We found 12 genetics specialists who accept Blue Shield near Palo Alto, CA.

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Dr. Gregory Mark Enns, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Clinical Biochemical Genetics
730 Welch Road; 2a
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Gregory Enns, who practices in Palo Alto, CA, is a medical specialist in clinical biochemical genetics. Dr. Enns is affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. He attended the University of Glasgow School of Medicine and the University of St. Andrews School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Children's Hospital Los Angeles for residency. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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Dr. David Andrew Stevenson, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Genetics
730 Welch Road 2a
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. David Stevenson is a genetics specialist. Dr. Stevenson is affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Utah School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center for residency.

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Dr. Louanne Hudgins, MD
Specializes in Genetics
730 Welch Road; 2nd Floor
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Louanne Hudgins is a physician who specializes in genetics. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut, Dr. Hudgins attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan. Dr. Hudgins is affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

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Dr. Melanie Ann Manning, MD
Specializes in Clinical Cytogenetics, Pediatric Genetics
730 Welch Road; 2nd Floor
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Melanie Manning works as a clinical cytogeneticist and pediatric geneticist in Palo Alto, CA and Stanford, CA. She obtained her medical school training at Eastern Virginia Medical School and performed her residency at Maricopa Medical Center and Stanford University Medical Center. She takes Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Manning is professionally affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, Genetics
300 Pasteur Drive; Alway M302
Stanford, CA
 

Dr. Edward Esplin's specialty is genetics. Dr. Esplin is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He speaks German. He is professionally affiliated with VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS).

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Dr. Jonathan Bernstein, MD, PhD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Genetics
730 Welch Road; 1st Floor
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Jonathan Bernstein specializes in genetics. Dr. Bernstein is affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. After attending Stanford University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Natalia Gomez-Ospina, MD, PhD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Genetics
725 Welch Road
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Natalia Gomez-Ospina practices genetics in Palo Alto, CA and Stanford, CA. Dr. Gomez-Ospina is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. She attended Stanford University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Stanford Hospital & Clinics and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. She is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance.

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Specializes in Clinical Pathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology
300 Pasteur Drive; Room L235 Mc 5324
Stanford, CA
 

Dr. Jason Merker is a clinical pathology and molecular genetic pathology specialist. He is affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. Dr. Merker studied medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Merker trained at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. He accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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Specializes in Pediatrics, Genetics
279 Campus Drive; Beckman Building
Stanford, CA
 

Dr. Uta Francke practices genetics in Stanford, CA. She takes Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. After attending Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Francke completed her residency training at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She is conversant in German. She is professionally affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.

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Specializes in Pediatrics, Genetics
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA
 

Dr. Anna-Kaisa Niemi is a genetics specialist. She honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Anatomic Pathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology
300 Pasteur Drive; Room L235 Mc 5324
Stanford, CA
 

Dr. Justin Odegaard is a specialist in anatomic pathology and molecular genetic pathology. He is professionally affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Odegaard completed his residency training at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Odegaard is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance.

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Specializes in Molecular Genetic Pathology
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA
 

Dr. Franklin Mullins is a molecular genetic pathology specialist. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Dr. Mullins attended medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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What is Genetics?

Genetics is the branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of genetically-linked or hereditary diseases. It includes both genetic counselors and medical geneticists, who may be involved in either patient care or research.

Medical geneticists are doctors who study genes and diseases that are caused by genes. There are many diseases linked to genetics, including:
  • Single gene disorders, the result of a single mutated gene. Examples include Huntington’s disease, which causes jerky movements, and sickle-cell anemia, where red blood cells have an abnormal, rigid shape.
  • Inborn metabolic disorders, which are a specific type of single gene disorder that results in abnormalities in the way the body chemically processes proteins, carbohydrates or fats. Some examples are Urea Cycle Disorder (where ammonia builds up in the body) and Gaucher’s Disease (where fatty substances build up in cells and organs).
  • Chromosomal disorders, where gene-carrying chromosomes do not pair up correctly or are missing. Some examples are Klinefelter Syndrome, a sex-chromosome disorder, and Down Syndrome.
  • Congenital abnormalities (commonly known as birth defects), which can be caused by genetic abnormalities. They also can happen because of illness or environmental exposure during pregnancy (such as with rubella), or for unknown reasons.
  • Other common diseases that have hereditary traits, such diabetes, autism, and some types of cancer.

Medical geneticists typically spend their career in research, although some treat or counsel patients. A patient may see a medical geneticist to obtain more information about their disorder or about how an inherited disorder might impact their family. The field of medical genetics includes the following four subspecialties:
  • Clinical Genetics: This overarching branch of medical genetics deals with the treatment and management of hereditary diseases.
  • Biomechanical Genetics: This branch deals with metabolic disorders, such as galactosemia and phenylketonuria.
  • Cytogenetics: This specialty deals with chromosomes and their associated diseases, as well as testing their structure and number.
  • Molecular Genetics: This specialty focuses on DNA, interpreting DNA sequencing and other tests, and relating DNA information to specific diseases.

Related to medical genetics is the field of genetic counseling. These healthcare professionals are not physicians, but they are educators who help patients interpret medical information about genetic risk, which can sometimes be difficult to understand or overwhelming. When families face the possibility of having a child with an inherited disease, genetic counselors educate them about their specific risks and options. They analyze patterns in family history and interpret the medical probability of a genetic disease occurring. They provide support and put families in contact with resources. Genetic counselors help families adapt to all of the implications that a hereditary disease can have in their life.
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