Robert Pilarski, MS, CGC, MSW, LSW
Certified Genetic Counselor
Licensed Social Worker
Clinical Cancer Genetics Program
Clinical Associate Professor
Division of Human Genetics
Department of Internal Medicine
The Ohio State University
Comprehensive Cancer Center
2001 Polaris Parkway
Columbus, OH 43240
Toll free: 1-888-329-1654
Clinical Cancer Genetics
Breast Cancer Tissue Bank
Psychosocial Aspects of Hereditary Disease
Rob’s clinical duties include providing comprehensive cancer genetic consultations to individuals and families with a history of cancer. Cancer Genetic consultation requires documentation of cancers in the family, risk assessment, screening recommendations, and incorporation of genetic testing as necessary. Over 400 individuals/families are seen each year in the Clinical Cancer Genetics clinic. To schedule an appointment, call 614-293-6694 or toll free at 1-888-329-1654. Click here to request appointment online.
Rob is trained as a genetic counselor with specialization in clinical cancer genetics. His research interests lie in clinical and translational aspects of cancer genetics.
Rob is the coordinator of a population-based study aiming to accruing women diagnosed with breast cancer to the Columbus Breast Cancer Tissue Bank. Samples and clinical information on patients are stored and made available to researchers investigating the genetic bases of breast cancer. Rob also coordinates a study looking at genetic factors related to the development and progression of uveal melanoma.
Rob has been involved in long term work looking at the clinical and molecular aspects of conditions due to mutations in the PTEN gene, particularly Cowden syndrome.
In addition, Rob serves as the contact genetic counselor for Ohio State’s Molecular Pathology laboratory, which offers testing for a number of hereditary cancer syndromes. His role is to handle questions from referring physicians and genetic counselors regarding test requirements, eligibility criteria, results interpretation, and similar issues.
BS, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan (Zoology), 1980
MS, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wisconsin (Medical Genetics/Genetic Counseling), 1984
MSW, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 2010