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Cathryn Koptiuch

Cathryn Koptiuch, CGC, MS

Languages spoken: English

Academic Information

Departments Adjunct - Population Health Sciences

Academic Office Information

Board Certification

  • American Board of Genetic Counseling

Research Interests

  • Lynch Syndrome
  • Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer
  • Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer
  • Familial Pancreatic Cancer
  • Early Detection Pancreatic Cancer
  • Hereditary Gastrointestinal Cancer Predisposition Syndromes
  • Telegenetics
  • Family Communication

Cathryn Koptiuch is a board-certified genetic counselor with a master’s degree in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College and a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Vermont. She joined Huntsman Cancer Institute in June 2015. She specializes in hereditary gastrointestinal cancer predisposition syndromes, including Lynch syndrome, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis, Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer, and Familial Pancreatic Cancer. Cathryn manages HCI's Universal Screening Program for Lynch syndrome and is engaged in multiple research efforts aimed in the early detection of pancreatic cancer. She also leads HCI's Telegenetics Clinic, offering genetic counseling via telemedicine to Utah's neighboring states.

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Kanth P, Yu Z, Keener M B, Koptiuch C, Kohlmann W K, Neklason D W, Westover M, Curtin, K (2021). Cancer Risk in Patients With and Relatives of Serrated Polyposis Syndrome and Sporadic Sessile Serrated Lesions. Am J Gastroenterol.
  2. Koptiuch C, Espinel W, Kohlmann W, Zhao J, Kaphingst K (2021). "Implications of Multigene Panel Testing on Psychosocial Outcomes: A Comparison of Patients With Pancreatic and Breast or Ovarian Cancer.". JCO Precis Oncol, 5, 235-244.
  3. Yang J, Gurudu SR, Koptiuch C, Agrawal D, Buxbaum JL, Abbas Fehmi SM, Fishman DS, Khashab MA, Jamil LH, Jue TL, Law JK, Lee JK, Naveed M, Qumseya BJ, Sawhney MS, Thosani N, Wani SB, Samadder NJ (2020). American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy guideline on the role of endoscopy in familial adenomatous polyposis syndromes. Gastrointest Endosc, 91(5), 963-982.e2.
  4. Landrith T, Li B, Cass AA, Conner BR, LaDuca H, McKenna DB, Maxwell KN, Domchek S, Morman NA, Heinlen C, Wham D, Koptiuch C, Vagher J, Rivera R, Bunnell A, Patel G, Geurts JL, Depas MM, Gaonkar S, Pirzadeh-Miller S, Krukenberg R, Seidel M, Pilarski R, Farmer M, Pyrtel K, Milliron K, Lee J, Hoodfar E, Nathan D, Ganzak AC, Wu S, Vuong H, Xu D, Arulmoli A, Parra M, Hoang L, Molparia B, Fennessy M, Fox S, Charpentier S, Burdette J, Pesaran T, Profato J, Smith B, Haynes G, Dalton E, Crandall JR, Baxter R, Lu HM, Tippin-Davis B, Elliott A, Chao E, Karam R (2020). Splicing profile by capture RNA-seq identifies pathogenic germline variants in tumor suppressor genes. NPJ Precis Oncol, 4, 4.
  5. Petersen J, Koptiuch C, Wu YP, Mooney R, Elrick A, Szczotka K, Keener M, Pappas L, Kanth P, Soisson A, Kohlmann W, Kaphingst KA (2018). Patterns of family communication and preferred resources for sharing information among families with a Lynch syndrome diagnosis. Patient Educ Couns, 101(11), 2011-2017.
  6. Young EL, Thompson BA, Neklason DW, Firpo MA, Werner T, Bell R, Berger J, Fraser A, Gammon A, Koptiuch C, Kohlmann WK, Neumayer L, Goldgar DE, Mulvihill SJ, Cannon-Albright LA, Tavtigian SV (2018). Pancreatic cancer as a sentinel for hereditary cancer predisposition. BMC Cancer, 18(1), 697.
  7. Samadder NJ, Smith KR, Wong J, Hanson H, Boucher K, Burt RW, Charlton M, Byrne KR, Gallegos-Orozco JF, Koptiuch C, Curtin K (2016). Familial Risk of Biliary Tract Cancers: A Population-Based Study in Utah. Dig Dis Sci, 61(12), 3627-3632.
  8. Fox JR, Gray W, Koptiuch C, Badger GJ, Langevin HM (2014). Anisotropic tissue motion induced by acupuncture needling along intermuscular connective tissue planes. J Altern Complement Med, 20(4), 290-4.
  9. Langevin HM, Fujita T, Bouffard NA, Takano T, Koptiuch C, Badger GJ, Nedergaard M (2013). Fibroblast cytoskeletal remodeling induced by tissue stretch involves ATP signaling. J Cell Physiol, 228(9), 1922-6.
  10. Abbott RD, Koptiuch C, Iatridis JC, Howe AK, Badger GJ, Langevin HM (2012). Stress and matrix-responsive cytoskeletal remodeling in fibroblasts. J Cell Physiol, 228(1), 50-7.
  11. Langevin HM, Fox JR, Koptiuch C, Badger GJ, Greenan-Naumann AC, Bouffard NA, Konofagou EE, Lee WN, Triano JJ, Henry SM (2011). Reduced thoracolumbar fascia shear strain in human chronic low back pain. BMC Musculoskelet Disord, 12, 203.


  1. Thompson BA, Snow AK, Koptiuch C, Kohlmann WK, Mooney R, Johnson S, Huff CD, Yu Y, Teerlink CC, Feng BJ, Neklason DW, Cannon-Albright LA, Tavtigian SV (2019). A novel ribosomal protein S20 variant in a family with unexplained colorectal cancer and polyposis. [Letter to the editor]. Clin Genet, 97(6), 943-944.