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Crystal Tichnell, MGC

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What is your job title?

Genetic Counselor in the Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia/Cardiomyopathy Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital

What is your job?

I coordinate diagnostic testing and consultations within our program as well as provide education and counseling to patients and family members affected by ARVD / ARVC. I also manage the program’s website and respond to inquiries and requests for information. In addition, I organize the program’s annual seminar attended by patients and families affected by ARVD / ARVC.

When did you start working at Johns Hopkins?


When did you start working with the ARVD / ARVC Program?


What is your education?

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Master’s Degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Why do you work with ARVD / ARVC patients?

I have been given an amazing opportunity working with such a devoted group of patients and families affected by a rare inherited heart condition. While trying to find new ways to adapt to life as a patient or family member living with ARVD / ARVC, these individuals and families still find time to participate in our very important research. I am extremely grateful to all who have shared their own story of living with ARVD / ARVC, as well as those who have shared the memory of a loved one lost to ARVD / ARVC. It has been a pleasure and honor to work with these families over the years and I look forward to many more years as we continue to work together to solve the mysteries of ARVD / ARVC.

What else do you want people to know about you?

I am a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, as well as the Cardiovascular Special Interest Group.

What have you published?

Publications can be accessed at