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Insights into successful family planning: A diagnostics perspective

Insights into successful family planning: A diagnostics perspective

Episode summary

Laboratory services are some of the many essential pillars supporting the preservation of maternal and fetal health. That’s why Dr. Pat Alagia and Ms. Meredith Masiello are here to share the unique services offered by Quest Diagnostics that help both clinicians and patients throughout the pregnancy journey. 


  • Damian P. “Pat” Alagia III, MD, MS, MBA
    • Chief Hospital and Health Systems - Senior Medical Director Adx / Women’s Health
  • Meredith Masiello, MS, CGC
    • Genomic Science Specialist, Genomic Services, Clinical Solutions
    • Quest Diagnostics

About our presenters

Dr. Damian “Pat” Alagia is the Senior Medical Director for Advanced Diagnostics and Women’s and Reproductive Health for Quest Diagnostics. He is an experienced, innovative, and entrepreneurial health care executive as well as an accomplished clinician, surgeon, and educator. Dr. Alagia is also a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, and a fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a graduate of Georgetown University College and Medical School and holds Master’s degrees in business and finance from The Johns Hopkins University.

Meredith Masiello joined the Quest Diagnostics Genomic Services team in 2014 and specializes in Women’s Health. Prior to joining Quest, Meredith served as a laboratory genetic counselor specializing in cytogenetics. She held clinical genetic counseling positions working with prenatal and pediatric patients prior to her time as a laboratory genetic counselor. Meredith’s clinical experience also includes coordinating a Marfan syndrome multi-disciplinary clinic and coordinating a Tay Sachs disease carrier screening program.

Meredith earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the State University of New York at Binghamton and her master’s degree in genetic counseling from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Co. She is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.

Highlights and key takeaways

On the place of testing during the pregnancy journey: “One of the things I want to be sure to say is that testing itself is secondary. We are all responsible for this pregnancy journey for the mothers, for the babies and the families. It’s not just the lab, it’s not just the doctor. It’s the entire community, and the sooner we understand that, and embrace that as a society, the better off we’re all gonna be.”

— Dr. Pat Alagia

On what makes our genomic services unique: “Quest genetic counselors follow patients and their specimens from start to finish. We are available via our Genomics Client Services line, at 866.GENE.INFO, where clinicians can call us before sending samples, after we receive the sample, while the sample is being processed, and after the test has been resulted. Abnormal prenatal test results, such as for amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling, are always called to the ordering provider’s office.”

— Meredith Masiello

For more information on Quest's prenatal offerings, please visit