Stephanie Oates

Genetic counsellor


Stephanie has over 10 years' experience as a genetic counsellor, having worked as a cardiac genetic counsellor for the University of Oxford and a general genetic counsellor in Auckland, New Zealand. During her time in New Zealand, she carried on her interest in cardiac genetics but also branched out into cancer genetics, prenatal testing, neurogenetics and general genetics.

Having moved back to the UK in 2016, she now splits her working week between cardiac genetic counselling at Guy's and St Thomas' and epilepsy genetic counselling and research at King's Health Partners.  

Education and training

  • Law LLB

  • Genetic Counselling MSc (Cardiff)

  • Professional Certification FHGSA (Australasia)

Research interests

  • Educational interventions in chronic inflammatory skin disease


  • British Heart Foundation – Continued Professional Development funding


  • Incorporating epilepsy genetics into clinical practice: a 360 evaluation. Oates S, Tang, S, Rosch R, Lear R, Hughes EF, Williams RE, Larsen LHG, Hao Q, Dahl HA, Møller RS & Pal DK. npj Genomic Medicine 2018 volume 3, Article number: 13 doi: 10.1038/s41525-018-0052-9

  • Inpatient detection of cardiac-inherited disease: the impact of improving family history taking. Waddell-Smith KE, Donoghue T, Oates S, Graham A, Crawford J, Stiles MK, Aitken A, Skinner JR. Open Heart. 2016 Feb 16;3(1):e000329. doi: 10.1136/openhrt-2015-000329.2

  • Large-scale audit looking at molecular diagnosis of genetic muscle disorders in New Zealand

  • Pre-symptomatic genetic testing for inherited cardiac conditions: a qualitative exploration of psychosocial and ethical implications. Ormondroyd E, Oates S, Parker M, Blair E, Watkins H.Eur J Hum Genet. 2014 Jan;22(1):88-93. doi: 10.1038/ejhg.2013.81

Last updated: April 2022

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