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

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

Dr. Gregory Enns practices clinical biochemical genetics in Palo Alto, CA. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Enns honors. Before completing his residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Dr. Enns attended medical school at the University of Glasgow School of Medicine and the University of St. Andrews School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

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

Dr. David Stevenson practices genetics in Stanford, CA and Palo Alto, CA. He studied medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Dr. Stevenson accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He is affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

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

Dr. Louanne Hudgins practices genetics in Palo Alto, CA and Stanford, CA. Dr. Hudgins is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Hudgins completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, and more. Dr. Hudgins is affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

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

Dr. Melanie Manning sees patients in Palo Alto, CA. Her medical specialty is clinical cytogenetics. She is professionally affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. She is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Dr. Manning performed her residency at Maricopa Medical Center and Stanford University Medical Center.

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

Dr. Edward Esplin specializes in genetics. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Esplin speaks German. Dr. Esplin is professionally affiliated with VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS).

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Dr. Uta Francke, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Genetics
279 Campus Drive; Beckman Building
Stanford, CA
 

Dr. Uta Francke is a genetics specialist in Stanford, CA. Dr. Francke is affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She graduated from Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich Faculty of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Francke speaks German.

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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. Dr. Bernstein honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Bernstein trained at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

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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 accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. She is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Gomez-Ospina's medical residency was performed at Stanford Hospital & Clinics and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. She speaks Spanish. She 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's areas of specialization are clinical pathology and molecular genetic pathology. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Merker honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He is professionally affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

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Specializes in Pediatrics, Genetics
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA
 

Dr. Anna-Kaisa Niemi practices genetics. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Niemi accepts. 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 works as an anatomic pathologist and molecular genetic pathologist in Stanford, CA and Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Odegaard is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Odegaard is professionally affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

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Specializes in Molecular Genetic Pathology
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA
 

Dr. Franklin Mullins specializes in molecular genetic pathology and practices in Stanford, CA. He is in-network for Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Dr. Mullins graduated from 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.