Charité Ricker, MS is a genetic counselor with the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Clinical Instructor of Medicine in the USC Keck School of Medicine. She provides cancer genetic counseling at LAC+USC Medical Center for individuals and family at risk of having inherited cancer syndromes.
Ms. Ricker has extensive experience as a cancer genetic counselor and the majority of her clinical work has been in the underserved patient setting. Her particular research interest is focused on the provision of genetic services to ethnically diverse patient populations and its impact and the outcomes.
Ricker C, Culver JO, Lowstuter K, Sturgeon D, Sturgeon JD, Chanock CR, Gauderman WJ, McDonnell KJ, Idos GE, Gruber SB. Increased yield of actionable mutations using multi-gene panels to assess hereditary cancer susceptibility in an ethnically diverse clinical cohort. Cancer Genet. 2016 Apr; 209(4):130-7. View in: PubMed
Weitzel JN, Clague J, Martir-Negron A, Ogaz R, Herzog J, Ricker C, Jungbluth C, Cina C, Duncan P, Unzeitig G, Saldivar JS, Beattie M, Feldman N, Sand S, Port D, Barragan DI, John EM, Neuhausen SL, Larson GP. Prevalence and type of BRCA mutations in Hispanics undergoing genetic cancer risk assessment in the southwestern United States: a report from the Clinical Cancer Genetics Community Research Network. J Clin Oncol. 2013 Jan 10; 31(2):210-6. View in: PubMed
Macdonald DJ, Deri J, Ricker C, Perez MA, Ogaz R, Feldman N, Viveros LA, Paz B, Weitzel JN, Blazer KR. Closing the loop: an interactive action-research conference format for delivering updated medical information while eliciting Latina patient/family experiences and psychosocial needs post-genetic cancer risk assessment. Fam Cancer. 2012 Sep; 11(3):449-58. View in: PubMed
Lagos-Jaramillo VI, Press MF, Ricker CN, Dubeau L, Mai PL, Weitzel JN. Pathological characteristics of BRCA-associated breast cancers in Hispanics. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2011 Nov; 130(1):281-9. View in: PubMed
Lagos VI, Perez MA, Ricker CN, Blazer KR, Santiago NM, Feldman N, Viveros L, Weitzel JN. Social-cognitive aspects of underserved Latinas preparing to undergo genetic cancer risk assessment for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Psychooncology. 2008 Aug; 17(8):774-82. View in: PubMed
Weitzel JN, Lagos VI, Herzog JS, Judkins T, Hendrickson B, Ho JS, Ricker CN, Lowstuter KJ, Blazer KR, Tomlinson G, Scholl T. Evidence for common ancestral origin of a recurring BRCA1 genomic rearrangement identified in high-risk Hispanic families. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2007 Aug; 16(8):1615-20. View in: PubMed
Ricker CN, Hiyama S, Fuentes S, Feldman N, Kumar V, Uman GC, Nedelcu R, Blazer KR, MacDonald DJ, Weitzel JN. Beliefs and interest in cancer risk in an underserved Latino cohort. Prev Med. 2007 Mar; 44(3):241-5. View in: PubMed
Ricker C, Lagos V, Feldman N, Hiyama S, Fuentes S, Kumar V, Gonzalez K, Palomares M, Blazer K, Lowstuter K, MacDonald D, Weitzel J. If we build it. . . will they come?--establishing a cancer genetics services clinic for an underserved predominantly Latina cohort. J Genet Couns. 2006 Dec; 15(6):505-14. View in: PubMed
Weitzel JN, Lagos V, Blazer KR, Nelson R, Ricker C, Herzog J, McGuire C, Neuhausen S. Prevalence of BRCA mutations and founder effect in high-risk Hispanic families. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2005 Jul; 14(7):1666-71. View in: PubMed
Blazer KR, MacDonald DJ, Ricker C, Sand S, Uman GC, Weitzel JN. Outcomes from intensive training in genetic cancer risk counseling for clinicians. Genet Med. 2005 Jan; 7(1):40-7. View in: PubMed