PilarskiRobertLicensed Social Worker
Associate Professor-Clinical, Human Genetics

Comprehensive Cancer Center
2012 Kenny Road
Columbus, OH 43221



  • Licensed genetic counselor: State Medical Board of Ohio, 2013 - present
  • Certified genetic counselor: American Board of Genetic Counseling, 1993 - present
  • Certified genetic counselor: American Board of Medical Genetics, 1987 - present
Specialty interests:
  • Clinical cancer genetics
  • Breast cancer tissue bank
  • Psychosocial aspects of hereditary disease
  • Cowden syndrome
  • Uveal melanoma
Clinical interests: 

Rob’s clinical duties include providing comprehensive cancer genetic consultations to individuals and families with a history of cancer. Cancer genetic consultation requires documentation of cancers in the family, risk assessment, screening recommendations and incorporation of genetic testing as necessary. To schedule an appointment, call 614-293-6694 or toll free at 1-888-329-1654.

Research interests:

Rob is trained as a genetic counselor with specialization in clinical cancer genetics. His research interests lie in clinical and translational aspects of cancer genetics.

Rob is the coordinator of a population-based study aiming to accrue women diagnosed with breast cancer to the Columbus Breast Cancer Tissue Bank. Samples and clinical information on patients are stored and made available to researchers investigating the genetic bases of breast cancer. Rob also coordinates a study looking at genetic factors related to the development and progression of uveal melanoma.

Rob has been involved in longterm work looking at the clinical and molecular aspects of conditions due to mutations in the PTEN gene, particularly Cowden syndrome.

In addition, Rob serves as the contact genetic counselor for Ohio State’s Molecular Pathology Laboratory, which offers testing for a number of hereditary cancer syndromes. His role is to handle questions from referring physicians and genetic counselors regarding test requirements, eligibility criteria, results interpretation and similar issues.


MSW: The Ohio State University, 2010
MS: Medical genetics and genetic counseling, University of Wisconsin, 1984
BS: Zoology, Michigan State University, 1980

Professional activities: 

  • BAP1 Expert Panel Working Group, ClinVar., 2016 - present
  • Community Profile Advisory Board, Komen Columbus, 2014 - present
  • Genetic/Familial High Risk Assessment Practice Guidelines, Cowden Syndrome Review subcommittee, National Comprehensive Cancer Network, 2013 - present
  • Genetic/Familial High Risk Assessment: Breast and Ovarian Guidelines review panel, National Comprehensive Cancer Network, 2009 - present
  • Ohio Department of Health Human Cancer Genetics Network, 2005 - present
  • Ad hoc grant reviewer – Ethical, Legal and Social Implications Research Program, 1998 - 2004

MSW: The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 2010