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

Dr. Melissa Fries practices maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and genetics. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fries include prenatal diagnosis. Dr. Fries is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fries honors. Dr. Fries's practice is open to new patients. She attended medical school at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. She trained at Wilford Hall Medical Center for residency. Dr. Fries's 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. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Prenatal Diagnosis

Specializes in Pediatrics, Genetics
3800 Reservoir Road Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Chahira Kozma is a genetics specialist in Washington, DC. She has a special interest in genetic issues. She takes MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before performing her residency at Kings County Hospital Center, Dr. Kozma attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Kozma (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and French. Dr. Kozma is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Genetic Issues

Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
3800 Reservoir Road Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Reem Saadeh-Haddad's medical specialty is pediatric genetics. She takes MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Saadeh-Haddad trained at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Saadeh-Haddad has received the distinction of Margaret Ellen Nielson Fellowship Award, Johns Hopkins University. She is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She has an open panel.

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

Dr. Nina Scribanu is a genetics and developmental-behavioral pediatrics specialist in Washington, DC. Dr. Scribanu's clinical interests include genetic issues. She honors MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Her medical residency was performed at Bellevue Hospital Center. Dr. Scribanu (or staff) speaks Greek and French. She is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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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 is a specialist in adult hematology, genetics, and adult oncology. He works in Washington, DC. Dr. Rapisuwon is a graduate of Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University for his residency. He honors MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rapisuwon is 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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