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David Gerstman, M.D., a resident of the Abramson Center’s Mildred Shor Inn, partnered with Dr. Adele Schneider, Director of Clinical Genetics and Medical Director for Einstein Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases, and Victor Center Advocate Cindy Singer, the mother of a child with Familial Dysautonomia, to speak to a group of Abramson Center residents, volunteers and staff about the importance of genetic screening.
A member of the Abramson Center’s post-confirmation class, Dr. Gerstman was challenged to develop a public service project that would benefit the greater community. His interest in Jewish genetic diseases led him to team up with the Victor Center, which encourages individuals and couples of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry to be screened for Jewish genetic disorders. “These diseases should be preventable with appropriate testing and information,” explains Dr. Gerstman. “We must educate not only potential parents, but also grandparents and other family members about the importance of communicating the need for testing.”
The Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life, located in Horsham Township, Montgomery County, Pa., is a nonprofit provider of services to seniors that include nursing care, personal care and independent living apartments, post-hospital transitional care, hospice, home care, medical adult day services, dialysis services, counseling and referral, as well as aging research. For more information, visit abramsoncenter.org.
The Victor Center is a thought leader in the prevention of Jewish genetic diseases. Science-based and mission-driven, the Victor Center leverages advances in genetic technology to identify carriers for severe and often fatal childhood diseases. The aim of its efforts and partnerships is to expand access to preconception genetic education, counseling and services. For more information, visit victorcenters.org.