Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Altovise Ewing, PhD

Genetic Counselor

Southeastern Regional Medical Center

"I am committed to demystifying the role of genetics in an integrative cancer care model for stakeholders and families diagnosed with hereditary cancer predispositions."

- Altovise Ewing, PhD
Altovise Ewing, PhD

Degree(s)

  • PhD, Genetics and Human Genetics – Howard University, Washington, D.C.
  • BA, Biology – Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee

Fellowship(s)

  • Genetic Counseling, Public Health Genomics & Cancer Health Disparities – Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore

Practicing Since: 2014

Patients and families coping with cancer are faced with an increasing amount of genetic information that can be difficult to decipher but may be pertinent to care. Dr. Altovise Ewing, Genetic Counselor at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), is dedicated to helping patients navigate genetic information and integrate it into their decision-making about their treatment.

Dr. Ewing earned her Bachelor of Art in Biology at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2005. After teaching middle school science with Teach for America for two years, she returned to academia. Dr. Ewing completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Genetics and Human Genetics, specializing in Genetic Counseling, at Howard University in 2011.

As part of her training, Dr. Ewing completed summer internships in genetic counseling at the National Human Genome Research Institute and the National Cancer Institute. She provided genetic counseling services to patients at Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and other regional health care facilities. She also analyzed research on medical diagnoses, reviewed family histories and provided education on genetic etiology of diseases.

From 2012 to 2014, Dr. Ewing was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Dr. Ewing’s postdoctoral research focused on genetic counseling, public health genomics and cancer health disparities. Her work focused on the inclusion of diverse patient populations in cancer research and developing educational approaches for patients and families.

Dr. Ewing is a member of the Genetics Forum Policy Committee of the American Public Health Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Society of Genetic Counselors, among other professional organizations and advisory committees. She has presented her research at national conferences and published her research in medical journals and popular magazines.

Dr. Ewing joined CTCA in October 2014. She provides on-site cancer genetics education to our clinicians and offers genetic counseling to patients who may have a hereditary predisposition to cancer.

When she is not at CTCA, Dr. Ewing enjoys playing softball, taking boot camp and spin classes, and training for athletic competitions. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise.

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