John Zimmerman, M.S., CGC, is an Instructor in the School of Health Professions Department of Health Care Sciences. He is the Director of Fieldwork for the UT Southwestern Genetic Counseling Program. Mr. Zimmerman works clinically as a genetic counselor with the UT Southwestern Cancer Genetics Program where he sees patients with varied hereditary cancer indications across multiple clinical sites and practice settings. 

His clinical and research interests focus on the use of health technology and alternate service delivery models to increase access to genetic services. He furthers these interests through professional leadership, serving on the National Society of Genetic Counselors Access and Service Delivery Committee and the Pathways to Genetic Counselors Taskforce. He also has held leadership positions with the Texas Society of Genetic Counselors, including President. 

Mr. Zimmerman is a board-certified genetic counselor and earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Minnesota and Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola University Chicago. 


Undergraduate School
Loyola University Chicago (2012)
Graduate School
University of Minnesota (2017)

Research Interest

  • Access and service delivery in clinical genetics
  • Cancer genetics
  • Genetics education
  • Health technology


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Adapting genetic counseling operations amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mauer C, Zimmerman J, Lahiri S, Watson E, Parsi L, Berg J, Pirzadeh-Miller S, J Genet Couns 2021 Aug 30 4 949-955
Barriers to the identification of familial hypercholesterolemia among primary care providers.
Zimmerman J, Duprez D, Veach PM, Zierhut HA, J Community Genet 2019 Apr 10 2 229-236

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Genetic Counselor Educators Association (2023-2023)
  • National Society of Genetic Counselors (2016-2023)
  • Texas Society of Genetic Counselors (2017-2023)