Dina Alaeddin, MGC
Genetic Counselor, Cancer Genetics Program
Dina joined Inova in June 2017 as a clinical cancer genetic counselor. She graduated with a Master of Genetic Counseling from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, May 2017.
Dina became interested in genetics at an early age. To better understand the complexities of genetics and biology she pursued a Bachelor of Science in Genetics at Cardiff University in Wales, U.K. She was immediately consumed by the intricacies of this field. After moving to the Washington, D.C. area, Dina worked in various physician offices and hospitals gaining first-hand experience and valuable knowledge about the fundamentals of the U.S. health system. After which, she worked with a genetic testing and diagnostic company amongst different genetic counselors, exposing her to the particulars of genetic counseling and testing.
Dina grew up in Jordan, where the innovation in the field of genetic counseling is minimal. This inspired her interest in genetic counseling to become part of the growth and education in the health system worldwide. Her passion for cancer genetic counseling started with volunteering at the King Hussein Cancer Center in Jordan, and was further instilled during her three-month rotation at University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center in Baltimore, and volunteering with a program for patients with breast cancer.
Dina values her role in empowering patients and their families, through offering the education, support and resources needed for them to make an informed decision about genetic testing and medical management. Dina is excited to be part of this growing field of cancer genetics.
When Dina is not in clinic, she enjoys volunteering, travelling, being outside and playing sports. She is excited and proud to be part of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute genetic counseling team. Dina sees patients at Inova Fairfax Hospital and Inova Alexandria Hospital.