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 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 (2000-present)

Guttmacher AE, Jenkins J, Uhlmann WR. Genomic medicine: who will practice it? A call to open arms. Am J Med Genet, 2001 Fall; 106(3):216-222. (PMID 11778982).

Baker DL, Eash T, Schuette JL, Uhlmann W. Guidelines for writing patient letters. J Genet Counsel. 11: 399-418, 2002.

Uhlmann WR, Bennett R, Botkin JR, Botstein D, Boughman JA, Chakravarti A, Clayton EW, Kahn J, Koenig B, Murray TH, Olson MV, Rowley J, Terry S, Valle D. Planning the genome institute's future. Science, 2003 Mar 7; 299(5612):1515; author reply 1515. (PMID 12624247).

Uhlmann WR, Guttmacher AE. Key Internet genetics resources for the clinician. JAMA, 2008 Mar 19; 299(11):1356-1358. (PMID 18349098).

Wain KE, Uhlmann WR, Heidebrink J, Roberts JS. Living at risk: the sibling's perspective of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. J Genet Couns, 2009 Jun; 18(3):239-251. (PMID 19132519).

Mester JL, Trepanier AM, Harper CE, Rozek LS, Yashar BM, Uhlmann WR. Perceptions of licensure: a survey of Michigan genetic counselors. J Genet Couns, 2009 Aug; 18(4):357-365. (PMID 19452266).

Uhlmann WR. Response to Robert G. Resta commentary (Unprepared, understaffed, and unplanned: thoughts on the practical implications of discovering new breast and ovarian cancer causing genes). J Genet Couns, 2009 Dec; 18(6):524-526. (PMID 19798551).

Roberts JS, Karlawish JH, Uhlmann WR, Petersen RC, Green RC. Mild cognitive impairment in clinical care: a survey of American Academy of Neurology members. Neurology, 2010 Aug 3; 75(5):425-431. (PMID 20679636)  PMC 2918467.

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, 2011 Apr; 13(4):325-332. (PMID 21233722).

Christensen KD, Roberts JS, Uhlmann WR, Green RC. Changes to perceptions of the pros and cons of genetic susceptibility testing after APOE genotyping for Alzheimer disease risk. Genet Med, 2011 May; 13(5):409-414. (PMID 21270636)  PMC 3170997.

Owens KM, Marvin ML, Gelehrter TD, Ruffin M, Uhlmann WR. Clinical use of the Surgeon General's "My Family Health Portrait" (MFHP) tool: opinions of future health care providers. J Genet Couns, 2011 Oct; 20(5):510-525. (PMID 21701956).

Kopits IM, Chen C, Roberts JS, Uhlmann W, Green RC. Willingness to pay for genetic testing for Alzheimer's disease: a measure of personal utility. Genet Test Mol Biomarkers, 2011 Dec; 15(12):871-875. (PMID 21749214)  PMC 3241735.

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. (PMID 22271376).

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, 2012 Jun; 21(3):374-381. (PMID 22246561).

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, 2012 Aug; 14(8):742-748. (PMID 22498844).

Cohen SA, Gustafson SL, Marvin ML, Riley BD, Uhlmann WR, Liebers SB, Rousseau JA. Report from the National Society of Genetic Counselors service delivery model task force: a proposal to define models, components, and modes of referral. J Genet Couns, 2012 Oct; 21(5):645-651. (PMID 22566244).

Sagi M, Uhlmann WR. Genetic Counseling Services and Training of Genetic Counselors in Israel: An Overview. J Genet Couns, 2013 Feb 24. (PMID 23435755).

Roberts JS, Uhlmann WR. Genetic susceptibility testing for neurodegenerative diseases: Ethical and practice issues. Prog Neurobiol, 2013 Apr 9. (PMID 23583530).

Burke W, Antommaria AHM, Bennett R, Botkin J, Clayton EW, Henderson GE, Holm IA, Jarvik GP, Khoury MJ, Knoppers B, 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, 15:854-859. Epub 2013 Aug1.

Murray B, Yashar BM, Uhlmann WR, Clauw DJ, Petty EM. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, hypermobility type: A characterization of the patients’ lived experience. Am J Med Genet, 161:2981-2988, 2013. Epub 2013 Nov 6.


Books & Book Chapters

A Guide to Genetic Counseling, 2nd Edition. Wendy R. Uhlmann (Editor), Jane L. Schuette (Editor), Beverly Yashar (Editor). August 2009, Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 978-0-470-17965-9


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

Uhlmann WR. Why we need to talk openly about death: The ultimate homework assignment. Newsweek.com, My Turn: Health Triumphs. www.newsweek.com/id/162173.
October 3, 2008.

Additional Links

Human Genetics Faculty Page

School of Public Health, HBHE Genetics Research Group

Medicine at Michigan, Spring 2011, v13, n1

Updated Jan 2014