Sohnee Ahmed | MDconsultants
Sohnee is a genetic counsellor with a specialty in neurogenetic testing at GeneDx. She graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science, specializing in the Genes, Genetics & Biotechnology (GGB) program with a minor in Anthropology. She then attended Wayne State University School of Medicine in Michigan to achieve a Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling. Following graduation, Sohnee was recruited to the University of Rochester in New York State, where she was a faculty member in the Departments of Neurology and Medicine from 2010 to 2013. There, she provided genetic counselling to adults, parents, and families regarding cancer genetics alongside adult and pediatric neurology. During her time in Rochester, Sohnee attained board certification from both the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) and the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC). She then joined the Division of Clinical & Metabolic Genetics at The Hospital for Sick Children in 2013, specializing in pediatric neurology and was involved in the Genetic Counselling MSc program through the University of Toronto. She joined GeneDx in 2016 and provides variant interpretation and customer service for healthcare providers who order genetic testing including next generation and whole exome sequencing. Sohnee is also a Past President of the CAGC and is an active member of its American counterpart, the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

Areas of Expertise

  • Consulting for clinical/research operations
  • Health technology implementation
  • Public relations
  • Public speaking


  • MSc, Genetic Counseling, Wayne State University
  • Hon BSc, Genes, Genetics & Biotechnology with a minor in Anthropology, University of Toronto

  • Seltzer LE, Ma M, Ahmed S, Bertrand M, Dobyns WB, Wheless J, Paciorkowski AR. Epilepsy and outcome in FOXG1-related disorders. Epilepsia. 2014 Aug;55(8):1292-300. doi: 10.1111/epi.12648. Epub 2014 May 16. PMID: 24836831; PMCID: PMC4265461.
  • Gauquelin L, Hartley T, Tarnopolsky M, Dyment DA, Brais B, Geraghty MT, Tétreault M, Ahmed S, Rojas S, Choquet K, Majewski J, Bernier F, Innes AM, Rouleau G, Suchowersky O, Boycott KM, Yoon G. Channelopathies Are a Frequent Cause of Genetic Ataxias Associated with Cerebellar Atrophy. Mov Disord Clin Pract. 2020 Sep 29;7(8):940-949. doi: 10.1002/mdc3.13086. PMID: 33163565; PMCID: PMC7604675.
  • Shugar AL, Quercia N, Trevors C, Rabideau MM, Ahmed S. Risk for Patient Harm in Canadian Genetic Counseling Practice: It’s Time to Consider Regulation. J Genet Couns. 2017 Feb;26(1):93-104. doi: 10.1007/s10897-016-9983-4. Epub 2016 Jun 7. PMID: 27271536.
  • Stavropoulos DJ, Merico D, Jobling R, Bowdin S, Monfared N, Thiruvahindrapuram B, Nalpathamkalam T, Pellecchia G, Yuen RKC, Szego MJ, Hayeems RZ, Shaul RZ, Brudno M, Girdea M, Frey B, Alipanahi B, Ahmed S, Babul-Hirji R, Porras RB, Carter MT, Chad L, Chaudhry A, Chitayat D, Doust SJ, Cytrynbaum C, Dupuis L, Ejaz R, Fishman L, Guerin A, Hashemi B, Helal M, Hewson S, Inbar-Feigenberg M, Kannu P, Karp N, Kim R, Kronick J, Liston E, MacDonald H, Mercimek-Mahmutoglu S, Mendoza-Londono R, Nasr E, Nimmo G, Parkinson N, Quercia N, Raiman J, Roifman M, Schulze A, Shugar A, Shuman C, Sinajon P, Siriwardena K, Weksberg R, Yoon G, Carew C, Erickson R, Leach RA, Klein R, Ray PN, Meyn MS, Scherer SW, Cohn RD, Marshall CR. Whole Genome Sequencing Expands Diagnostic Utility and Improves Clinical Management in Pediatric Medicine. NPJ Genom Med. 2016 Jan 13;1:15012–. doi: 10.1038/npjgenmed.2015.12. PMID: 28567303; PMCID: PMC5447450.
  • Chrestian N, Dupré N, Gan-Or Z, Szuto A, Chen S, Venkitachalam A, Brisson JD, Warman-Chardon J, Ahmed S, Ashtiani S, MacDonald H, Mohsin N, Mourabit-Amari K, Provencher P, Boycott KM, Stavropoulos DJ, Dion PA, Ray PN, Suchowersky O, Rouleau GA, Yoon G. Clinical and genetic study of hereditary spastic paraplegia in Canada. Neurol Genet. 2016 Dec 5;3(1):e122. doi: 10.1212/NXG.0000000000000122. PMID: 27957547; PMCID: PMC5141523.
  • Stray-Pedersen A, Cobben JM, Prescott TE, Lee S, Cang C, Aranda K, Ahmed S, Alders M, Gerstner T, Aslaksen K, Tétreault M, Qin W, Hartley T, Jhangiani SN, Muzny DM, Tarailo-Graovac M, van Karnebeek CD; Care4Rare Canada Consortium; Baylor-Hopkins Center for Mendelian Genomics, Lupski JR, Ren D, Yoon G. Biallelic Mutations in UNC80 Cause Persistent Hypotonia, Encephalopathy, Growth Retardation, and Severe Intellectual Disability. Am J Hum Genet. 2016 Jan 7;98(1):202-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2015.11.004. Epub 2015 Dec 17. PMID: 26708751; PMCID: PMC4716670.

  • Lecturer at University of Toronto
  • Rotation Supervisor and Lecturer at GeneDx