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

Dr. Melissa Howard Fries, MD, PhD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Genetics
3800n Physicians Office Buildi; 106 Irving Street, Nw
Washington Dc, DC
 

Dr. Melissa Fries is a maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and genetics specialist. She speaks Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Fries include prenatal diagnosis. She is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. After completing medical school at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Dr. Fries performed her residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Fries 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 has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Prenatal Diagnosis

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Specializes in Pediatrics, Genetics
2 Phc Department of Pediatrics; 3800 Reservoir Road Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Chahira Kozma is a genetics specialist in Washington, DC. Her areas of expertise include the following: genetic issues and developmental disabilities. Dr. Kozma accepts MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Kozma completed her residency training at Kings County Hospital Center. Dr. Kozma (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. She is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kozma's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Developmental Disabilities, Genetic Issues

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Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
3800 Reservoir Road Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Reem Saadeh-Haddad specializes in pediatric genetics. Before performing her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Saadeh-Haddad attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Saadeh-Haddad is an in-network provider for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of Margaret Ellen Nielson Fellowship Award, Johns Hopkins University. She is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Saadeh-Haddad has an open panel.

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

Dr. Nina Scribanu's medical specialty is genetics and developmental-behavioral pediatrics. Dr. Scribanu (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Greek and French. Areas of expertise for Dr. Scribanu include genetic issues. She is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. For her professional training, Dr. Scribanu completed a residency program at Bellevue Hospital Center. She accepts several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Genetic Issues

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

Dr. Suthee Rapisuwon's areas of specialization are adult hematology, genetics, and adult oncology. Dr. Rapisuwon is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He 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 takes MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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.