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Katharine A. Bisordi, MS, MGC

Academic Title:

Instructor

Primary Appointment:

Pediatrics

Additional Title:

Genetic Counselor

Phone (Primary):

410-706-7569

Fax:

410-706-1644

Education and Training

  • College of the Holy Cross, BA, Biology, 2006
  • Indiana University School of Medicine, MS, Medical and Molecular Genetics, 2011
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine, MGC, Genetic Counseling, 2014

Biosketch

 

Katharine Bisordi is a genetic counselor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Katharine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology with a double concentration in Pre-Medicine and Biology Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA in 2006. She earned a Master of Science in Medical and Molecular Genetics at the Indiana School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN in 2011. After graduating, she worked as a Genetic Specialist in the research department at the Indiana Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center, Inc. before moving to Baltimore, MD to pursue her career in genetic counseling. In 2014, she earned a Master in Genetic Counseling degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore, where she studied factors that influence parental decision to disclose carrier status to daughters in families with hemophilia. She is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. After graduating, she joined the genetics team in the UMSOM Department of Pediatrics.

Katharine’s clinical activities focus on adult oncology, pediatric hematology/oncology, general pediatric and adult genetics, and telegenetics. Research activities include working on various projects with diverse topics such as monogenic diabetes, human disease ontology, and telegenetics program expansion and training site development. Katharine also remains active in the UMSOM Master’s in Genetic Counseling Program as a faculty member, instructor, student thesis committee member, and student supervisor.

Currently, Katharine is a member of the planning committee to develop the Maryland and DC Society of Genetic Counselors (MDCGC, Inc.), a professional genetic counseling organization for the state of Maryland and Washington DC. In addition to working to develop the organization, Katharine was on the sub-committee to write the organization’s bylaws and is very excited to serve as the first Secretary of the MDCGC, Inc. Outside of work, Katharine enjoys working with the Muscular Dystrophy Association as a volunteer and advisory board member for both the MDA Baltimore Teen Group and MDA Maryland Summer Camp.

Research/Clinical Keywords

genetic counseling, oncology genetics, pediatric genetics, adult genetics, pediatric hematology oncology genetics, telegenetics

Highlighted Publications

Sweet CR, Chatterjee S, Xu Z, Bisordi K, Rosen ED, Alber M. Modeling Platelet-Blood Flow Interaction Using Subcellular Element Langevin Method. Journal of the Royal Society Interface.  2011 Dec 7;8(65):1760-71

Leppert K, Bisordi K, Nieto J, Maloney K, Guan Y, Delany Dixon S, Egense A. Genetic Counselors' Experience with and Opinions on the Management of Newborn Screening Incidental Carrier Finding. Journal of Genetic Counseling.  2018 Apr 23.

Additional Publication Citations

Abstracts:

  • Marcucci KT, Bisordi K, March K, Rosen ED, High KA. AAV-2 delivered Factor IX is secreted with full clotting activity from human adipose stromal cells differentiated towards hepatocytes. Accepted for Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 2010 Scientific Sessions. San Francisco, CA. April 8th-10th, 2010
  • Bisordi KA, Zollman A, Rosen ED. The role of activated protein C (APC) on the thrombotic activity of endothelial cells. 3rd Annual Meeting of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI). Indianapolis, IN. April 25th, 2011
  • Bisordi KA, Zollman A, Rosen ED. The role of activated protein C (APC) on the thrombotic activity of endothelial cells. 2011 National Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program Meeting. St. Louis, MO. May 13th-15th, 2011
  • Bisordi K, Blout C, Heiman M, Dixon S, Scott J. An Investigation Into The Factors That Influence Parental Decision To Disclose Carrier Status To Daughters In Families With Hemophilia. Accepted for National Society for Genetic Counselors 33rd Annual Education Meeting. New Orleans, LA. September 17-20th, 2014
  • Billet J, Shelley S, Bisordi K, Dixon S, Joines J.Exploring the psychosocial experiences of women who had telemedicine genetic counseling for recently diagnosed breast cancer. Accepted for ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting. Phoenix, AZ. March 21-25th, 2017
  • Leppert K, Bisordi K, Nieto J, Maloney K, Guan Y, Delany Dixon S, Egense A. Genetic Counselors' Experience with and Opinions on the Management of Newborn Screening Incidental Carrier Finding. Accepted for National Society for Genetic Counselors 36th Annual Education Conference. Columbus, OH. September 13-16th, 2017

Invited Presentations (Local):

