortality after cardiac surgery
  • Clinical presentations in 22q11 deletions


  • BS, Nursing, Medical College of Georgia , 1971
  • MN, Emory University School of Nursing, 1975
  • Post-graduate training program in genetic counseling, Emory University School of Medicine, 1975-1977

Board Certifications

  • 1971-present Registered Nurse - Georgia, R35490
  • 1982-present Board Certified in Genetic Counseling, American Board of Medical Genetics, Inc.

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Medical Genetics
  • American Society of Human Genetics
  • Bioethics Committee Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
  • National Society of Genetic Counselors
  • Southeast Regional Genetics Group