Karen A Grinzaid, MS,CGC,CCRC


Genetic Counseling Training Program


Emory Gene Screen Program

Senior Director


Genetic Counselor/Clinical and Research Coordinator

Office: 5115 New Peachtree Road, Suite 301, Chamblee, GA 30341

Phone: 404-778-8645

Email: karen.grinzaid@emory.edu

Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Karen A. Grinzaid, MS

5115 New Peachtree Road
Suite 301

Chamblee, GA 30341


Ms. Grinzaid is an instructor, program co-director and senior genetic counselor at Emory University in the Department of Human Genetics. She received her master’s degree in human genetics from the Sarah Lawrence College in 1984 and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northwestern University in 1982. She was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 1987 and by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals in 2007. Since joining the Emory Division of Medical Genetics in 1986, Ms. Grinzaid has specialized in multiple program areas including prenatal, pediatric and adult genetic counseling, newborn screening, lysosomal storage disease clinical care and research, and Jewish genetic disease carrier screening. She is currently co-director for Emory’s Gene Screen Program and senior director of the JScreen Jewish genetic disease screening program.  She also serves as co-coordinator/instructor for the Introduction to Genetic Counseling and Genetic Counseling Theory and Practice III courses (HGC 705 and 810) in Emory’s Genetic Counselor Training Program.

Areas of Specialization

  • Pre-conception carrier screening
  • Jewish genetic diseases
  • Community outreach and education
  • Gaucher disease and Lysosomal Storage Disorders


  • MS, Human Genetics, Sarah Lawrence College Genetic Counseling Training Program, 1984
  • BA, Psychology, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL,1982

Board Certifications

  • 2007: Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP)
  • 1987: American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC)

Professional Memberships

  • 2003-present: American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG)
  • 1986-present: Southeastern Regional Genetics Group (SERGG)
  • 1987-present: American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC)::::: 
  • 1984-present: National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC)