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2001 Polaris Pkwy
Columbus, OH 43240

Phone: (614) 293-6694

Email: westman.1@osu.edu


Current OSU Appointment

Professor-Clinical, Human Genetics


Clinical Interest

Clinical Genetics (M.D.)


I have been a clinician educator for the majority of my career with an emphasis on teaching foundational science to medical students, organizing curricula and the infrastructure of the medical student portion of the College of Medicine, and as an educator one-on-one with my patients. I have been able to take these skills to a national and international level through writing a textbook on genetics, a high level of participation in the development and management of the US Medical Licensing Examinations through the NBME, and in conducting accreditation site visits overseas in the United Arab Emirates as a consultant for the Commission on Academic Accreditation for the UAE government.


AMA Science, Quality, and Public Health Group. Family medical history in disease prevention. Chicago: American Medical Association, January 2004.

Westman JA. Medical Genetics for the Modern Clinician. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, January 2006.



1982 - present MD: State Medical Board of Ohio
1986 - present Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics: American Board of Pediatrics
1987 - present Fellow, American College of Medical Genetics: American Board of Medical Genetics

Chapters in Books

Fontana MB, Hitchcock C, Westman JA. "Team-based learning." In The Clinical Teaching Handbook. Edited by Hudson A, Watson D. -. Columbus: The Ohio State University, January 2007.


Clinical Services

07/01/2008 Cancer Genetics Outpatient Clinic (Polaris Innovation Centre)
05/01/2012 Cancer Genetics Outpatient Clinic (Morehouse Medical Plaza)
07/01/1987 - 06/01/1999 Pediatric and Prenatal Genetics (Columbus Children's Hospital, Pediatrics)
05/01/1996 - 06/01/2008 Medcal Genetics (OSU Medical Center, Internal Medicine)


South,Christopher,D; Hampel,Heather; Corneras,Ilene; Westman,Judith; De la Chapelle,Albert. "Prevalence of Muir-Torre syndrome in a Lynch syndrome database." In GASTROENTEROLOGY. (April 2007). A301-A301.



1978 B.S., Ohio Northern University

1981 M.D., The Ohio State University

1987 M.S., The Ohio State University



2008 - present Teaching Award. College of Medicine Integrated Pathway program.
2009 - present Special Recognition. College of Medicine Graduating Class 2009.
2010 - present Teaching Award. College of Medicine Integrated Pathway program.
2013 - present Courage to Teach. College of Medicine.

Journal Articles

Westman,J,A; Barson,W,J; Powell,D,A. "Dactylitis and tuberculid eruptions in a child with primary tuberculosis.." Pediatr Infect Dis. Vol. 3, no. 3. (May 1984.): 251-253.

Westman,J,A; Morrow,G. "Moped injuries in children.." Pediatrics. Vol. 74, no. 5. (November 1984.): 820-822.

Westman,J,A. "Effectiveness of moped legislation.." Pediatrics. Vol. 76, no. 2. (August 1985.): 331-.

Westman,J,A; Richardson,D,C; Rennert,O,M; Morrow,G. "Atypical Menkes steely hair disease.." Am J Med Genet. Vol. 30, no. 3. (July 1988.): 853-858.

Davies,K,E; Patterson,M,N; Kenwrick,S,J; Bell,M,V; Sloan,H,R; Westman,J,A; Elsas,L,J; Mahan,J. "Fine mapping of glycerol kinase deficiency and congenital adrenal hypoplasia within Xp21 on the short arm of the human X chromosome.." Am J Med Genet. Vol. 29, no. 3. (March 1988.): 557-564.

Westman J, Clemson C, Worcester D, Bolen P, Bolen D. "More than one set of twins: the odds and odysseys." Twins. Vol. 4, no. 6. (May 1988.): 20-25.

Westman JA. "A realistic handbook (book review)." Twins. Vol. 5, no. 6. (May 1989.): 17-.

Hamoudi AC, Mahan JD, Westman JA, Sommer A. "4(del p) syndrome and cytomegalovirus.." Pediatric pathology. Vol. 9, no. 2. (January 1989.): 231-232.

Kaler,S,G; Westman,J,A; BERNES,S,M; Elsayed,A,M; Bowe,C,M; FREEMAN,K,LB; Wu,C,D; Wallach,M,T. "Gastrointestinal hemorrhage associated with gastric polyps in Menkes disease.." JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS. Vol. 122, no. 1. (January 1993.): 93-95.

Sidransky,E; Ginns,E,I; Westman,J,A; Ehmann,W,C. "Pathologic fractures may develop in Gaucher patients receiving enzyme replacement therapy.." Am J Hematol. Vol. 47, no. 3. (November 1994.): 247-249.

Tsao,C,Y; Westman,J,A. "Infantile spasms in two children with Williams syndrome.." Am J Med Genet. Vol. 71, no. 1. (July 1997.): 54-56.

Babovic-Vuksanovic,D; Westman,J,A; Jalal,S,M; Lindor,N,M. "Clinical characteristics associated with dup17(q24q25.1) in a mosaic mother and two non-mosaic daughters.." Clin Dysmorphol. Vol. 7, no. 3. (July 1998.): 171-176.

Westman JA. "Cancer, genetics and you." Heartbeat. Vol. 9, no. 4. (January 1998.): 7-.

Thorland,E,C; Drost,J,B; Lusher,J,M; Warrier,I; Shapiro,A; Koerper,M,A; DiMichele,D; Westman,J; Key,N,S; SOMMER,S,S. "Anaphylactic response to factor IX replacement therapy in haemophilia B patients: complete gene deletions confer the highest risk.." Haemophilia : the official journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia. Vol. 5, no. 2. (March 1999.): 101-105.

Westman JA. "A test for the future.." Gynecologic oncology. Vol. 74, no. 3. (September 1999.): 329-330.

Westman,J; Hampel,H; Bradley,T. "Efficacy of a touchscreen computer based family cancer history questionnaire and subsequent cancer risk assessment.." J Med Genet. Vol. 37, no. 5. (May 2000.): 354-360.

Comer R, Westman J, Hoekstra J. "The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health.." Academic Medicine. Vol. 75, no. 9. (September 2000.): S297-S299.

Sweet,K,M; Bradley,T,L; Westman,J,A. "Identification and referral of families at high risk for cancer susceptibility." JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY. Vol. 20, no. 2. (January 2002.): 528-537.

Sweet,K,M; Willis,S,K; Ashida,S; Westman,J,A. "Use of fear-appeal techniques in the design of tailored cancer risk communication messages: implications for health care providers." JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY. Vol. 21, no. 17. (September 2003.): 3375-3376.

Murden RA, Way DP, Hudson A, Westman JA. "Professionalism deficiencies in a first-quarter doctor-patient relationship course predict poor clinical performance in medical school." Acad Med. Vol. 79, no. 10 Suppl. (October 2004.): S46-S48.

Hampel H, Sweet K, Westman JA, Offit K, Eng C. "Referral for cancer genetics consultation: a review and compilation of risk assessment criteria.." JOURNAL OF MEDICAL GENETICS. Vol. 41, no. 2. (February 2004.): 81-91.

Hampel H, Frankel WL, Martin E, Arnold M, Khanduja K, Kuebler P, Nakagawa H, Sotamaa K, Prior TW, Westman J, Panescu J, Fix D, Lockman J, Comeras I, de la Chapelle A, Ellison C, Melvin S, Winston J, Adeli A, Burak W, Chadwick R, Elkhatib I, Hemingway T, Jamieson K, Johnson C, LaJeunesse J, Liyanarachchi S, Rangel P, Soble D, Walker M, Wise T, Zhang Y, Schlanger R, Aguilar P, Hura D, Keith J, Kerner B, LaValle G, Taylor C, Vara T, Zangmeister J, DeVictor S, Hines L, Lindsey M, Madhavan J, Padmanabhan A, Hamelberg K, Niemann T, Behrens BC, Blair SC, Brimer M, George CS, Hicks WJ, Hofmeister JK, Kourlas PJ, Matyas JA, Mitchell J, Nichols KE, Sweeney TJ, Toscano RL, Wheeler WL, Wise W, Williams T, Miller S, Moore TD, Dunlop CLM, Kammesheidt A, Schymick J, Papadopoulos N. "Screening for the Lynch syndrome (hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer).." NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE. Vol. 352, no. 18. (May 2005.): 1851-1860.

Hampel H, Frankel W, Panescu J, Lockman J, Sotamaa K, Fix D, Comeras I, La Jeunesse J, Nakagawa H, Westman JA, Prior TW, Clendenning M, Penzone P, Lombardi J, Dunn P, Cohn DE, Copeland L, Eaton L, Fowler J, Lewandowski G, Vaccarello L, Bell J, Reid G, de la Chapelle A. "Screening for Lynch Syndrome (HNPCC) among endometrial cancer patients." CANCER RESEARCH. Vol. 66, no. 15. (August 2006.): 7810-7817.

South CD, Hampel H, Comeras I, Westman J, De la Chapelle A. "Prevalence of Muir-Torre syndrome in a Lynch syndrome database." GASTROENTEROLOGY. Vol. 132, no. 4. (April 2007.): A301-A301.


