Working Groups

The objective of the CGC Working Groups is to create consensus statements and standard practice guidelines for utilizing genomics in the clinical care of specific cancer types from a review of peer-reviewed publications. This work will lead to publications that positively impact the appropriate utilization and reimbursement of genomics testing in cancer.

CGC working groups were commissioned in August 2015 at the CGC Annual Meeting. Working Groups were developed to bring together members in order to facilitate teamwork, personal growth, professional growth and scientific achievements. Working Groups and group leaders are listed below.

Cancer Specific Working Groups

Type of Cancer

Group Leader

Acute Lymphoblastic LeukemiaBetsy Hirsch (University of Minnesota) and Yassmine Akkari (Legacy Central Laboratory)
CNS / Brain TumorsAzra Ligon (Harvard Medical School) and Stewart Neill (Emory University)
Multiple Myeloma / Plasma Cell DisordersMin Fang (University of Washington) and Trevor Pugh (University of Toronto)
Myeloid NeoplasmsXinjie Xu (ARUP Laboratories) and Rashmi Kanagal Shamanna (MD Anderson)
Renal Cell CarcinomaYajuan Liu (University of Washington) and Daynna Wolff (Medical University of South Carolina)
Chronic Lymphocytic LeukemiaPatricia Miron (UMassMemorial Medical Center) and Alka Chaubey (Greenwood)
MelanomaRavindra Kolhe (Medical College of Georgia)
Breast CancerKatherine Geiersbach (Mayo Clinic)
LymphomaAshwini Yenamandra (Vanderbilt University Medical Center) and Min Fang (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center)

Other Working Groups


Group Leader

Reporting practices for constitutional genomic testingBrynn Levy (Columbia University Medical Center) & Catherine Redher (Duke)
B-ALLYassmine Akkari (Legacy Health) and Matt Meredith (Myriad))
T-ALLYassmine Akkari (Legacy Health) and Matt Meredith (Myriad))

If you are interested in becoming involved in working groups, please contact Karla Gay at

The Working Groups meet during a roundtable session at the Annual Meetings and lead panel discussions summarizing each group’s efforts. We look forward to the roundtable sessions and panel presentations being a very meaningful part of the annual meeting!