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Kimberly Martin

Natera said that Kimberly Martin has assumed a new role in the company as senior global medical director of Natera's women's health franchise. She previously served as the firm's medical director for reproductive testing.

Martin has more than 20 years of prenatal diagnosis, ultrasound, and genetic counseling experience practicing in both academic and community-based healthcare settings. She received her medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, as well as a fellowship in Clinical Genetics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and clinical genetics in Canada and the US.

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