Hampel H, Paneseu J, Lockman J, Sotamaa K, Fix D, Comeras I, LaJeunesse J, Nakagawa H, Westman JA, Prior TW, Clendenning M, De la Chapelle A, Frankel W, Penzone P, Cohn DE, Copeland L, Eaton L, Fowler J, Lombardi J, Dunn P, Bell J, Reid G, Lewandowski G, Vaccarello L. "Comment on: Screening for Lynch Syndrome (hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer) among endometrial cancer patients (letter)." Cancer Research. Vol. 67, no. 19. (October 2007.): 9603-.

Kelly KM, Porter K, Remy A, Westman JA. "Promotion of cancer family history awareness: JamesLink cancer risk assessment tool at community health fairs." Journal of genetic counseling. Vol. 17, no. 3. (June 2008.): 274-282.

McClain MR, Palomaki GE, Hampel H, Westman JA, Haddow JE. "Screen positive rates among six family history screening protocols for breast/ovarian cancer in four cohorts of women." Familial Cancer. Vol. 7, no. 4. (December 2008.): 341-345.

Ferketich AK, Katz ML, Kauffman RM, Paskett ED, Lemeshow S, Westman JA, Clinton SK, Bloomfield CD, Wewers ME. "Tobacco use among the Amish in Holmes County, Ohio." JOURNAL OF RURAL HEALTH. Vol. 24, no. 1. (January 2008.): 84-90.

South CD, Hampel H, Comeras I, Westman JA, Frankel WL, de la Chapelle A. "The frequency of Muir-Torre syndrome among Lynch syndrome families.." JOURNAL OF THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE. Vol. 100, no. 4. (February 2008.): 277-281.

Sturm AC, Sweet K, Schwirian PM, Koenig C, Westman J, Kelly KM. "Lessons learned while developing a cancer family history campaign in the Columbus, Ohio metropolitan area.." COMMUNITY GENETICS. Vol. 11, no. 5. (November 2008.): 304-310.

Hampel H, Frankel WL, Martin E, Arnold M, Khanduja K, Kuebler P, Clendenning M, Sotamaa K, Prior T, Westman JA, Panescu J, Fix D, Lockman J, LaJeunesse J, Comeras I, de la Chapelle A. "Feasibility of screening for Lynch syndrome among patients with colorectal cancer." JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY. Vol. 26, no. 35. (December 2008.): 5783-5788.

Kelly KM, Ferketich AK, Sturm AC, Porter K, Sweet K, Kemp K, Schwirian P, Westman JA. "Cancer risk and risk communication in urban, lower-income neighborhoods." Preventive Medicine. Vol. 48, (January 2009.): 392-396.

Westman JA, Ferketich AK, Kauffman RM, MacEachern SN, Wilkins JR, Wilcox PP, Pilarski RT, Nagy R, Lemeshow S, De la Chapelle A, Bloomfield CD. "Low cancer incidence rates in Ohio Amish." Cancer Causes & Control. Vol. 21, no. 1. (January 2010.): 69-75.

Katz ML, Ferketich AK, Paskett ED, Harley A, Reiter PL, Lemeshow S, Westman JA, Clinton SK, Bloomfield CD. "Cancer screening practices among Amish and non-Amish adults living in Ohio Appalachia." JOURNAL OF RURAL HEALTH. Vol. 3, no. 27. (June 2011.): 302-309.

Kopp BT, Pastore MT, Sturm AC, Holtzlander MJ, Westman JA. "A novel exon duplication of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator in a patient presenting with adult onset recurrent pancreatitis." Pancreas. Vol. 5, no. 40. (July 2011.): 773-777.

Nagy R, Wang H, Albrecht B, Wieczorek D, Gillessen-Kaesbach G, Haan E, Meinecke P, de la Chapelle A, Westman JA. "Microcephalic osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type I with biallelic mutations in the RNU4ATAC gene." Clin Genet. Vol. 82, no. 2. (August 2011.): 140-146.

He H, Liyanarachchi S, Akagi Keiko, Nagy R, Li J, Dietrich RC, Li W, Sebastian N, Wen B, Xin B, Singh J, Yan P, Alder H, Haan E, Wieczorek D, Albrecht B, Puffenberger E, Wang H, Westman JA, Padgett RA, Symer DE, de la Chapelle A. "Mutations in U4atac snRNA, a component of the minor spliceosome, in the developmental disorder MOPD I." Science. Vol. 6026, no. 332. (April 2011.): 238-240.

Nagel RW, Way DP, Hudson WA, Westman JA, Hitchcock CL. "The Cognitive Behavior Survey: testing for factorial validity and time invariance across two years of medical school." Teach Learn Med. Vol. 24, no. 2. (January 2012.): 133-139.

