Carla McGruder

Patient Support Services

Carla McGruder is a board- certified genetic counselor with a focus on oncology genetics.

Educational Background

Carla McGruder earned her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston. She was trained by genetic counselors at Baylor College of Medicine and training from MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Awards & Research

She is a Board-Certified Genetic Counselor. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and the Texas Society of Genetic Counselors, where she is currently the Legislative Affairs Chair of the latter. Carla is currently pursuing research opportunities regarding the prevalence of hereditary cancer in minority populations. She regularly attends family reunions for the purpose of educating high risk family members of their genetic mutation status.

What I Love About My Job

“When families are affected by cancer, the first question is ‘why?’. While we can’t answer that question for most people, I enjoy when we do have a reason for cancer in families. In those special cases, we can provide personalized care and that makes a huge difference for everyone and can give true peace of mind.”