Wendy R. Uhlmann, MS, CGC
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Human Genetics
Genetic Counselor/Clinic Coordinator, Medical Genetics Clinic


Phone: (734) 763-2532

Campus mail address:
Division of Molecular Medicine & Genetics
300 North Ingalls, NI3 A03, SPC 5419
Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Wendy R. Uhlmann, MS, CGC is the genetic counselor/clinic coordinator of the Medical Genetics Clinic at the University of Michigan.  She is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Human Genetics and an executive faculty member of the genetic counseling training program. 

Wendy Uhlmann is a Past President of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Genetic Alliance and as NSGC’s liaison to the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research. Currently she serves on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Genomics and Population Health Action Collaborative (GPHAC), Population Screening Committee, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC), Medical Genetics Working Group, the Scientific Advisory Board of the Michigan Biotrust and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Genetic Counseling.

She co-edited the book “A Guide to Genetic Counseling,” which is used internationally in genetic counseling graduate programs.  Wendy Uhlmann was the recipient of NSGC’s Regional Leadership Award in 1996, the Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2009 and the Natalie Weissberger Paul Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

Research Interests

Ethical issues and genetic testing
Predictive genetic testing
Genetic counseling and risk communication
Genetics policy issues
Integration of genetics into healthcare


1983 Oberlin College, BA, Biology
1987 University of Michigan, MS, Human Genetics

Board Certification

1985 National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel, Clinical Laboratory Specialist in Cytogenetics
1990 American Board of Medical Genetics
1993 American Board of Genetic Counseling, Recognized as Charter Member

Honors & Awards

1996 National Society of Genetic Counselors, Regional Leadership Award
2009 National Society of Genetic Counselors, Outstanding Volunteer Award
2011 National Society of Genetic Counselors, Natalie Weisberger Paul Lifetime Achievement Award
2013 University of Michigan, Basic Science Teaching Award in Human Genetics

Selected Publications

Christensen KD, Uhlmann WR, Roberts JS, Linnenbringer E, Whitehouse PJ, Royal CDM, Obisesan TO, Cupples LA, Butson MB, Fasaye GA, Hiraki S, Chen CA, Siebert U, Cook-Deegan R, Green RC, REVEAL Study Group: A randomized controlled trial of disclosing genetic risk information for Alzheimer's disease via telephone. Genet Med Epub 7/20/17: In press, 2017. PM28726810

Williams LW, Quinonez SC, Uhlmann WR: The genetics journey: A case report of a genetic diagnosis made 30 years later. J Genet Couns Epub 6/13/17: In press, 2017. PM28612151

Koeller DR, Uhlmann WR, Carere DA, Green RC, Roberts JS; PGen Study Group: Utilization of genetic counseling after direct-to-consumer genetic testing: Findings from the Impact of Personal Genomics (PGen) Study. J Genet Couns Epub 5/16/17: In press, 2017. PM28512697

Uhlmann, WR, Schwalm, K, Raymond, VM: Development of a streamlined work flow for handling patients' genetic testing insurance authorizations. J Genet Couns 26(4): 657-668, 2017. PM28439751 53.

Quinonez SC, Gelehrter TD, Uhlmann WR: A Marfan syndrome-like phenotype caused by a
neocentromeric supernumerary ring chromosome 15. Am J Med Genet A 9999A: 1-6, 2016. PM27739187

Hercher L, Uhlmann WR, Hoffman EP, Gustafson S, Chen KM, Public Policy Committee of NSGC: Prenatal testing for adult-onset conditions: the position of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. J Genet Couns 25(6): 1139-1145, 2016. PM27363385

Ostergren JE, Gornick MC, Carere DA, Kalia SS, Uhlmann WR, Ruffin MT, Mountain JL, Green RC, Roberts JS, et al.: How Well Do Customers of Direct-to-Consumer Personal Genomic Testing Services Comprehend Genetic Test Results? Findings from the Impact of Personal Genomics Study for the PGen Study Group. Public Health Genomics 18(4): 216-224, 2015. PM26087778