  • IUSM Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics Seminar Series, “Adipose Stromal Cells as a Therapy for Hemophilia” Indianapolis, IN, 2009
  • Indiana CTSI Winter Reception for 1st year funded trainees, “Adipose Stromal Cells as a Therapy for Hemophilia” Indianapolis, IN, 2010
  • IUSM Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics Research Club, “Protein C in Thrombus Development” Indianapolis, IN, 2010
  • Indiana CTSI Spring Reception for 2nd year funded trainees, “The role of activated protein C (APC) on the thrombotic activity of endothelial cells” Indianapolis, IN, 2011
  • UMBWMC Ask the Expert Community Presentation, “Risky Genes: Genetics & Breast Cancer” Baltimore, MD, 2015
  • Baltimore Washington Genetics Group Meeting, “Adventures with Paired Germline and Somatic Testing ~ The UMD Experience” Baltimore, MD (February 8, 2018)

Proffered Communications (National):

  • Bisordi KA, Guay-Woodford L. Genomic analysis of the PKHD1 gene in clinically affected ARPKD patients. University of Alabama Birmingham SIBS Summer Research Intern Poster Session. Birmingham, AL. July 2005.
  • Bisordi KA, Guay-Woodford L. Genomic analysis of the PKHD1 gene in clinically affected ARPKD patients. College of the Holy Cross Summer Research Intern Poster Session. Worcester, MA. September 2005.
  • Bisordi KA, Zollman A, Rosen ED. Adipose stromal cell transplantation for hemophilia therapy. IUSM Medical and Molecular Department Genetics Retreat. Indianapolis, IN. September 2008.

Research Interests

Currently, Katharine works on various projects, including A Case Finding Approach to Screening for monogenic Diabetes, The Human Disease Ontology, and various student thesis projects. Most recently, she was part of a team that received a HRSA sponsored grant and has been working with NYMAC (New York Mid-Atlantic Consortium) to expand the current telegenetics clinical program and also develop a regional telegenetics training site using a combination of web-based and in person training methods.

Previously, Katharine was the was the Program Coordinator of the COILS Study (Coordination, Outcomes and Information in Long-term Newborn Screening Follow-Up), which was coordinated through the Office for Genetics and People with Special Health Care Needs in the Prevention and Health Promotion Administration at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. This research focused on the assessment of long term follow up of children identified through the Maryland state newborn screening (NBS) program. The overarching goal of this pilot study was to create a data set that can be more efficiently collected from pediatric primary care practices in order to answer critical questions about the status of long term NBS follow up for the target population and to demonstrate the feasibility of collecting this data. Specifically, we aimed to measure the medical home characteristics of practices currently caring for children identified on NBS, pilot a data collection and analysis tool that will evaluate clinical outcomes for children with the target conditions, determine whether primary care providers have access to and utilize information regarding evidence based treatments for longitudinal care of conditions identified on NBS, and pilot electronic data sharing between the primary care clinician, family, specialist and public health surveillance system. We are piloting this study with two NBS populations (those identified as having hearing impairment or sickle cell disease) with the ultimate goal of expanding to all conditions identified on NBS

Clinical Specialty Details

Katharine provides genetic counseling and risk assessment for individuals and families suspected of having a hereditary risk of cancer at the Tate Cancer Center at University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center. She also provides telegenetic counseling through Carroll Hospital and UM Shore Regional Health. She primarily counsels patients referred for a personal or family history of breast, colon, and ovarian cancer, as well as rare inherited cancer predisposition syndromes.

More recently, Katharine has entered into the area of pediatric genetics, specifically pediatric hematology oncology and general pediatric genetics.

Community Service

Katharine is an active member of the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Baltimore, MD. She has been a volunteer for the MDA Baltimore Teen Group since 2012 and MDA Maryland Summer Camp since 2013. She is also a member of the Summer Camp Leadership Team and Teen Group Leadership Team since 2015.

Professional Activity

Professional Society Memberships

  • National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC), 2013-Present
  • NSGC Student/New Member Special Interest Group (Outreach Task Force), 2013-2015
  • NSGC Cancer Special Interest Group, 2014-Present
  • NSGC Cancer Special Interest Group Pediatric Subcommittee, 2017-Present
  • NSGC Research Special Interest Group, 2017-Present
  • Baltimore-Washington Genetics Group (BGG), 2017-Present
  • Maryland and DC Society of Genetic Counselor (MDCGC, Inc.) General Membership, 2018-Present
  • Maryland and DC Society of Genetic Counselor (MDCGC, Inc.) Board of Directors - Secretary, 2018-Present

Institutional Service

Since 2014, Katharine has been a member of the Cancer Committee and Breast Cancer Leadership Committee at the Tate Cancer Center at UM BWMC. Since 2016, she has been involved in teaching of the medical students, residents, and is a lecturer in the Masters in Genetic Counseling Training Program, UMSOM. For the MGC program she serves as an interviewer, oral exam committee member, standardize patient committee member, and thesis committee member for Masters in Genetic Counseling students. In addition, she serves as a Clinical Rotation Supervisor for Masters in Genetic Counseling Students. She has also been part of the planning committee for the 2017 and 2019 MGC Supervisor Workshops.

Links of Interest