We found 4 genetics specialists who accept Medicare Advantage near Washington, DC.

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Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Genetics
108 S Pob; 106 Irving Street Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Melissa Fries is a physician who specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and genetics. She is especially interested in high risk pregnancy and prenatal diagnosis. Dr. Fries is in-network for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Dr. Fries attended medical school at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. Her distinctions include: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; APGO Outstanding Educator Award, Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics; and Outstanding Staff Educator, Keesler Medical Center. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Fries is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and MedStar Medical Group. Dr. Fries is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: High Risk Pregnancy, Prenatal Diagnosis

Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
3800 Reservoir Road Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Reem Saadeh-Haddad is a specialist in pediatric genetics. She works in Washington, DC. Dr. Saadeh-Haddad is in-network for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: Margaret Ellen Nielson Fellowship Award, Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Saadeh-Haddad is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Genetics, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
3800 Reservoir Road Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Nina Scribanu, who practices in Washington, DC, is a medical specialist in genetics and developmental-behavioral pediatrics. Her areas of expertise include genetic issues. She honors several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Scribanu trained at Bellevue Hospital Center for her residency. In addition to English, Dr. Scribanu (or staff) speaks Greek and French. She is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Scribanu has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Genetic Issues

Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Genetics
110 Irving Street Nw; Suite C2149
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Suthee Rapisuwon works as an adult hematologist, genetics specialist, and oncologist. His education and training includes medical school at Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University and residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. He is in-network for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rapisuwon is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

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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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