Birkeland AC, Uhmann WR, Brenner JC, Shuman AG: Getting personal: head and neck cancer management in the era of genomic medicine. Head & Neck 38(Suppl 1): E2250-E2258, 2015. PM25995036

Zazove P, Plegue MA, Uhlmann WR, Ruffin MT 4th: Prompting primary care providers about increased patient risk as a result of family history: Does It work? J Am Board Fam Med 28(3): 334-342, 2015. PM25957366

Uhlmann WR, Peñaherrera MS, Robinson WP, Milunsky JM, Nicholson JM, Albin RL: Biallelic mutations in Huntington disease: A new case with just one affected parent, review of the literature and terminology. AmJ Med Genet A 167A(5): 1152-1160, 2015. PM25736541

Sagi M, Uhlmann WR: Genetic counseling services and training of genetic counselors in Israel: an overview. J Genet Couns 22(6): 890-896, 2013. PM23435755

Roberts JS, Uhlmann WR: Genetic susceptibility testing for neurodegenerative diseases: ethical and practice issues. Prog Neurobiol 110: 89-101, 2013. PM23583530

Burke W, Antommaria AH, Bennett R, Botkin J, Clayton EW, Henderson GE, Holm IA, Jarvik GP, Khoury MJ, Knoppers BM, Press NA, Ross LF, Rothstein MA, Saal H, Uhlmann WR, Wilfond B, Wolf SM, Zimmern R: Recommendations for returning genomic incidental findings? We need to talk! Genet Med 15(11): 854-859, 2013. PM23907645

Uhlmann WR, Sharp RR: Genetic testing integration panels (GTIPs): a novel approach for considering integration of direct-to-consumer and other new genetic tests into patient care. J Genet Couns 21(3): 374-381, 2012. PM22246561

Roberts JS, Chen CA, Uhlmann WR, Green RC: Effectiveness of a condensed protocol for disclosing APOE genotype and providing risk education for Alzheimer disease. Genet Med 14(8): 742-748, 2012. PM22498844

Hock KT, Christensen KD, Yashar BM, Roberts JS, Gollust SE, Uhlmann WR: Direct-to-consumer genetic testing: an assessment of genetic counselors' knowledge and beliefs. Genet Med 13(4): 325-332, 2011. PM21233722

Uhlmann WR, Guttmacher AE: Key internet genetics resources for the clinician. JAMA 299(11): 1356-1358, 2008. PM18349098

Guttmacher AE, Jenkins J, Uhlmann WR: Genomic medicine: who will practice it? A call to open arms. Am J Med Genet 106(3): 216-222, 2001. PM11778982

Uhlmann WR. National Society of Genetic Counselors Natalie Weissburger Paul lifetime achievement award address: the power of connecting. J Genet Couns, 2012 Feb; 21(1):7-12. PM22271376

Uhlmann WR: 1999 Presidential address to the National Society of Genetic Counselors J Genet Couns 9(1): 3-8, 2000. PM26141080


Books & Book Chapters

Uhlmann WR, Schuette JL, Yashar BM (ed.) A Guide to Genetic Counseling 2nd edition. Wiley-Blackwell: New York, NY. July 2009.

Baker DL, Schuette JL, Uhlmann WR (ed.). A Guide to Genetic Counseling. 1st edition. Wiley-Liss Inc.: New York, 1998.


Uhlmann WR. When Genes Are Decoded, Who Should See the Results? Invited essay, New York Times. Page D7, February 29, 2000. Link to article

Uhlmann WR. Why we need to talk openly about death: The ultimate homework assignment. Newsweek.com, My Turn: Health Triumphs. Link to article.
October 3, 2008.

The Evolving Field of Genetic Testing

Where the Genetics Revolution Meets the Patient

National Society of Genetic Counselors Natalie Weissberger Paul National Achievement Award

Additional Links

Human Genetics Faculty Page

School of Public Health, HBHE Genetics Research Group

Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine


Updated Aug 2017