Bellcross CA, Bedrosian SR, Daniels E, Duquette D, Hampel H, Jasperson K, Joseph DA, Kaye C, Lubin I, Meyer LJ, Reyes M, Scheuner MT, Schully SD, Senter L, Stewart SL, St Pierre J, Westman J, Wise P, Yang VW, Khoury MJ. "Implementing screening for Lynch syndrome among patients with newly diagnosed with colorectal cancer: summary of a public health/clinical collaborative meeting." Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics. Vol. 1, no. 14. (January 2012.): 152-162.

Piotrowski A, Xie J, Liu YF, Poplawski AB, Gomes AR, Madanecki P, Fu C, Crowley MR, Crossman DK, Armstrong L, Babovic-Vuksanovic D, Bergner A, Blakeley JO, Blumenthal AL, Daniels MS, Feit H, Gardner K, Hurst S, Kobelka C, Lee C, Nagy R, Rauen KA, Slopis JM, Suwannarat P, Westman JA, Zanko A, Korf BR, Messiaen LM. "Germline loss-of-function mutations in LZTR1 predispose to an inherited disorder of multiple schwannomas.." Nature Genetics. Vol. 46, no. 2. (February 2014.): 182-187.


Reference Works

January 1993 Westman JA, Bennett WF."The use of 3-D MRI to monitor the therapeutic response of Gaucher disease: a case report" xx. : 141
November 1993 Esplin J, Greenspoon JS, Cheng E, Perkins C, Westman JA, Grabowski GA."Algulcerase infusions in pregnant type I Gaucher patients" xx. : 509a
September 1994 Westman JA, Smith SM, Nottingham SL."A practical telecommunication system for genetic outreach and consultation services" xx. : A296
December 1998 Graham J, Martin E, Prior T, Isa A, Chadwick R, Westman J, de la Chapelle A."Predictive value of microsatellite instability screening for counseling families with hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC)" xx. : 455
October 1999 Westman JA, Stover EH, Singley C."Microcephalic osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type I in the Amish" xx. : A348
October 1999 Graham JS, Bradley TL, Hampel H, Wright F, Westman JA."Jameslink: an innovative touch-screen kiosk system for tailored cancer risk assessment and notification" xx. : A82
October 2000 Sweet K, Bradley T, Westman J."Recognition of high risk iindividuals for hereditary cancer syndromes and referral by comprehensive cancer center staff" xx. : S253
October 2001 Roth SG, Baldia C, Archer K, Bowman A, Call S, Rau R, Comeras I, Westman JA."The Ohio Amish Population Study Phase I" xx. : S387
June 2003 MacEachern SN, Ferketich AK, Lemeshow S, Shen L, Westman J, de la Chapelle A, Bloomfield C."Estimating incidence rates using pedigree sampling" xx. : S54
November 2003 Westman JA, MacEachern SN, Ferketich AK, Lemeshow S, Pilarski R, Nagy R, de la Chapelle A, Bloomfield CD."Low cancer incidence rates in Ohio Amish" xx. : 373
November 2003 Hampel H, Sweet K, Westman JA, Eng C."Development and use of risk assessment criteria to evaluate cancer family histories" xx. : 404
June 2004 Ferketich AF, Westman JA, MacEachern SN, Lemeshow S, Wilkins JR III, de la Chapelle A, Bloomfield CD."Barriers to sampling an isolated population: The Ohio State University Amish Population Study experience" xx. : S27


"Screening medical students for attention deficit disorder." Presented at Association for Medical Education in Europe, Trondheim, NO|NOR. (August 2007)

"Identification of a novel mutation in the beta-myosin heavy chain gene associated with variable phenotypic presentation of cardiomyopathy." Presented at American College of Cardiology 57th Annual Scientific Session (Heart Failure: Translational Science), Chicago, IL, US|USA. (March 2008)

"Audience response systems: leveraging interactive technology to enhance student learning." Presented at Central Group on Educational Affairs, Association of American Medical Colleges, Columbus, OH, US|USA. (April 2008)

"A career development needs assessment for 4th year medical students, PGY-3 residents, and fellows at a Midwestern medical school." Presented at 35th Annual National Association of Medical Minority Educators Conference, Richmond. (September 2010)

"Screening of newly diagnosed individuals with colorectal cancer for Lynch syndrome: the Ohio State University experience." Presented at American College of Medical Genetics 2010 Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM, US|USA. (March 2010)

"Team-based Learning via Team-based Learning." Presented at Lead.Serve.Inspire Education Symposium, Columbus, OH. (May 2011)

"Active learning workshop." Presented at 17th Annual Meeting of the Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics, Kiowah Island, SC. (May 2011)


Professional Activities

2006 - present Accreditation site visitor. Ministry of Higher Education and Research.