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We found 5 genetics specialists who accept Medicare Advantage near Washington, DC.

Dr. Melissa Howard Fries MD
Specializes in Genetics, Maternal and Fetal Medicine (Perinatology)
3800N Physicians Office Buildi; 106 Irving Street, NW
Washington DC, DC
(202) 877-6093; (202) 877-8695

Dr. Melissa Fries practices maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and genetics. She graduated from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Fries include prenatal diagnosis. MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fries honors. She has received distinctions including 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. Dr. Fries is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Fries is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Prenatal Diagnosis, Obstetrical Genetics

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Specializes in Genetics, Pediatrics (Child & Adolescent Medicine)
2 PHC Department of Pediatrics; 3800 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC
(202) 444-8569; (202) 243-3491

Dr. Chahira Kozma is a medical specialist in genetics. Dr. Kozma has indicated that her clinical interests include genetic issues and developmental disabilities. She takes several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and performed her residency at Kings County Hospital Center. Dr. Kozma (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. Dr. Kozma is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pediatric Genetics, Developmental Disabilities

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Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
3800 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC
(202) 444-8418; (202) 243-3491

Dr. Reem Saadeh-Haddad practices pediatric genetics. Dr. Saadeh-Haddad takes MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Saadeh-Haddad has received professional recognition including the following: Margaret Ellen Nielson Fellowship Award, Johns Hopkins University. She is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Genetics, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
3800 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC
(202) 444-5437; (202) 243-3492

Dr. Nina Scribanu is a Washington, DC physician who specializes in genetics and developmental-behavioral pediatrics. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Scribanu include genetic issues. Dr. Scribanu honors MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. For her professional training, Dr. Scribanu completed a residency program at Bellevue Hospital Center. Dr. Scribanu (or staff) is conversant in Greek and French. She is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pediatric Genetics

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Specializes in Genetics, Adult Oncology, Adult Hematology
110 Irving Street NW; Suite C2149
Washington, DC
(202) 687-8901

Dr. Suthee Rapisuwon's medical specialty is adult hematology, genetics, and adult oncology. He takes MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Rapisuwon attended Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University for residency. He 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.