Quinn Stein Named Director of Genetic Counseling Program

Quinn Stein

Quinn Stein, a certified genetic counselor, has been named associate professor and director of Augustana’s new master’s degree program in Genetic Counseling.

Augustana today announced that Quinn Stein, a certified genetic counselor, has been named associate professor and director of the College’s new master’s degree program in Genetic Counseling.

In his new role, Stein will lead the development of the academic program, assemble the team of scientists, researchers and clinicians who will teach its courses, and recruit and select an annual cohort of students from around the nation.

The program is being created through a collaborative partnership with Sanford Imagenetics, an initiative designed to integrate genomic medicine into primary care for adults, and plans to begin enrolling students in fall 2016.

Prior to joining Augustana, Stein most recently served as a senior genetic counselor for Sanford Health.

His areas of expertise in genetics research and counseling include pediatric genetics, adult genetics, Down syndrome, prenatal screening and diagnosis, hereditary cancer, cardiogenetics, metabolic genetics, genetics of infertility and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).

“With more than 15 years of experience as a clinical genetic counselor, and as a scholarly researcher and experienced teacher, Quinn is the perfect choice to lead Augustana’s new Genetic Counseling program,” said Dr. Susan Hasseler, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. “We are excited to welcome him to our faculty and are looking forward to the many great things he and this program will bring to Augustana, our community and the region.”

Stein earned his undergraduate degree from Jamestown College, majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry and religion. He holds a master’s degree in medical genetics, with an emphasis on genetic counseling, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

An accomplished researcher, Stein has published numerous articles on topics such as hereditary cancer, autism, obesity, newborn screening, first trimester screening and rare genetic disorders. He has earned grants to establish a pediatric hearing loss clinic and to help study rare diseases diagnosed by newborn screening. He is also a member of the Inborn Errors of Metabolism Collaborative (IBEMC), a national newborn screening research group working toward the development of evidence-based treatment protocols for children diagnosed with rare metabolic conditions.

In his role at Sanford Health, Stein also served as a clinical professor and member of the faculty at the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota and, for the last five years, has served as clinical supervisor for genetic counseling students from throughout the U.S.

“I’m very much looking forward to this opportunity to serve at the forefront of a program that I believe will have the capacity to create genetic counselors who are skilled communicators, experienced clinicians and engaged scientists.”
— Quinn Stein

“Augustana and Sanford are both extraordinary institutions who are each committed to building a better tomorrow. This is an exciting initiative to be part of,” Stein said.

Named the Sanford Health Employee of the Year in 2009, Stein holds professional certification from the American Board of Genetic Counselors and is licensed by the South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners.

Stein is also an active civic volunteer. He serves as a youth baseball coach for the Sioux Empire Baseball Association, serves as president of the Siouxland Libraries Board of Trustees, and served three years as a board member for the Lutheran High School of Sioux Falls.