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Andrea Shugar

Title: Genetic Counsellor, Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics
Designations: MS, CGC
U of T Positions: Lecturer, Department of Molecular Genetics


Andrea Shugar is an ABGC certified genetic counsellor in the Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics. She received her master of science in Biological Sciences and Genetic Counselling from the University of Cincinnati. Her current areas of clinical focus include inherited skin disorders (genodermatoses), RASopathies, Neurofibromatosis and 22q11 deletion syndrome. Shugar is a Lecturer in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto and provides clinical supervision in the University of Toronto M.Sc. Program in Genetic Counselling. She is involved in teaching and training genetic counselling students, medical students, residents and fellows.


  • Genotype-phenotype correlation in inherited disorders of the skin
  • Interest in the clinical phenotype and biopsychosocial management of 22q11 deletion syndrome in children and adults


  • 1989: Bachelor of Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • 1992: Master of Science in Genetic Counselling, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH


  • 2017–present: Appointment, American Board of Genetic Counseling Research Committee
  • 2016: Founder, Genetic Counsellors of Ontario
  • 2014: Interprofessional Teaching Award, Division of Clinical & Metabolic Genetics, SickKids
  • 2011: Leadership Award, Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors
  • 2011: Interprofessional Teaching award, Division of Clinical & Metabolic Genetics, SickKids
  • 2001: Appointment, Clinical Subcommittee Member, Ontario Provincial Advisory Committee on New Predictive Testing
  • 1997: Appointment, Certification Board of the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors
  • 1996: President, Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors 


  1. Teaching Genetic Counseling Skills: Incorporating a Genetic Counseling Adaptation Continuum Model to Address Psychosocial Complexity. Shugar A.J Genet Couns. 2017 Apr;26(2):215-223. doi: 10.1007/s10897-016-0042-y. Epub 2016 Nov 28.PMID: 27891554
  2. Internet Safety Issues for Adolescents and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities. Buijs PCM, Boot E, Shugar A, Fung WLA, Bassett AS.J Appl Res Intellect Disabil. 2017 Mar;30(2):416-418. doi: 10.1111/jar.12250. Epub 2016 Feb 23.PMID: 26914835
  3. Practical guidelines for managing adults with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Fung WL, Butcher NJ, Costain G, Andrade DM, Boot E, Chow EW, Chung B, Cytrynbaum C, Faghfoury H, Fishman L, García-Miñaúr S, George S, Lang AE, Repetto G, Shugar A, Silversides C, Swillen A, van Amelsvoort T, McDonald-McGinn DM, Bassett AS.Genet Med. 2015 Aug;17(8):599-609. doi: 10.1038/gim.2014.175. Epub 2015 Jan 8.
  4. An increased prevalence of thyroid disease in children with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Shugar AL, Shapiro JM, Cytrynbaum C, Hedges S, Weksberg R, Fishman L.Am J Med Genet A. 2015 Jul;167(7):1560-4. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.a.37064. Epub 2015 May 5.PMID: 25944702
  5. Mosaic Neurofibromatosis Type 1 in Children: A Single-Institution Experience. Lara-Corrales I, Moazzami M, García-Romero MT, Pope E, Parkin P, Shugar A, Kannu P.J Cutan Med Surg. 2017 Sep/Oct;21(5):379-382. doi: 10.1177/1203475417708163. Epub 2017 Apr 27.PMID: 28448720

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