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Jeanette Joan McCarthy

Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Family Medicine and Community Health
Duke Box 3445, 905 S. LaSalle St., Durham, NC 27710
905 S. LaSalle St, GSRB-I Room 2004, Durham, NC 27710


As a genetic epidemiologist, I spent the earlier part of my career researching the genetic underpinnings of complex diseases, both infectious and chronic. More recently, I have turned my attention to precision medicine education. As a leading educator in the field of genomic and precision medicine, I now spend my time demystifying genomics for non-technical audiences, including health care providers, patients and other stakeholders. In 2014 I helped launch the first consumer-facing magazine in this field, Genome, where I served as editor-in-chief until 2016. I teach genomic and precision medicine online through Coursera and through the Precision Medicine Academy. I also design and deliver custom workshops and courses to international audiences. My workshops and online courses are meant to increase awareness, improve genomic literacy and teach practical skills for implementing precision medicine.  I am also coauthor of the book, Precision Medicine: A Guide to Genomics in Clinical Practice (2016, McGraw Hill Education).

Visit: Precision Medicine Academy

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health · 2011 - Present Family Medicine and Community Health, Clinical Science Departments
Executive Team Member of Duke Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine · 2014 - Present The Precision Medicine Program, Medicine

Education, Training & Certifications

University of California, Berkeley · 1993 Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley · 1991 M.P.H.