Ruth K. Abramson, PhD, FACMG, is a board-certified PhD-level medical geneticist. Her involvement with Huntington's disease (HD) started in 1983 as a coordinator of South Carolina HD Registry. Dr. Abaramson founded the multidisciplinary Huntington's Clinic in 1985 and remained its director until 2009, when she retired from the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH). She also established a 15-bed unit for HD patients at the SCDMH-affiliated nursing home, where she incorporated genetic counseling and communication sciences graduate students in rotations in the clinic. Her HD program was the first of its kind in this part of the country.
Dr. Abramson has conducted collaborative research with James Gusella, Richard Myers, Marcie McDonald and Miroslav Cuturic ,and she maintains an affiliation with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine as a clinical professor at the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science. She is an esteemed member of our HD clinic and remains active in our HD community. Most recently, she has been working with volunteers in South Carolina to enhance HD networking and to help organize support groups. She is a prized member of our team for her unique, in-depth knowledge of the South Carolina HD community as well as the academic environment.