We found 14 genetics specialists who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Silver 04/100 near Chicago, IL.

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Dr. Barbara Kay Burton, MD
Specializes in Genetics
225 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Barbara Burton's specialty is genetics. She is especially interested in genetic issues and metabolic disorders. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Before completing her residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Dr. Burton attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Burton is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Genetic Issues, Lysosomal Storage Disease, Marfan Syndrome, Metabolic Disorders, Neurogenetic ... (Read more)

Dr. George E Hoganson Jr., MD
Specializes in Clinical Molecular Genetics, Pediatric Genetics, Clinical Biochemical Genetics
1801 W. Taylor Street; Outpatient Care Center, 2e
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. George Hoganson works as a clinical molecular geneticist, pediatric geneticist, and clinical biochemical geneticist. Dr. Hoganson takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For his professional training, Dr. Hoganson completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Hoganson (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Polish. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Illinois.

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Clinical interests: Metabolic Disorders

Dr. Joel Martin Charrow, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Clinical Biochemical Genetics, Pathology
225 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Joel Charrow is a specialist in pathology and clinical biochemical genetics. He works in Chicago, IL. Dr. Charrow attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. In his practice, he is particularly interested in fabry disease. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Charrow has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Genetic Issues, Birth Defects, Metabolic Disorders, Tay-Sachs Disease, Fabry Disease

Dr. Edith Jacobson Chernoff, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Genetics
East 65th Street at Lake Michigan
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Edith Chernoff's area of specialization is genetics. Her areas of expertise include down syndrome, chronic illness, and failure to thrive. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chernoff honors. She graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Her residency was performed at Montefiore Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Chernoff speaks French.

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Clinical interests: Down Syndrome, Chronic Illness, Failure to Thrive

Taya Jo Fallen, MS
Specializes in Genetics
676 N Saint Clair Street; Suite 880
Chicago, IL
 

Ms. Taya Fallen's specialty is genetics. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Ms. Fallen honors. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Dr. Zohra Shad, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
1801 W. Taylor Street; Outpatient Care Center, 2e
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Zohra Shad's area of specialization is pediatric genetics. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shad honors. She studied medicine at Dow University of Health Sciences. For her professional training, Dr. Shad completed a residency program at Nationwide Children's Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Shad (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi.

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Dr. Arzu Soybilgic, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics, Pediatric Rheumatology
1801 W. Taylor Street; Outpatient Care Center, Suite 2e
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Arzu Soybilgic is a pediatric genetics and pediatric rheumatology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Soybilgic include raynaud's, kawasaki disease, and lupus. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Soybilgic attended Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. She speaks Turkish.

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Clinical interests: Lupus, Raynaud's, Kawasaki Disease

Specializes in Pediatrics, Genetics
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Brad Angle is a genetics specialist in Chicago, IL. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Angle studied medicine at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine.

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Catherine Ann Wicklund, MS
Specializes in Genetics
676 N Saint Clair Street; Suite 1280
Chicago, IL
 

Ms. Catherine Wicklund's specialty is genetics. She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Rachel E Pothast, MS
Specializes in Genetics
250 E Superior Street; Rm 5-2221
Chicago, IL
 

Ms. Rachel Pothast specializes in genetics. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Ms. Pothast is professionally affiliated with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Olivia J Hess, MS
Specializes in Genetics
250 E Superior Street; 05-2221
Chicago, IL
 

Ms. Olivia Hess works as a genetics specialist in Chicago, IL. Ms. Hess is affiliated with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Gwendolyn Steffen Connor, MS
Specializes in Genetics
250 E Superior Street; Rm 5-2221
Chicago, IL
 

Ms. Gwendolyn Connor works as a genetics specialist in Chicago, IL. Ms. Connor is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Megan M Hinton, MS
Specializes in Genetics
250 E Superior Street; Suite 05-2221
Chicago, IL
 

Ms. Megan Hinton works as a genetics specialist in Chicago, IL. She is affiliated with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Sara Marie Spencer, MS
Specializes in Genetics
675 N Saint Clair Street; Ste 14-200
Chicago, IL
 

Ms. Sara Spencer specializes in genetics and practices in Chicago, IL. Ms. Spencer is affiliated with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, 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.
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