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Dr. Richer is a medical geneticist at CHEO and an associate professor at the University of Ottawa. Her clinical practice primarily consists of the care of patients with underlying connective tissue disorders such as familial thoracic aneurysms.  Her academic interests include disclosure of results derived from research that uses untargeted genetic testing, patenting of the human genome and direct-to-consumer genetic testing as well as genetic variant interpretation, genes responsible for familial aneurysms and vascular dissections, intra-familial variability and sexual dimorphism in genetic aortopathies.


She is the Ontario representative on the Canadian Medical Association Ethics Committee and the vice-chair of the specialty committee for Medical Genetics for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  She is a member of the international ClinGen FBN1 variant curation expert panel.  She chaired the Ethics, Education and Public Policy committee of the Canadian College of Medical Genetics from 2014-2019.

Dr. Richer completed medical school at L’Université de Montreal, FRCPC in medical genetics at the University of Manitoba and a fellowship in medical ethics at Harvard University.