We found 6 genetics specialists who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Sacramento, CA.

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Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
1625 Stockton Boulevard; Suite 112
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Laura Workman is a specialist in pediatric genetics. She works in Oakland, CA and Sacramento, CA. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. Dr. Workman graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Workman honors. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Genetics
2521 Stockton Boulevard; Suite 7200
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Barbara Friedman is a genetics specialist. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage. Dr. Friedman attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University.

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Dr. Marthanda S Eswara, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
1625 Stockton Boulevard; #112
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Marthand Eswara is a medical specialist in pediatric genetics. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. Dr. Eswara honors Anthem and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. His practice is open to new patients. He attended Andhra Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU).

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Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Genetics
4150 V Street; Suite 3400
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Roblee Allen is an adult critical care and genetics specialist in Sacramento, CA. He studied medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Allen has received professional recognition including the following: Sacramento Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Pediatrics, Genetics
2825 50th Street; Room 2284
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Katherine Rauen is a medical specialist in genetics. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Rauen (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Cantonese.

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Specializes in Family Therapy, Genetics
2830 I Street
Sacramento, CA
 

Ms. Barbara Briscoe works as a family therapist and genetics specialist in Sacramento, CA. She is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage insurance.

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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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