Skip to main content

Genetic counseling

  • Shari Baldinger, genetic counselor and manager of genetic counseling services for Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, explains who a genetic counselor is and how genetic counseling may help families.

    expand to learn moreVideo transcript: Genetic counseling at Virginia Piper Cancer Institute

    Cancer genetic counseling: How it can help you and your family

    expand to learn moreWhat is cancer genetic counseling?

    expand to learn moreIs cancer genetic counseling right for you?

    expand to learn moreWhat is genetic testing?

    expand to learn moreHow do you take a genetic test?

    expand to learn moreHow is this service billed?

  • Make an appointment

    Worried about inheriting cancer or passing it on?

    Talk with your health care provider or call a genetic counselor at 612-863-0200. We see patients at these locations:

    Abbott Northwestern Hospital

    Mercy Hospital - Mercy Campus

    United Hospital


    Before your first appointment, you may be asked to fill out the family history patient intake packet.

    TeleHealth services

    We provide cancer genetic counseling through TeleHealth services. Real-time, remote, face-to-face health care video interactions provide individual cancer risk assessment and management plans based on personal and family history. Genetic testing will be arranged as needed.

    If you are interested in this service, call 612-863-0228.

    Locations where TeleHealth services are provided include:

    • Buffalo Hospital
    • Cambridge Medical Center
    • Cuyuna Regional Medical Center
    • District One Hospital
    • First Light Health System
    • Glencoe Regional Health Services
    • New Ulm Medical Center
    • River Falls Area Hospital
    • Riverwood Healthcare Center
    • Willmar Regional Cancer Center


    Video for patients newly diagnosed with breast cancer.