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 is a clinical biochemical genetics specialist in Palo Alto, CA. He honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Enns attended the University of Glasgow School of Medicine and the University of St. Andrews School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He is affiliated with Mary L. Johnson Specialty Services and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

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Dr. Willa Leanah Thorson, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Genetics
300 Pasteur Drive Room A097; Mc 5208
Stanford, CA
 

Dr. Willa Thorson's specialty is genetics. Dr. Thorson is professionally affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. She is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Thorson trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

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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 practices clinical cytogenetics and pediatric genetics. She is affiliated with Mary L. Johnson Specialty Services and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Manning takes. Dr. Manning is a graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School. Her training includes residency programs at Maricopa Medical Center and Stanford University Medical Center.

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

Dr. Natalia Gomez-Ospina is a specialist in genetics. She works in Palo Alto, CA and Stanford, CA. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Gomez-Ospina is professionally affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. She graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. She honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance.

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

Dr. Louanne Hudgins sees patients in Palo Alto, CA. Her medical specialty is genetics. She is professionally affiliated with Mary L. Johnson Specialty Services and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Hudgins performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut.

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

Dr. David Stevenson's medical specialty is genetics. After attending the University of Utah School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Dr. Stevenson is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

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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 professionally affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. He attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Merker trained at Stanford Hospital & Clinics for his residency. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance.

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

Dr. Jonathan Bernstein is a specialist in genetics. He works in Stanford, CA and Palo Alto, CA. His education and training includes medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine and residency at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Dr. Bernstein honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is affiliated with Mary L. Johnson Specialty Services and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

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

Dr. Uta Francke works as a genetics specialist in Stanford, CA. Dr. Francke accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Before performing her residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Dr. Francke attended Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich Faculty of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, she speaks German. Dr. Francke is 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 sees patients in Stanford, CA. Her medical specialty is genetics. Dr. Niemi accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Molecular Genetic Pathology
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA
 

Dr. Franklin Mullins' medical specialty is molecular genetic pathology. He is in-network for Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Molecular Genetic Pathology
3375 Hillview Avenue
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Justin Odegaard is a molecular genetic pathology specialist. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Dr. Odegaard attended medical school at Stanford 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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