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Dr. Catherine M Bearce, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
9 Hope Avenue; Children's Hospital Waltham - Department of Medicine
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Catherine Nowak works as a pediatric geneticist in Waltham, MA and Peabody, MA. She obtained her medical school training at McGill University Faculty of Medicine and performed her residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. She takes several insurance carriers, including Neighborhood Health Plan, Aetna, and Medicaid. Dr. Nowak has received the following distinctions: **also Board Certified In Sub-specialty In; Clnical Genetics**; and 1995-Exceptional Children'S Physician Award. Dr. Nowak offers interpreting services for her patients. Her professional affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Children's Hospital Boston. She has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Genetic Issues

Dr. Susan Perlmutter Pauker, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
485 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA
 

Dr. Susan Pauker specializes in pediatric genetics. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She has a special interest in marfan syndrome. Dr. Pauker is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna. Dr. Pauker is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Pauker completed a residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her distinctions include: Jonas Salk Memorial Award; March Of Dimes; Emmy Award; National Academy Of Arts And Sciences; and Franklin D Roosevelt Award; March Of Dimes. In addition to English, Dr. Pauker (or staff) speaks Sign Language. She also offers interpreting services for her patients. Dr. Pauker is affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Teaching, Marfan Syndrome

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Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
30 Warren Street
Brighton, MA
 

Dr. Jane O'Brien's specialty is pediatric genetics. In her practice, Dr. O'Brien focuses on genetic disorders and autism. She is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. She is an in-network provider for Cigna, Aetna, Medicaid, and more. Dr. O'Brien's practice is open to new patients. She graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Tufts Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Pediatric Resident Teaching Award, 1991 Boston and Medical Center.. She offers interpreting services for her patients.

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Clinical interests: Genetic Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Autism

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Specializes in Pediatric Genetics, Clinical Biochemical Genetics
697 Cambridge Avenue; Suite 302
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Marsha Fearing's specialties are pediatric genetics and clinical biochemical genetics. Dr. Fearing is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. She honors Aetna, Medicaid, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care insurance. She has received the following distinctions: Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.; Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism Award.; and Recipient. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Sharon E Smith, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
20 Hope Avenue; Bch Medical Office Building Suite 305
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Sharon Smith is a medical specialist in pediatric genetics. She takes Medicaid insurance. After attending Boston University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Tufts Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Smith is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. She welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Genetic Issues

Dr. Amy Michelle Kritzer, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Amy Kritzer practices pediatric genetics. She obtained her medical school training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and performed her residency at Floating Hospital for Children. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Kritzer is closed to new patients at this time.

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Clinical interests: Metabolism

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, Pediatric Genetics
355 Waverley Oaks Road; Suite 200
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Matthew Fickie is a pediatric genetics specialist in Waltham, MA. He is professionally affiliated with Mount Auburn Hospital. Dr. Fickie obtained his medical school training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Missouri Health System. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare insurance. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Other, Pediatric Genetics, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
40 2nd Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Susan Manea is a specialist in pediatric genetics and developmental-behavioral pediatrics. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. After attending Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Manea is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Tufts Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Manea is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Genetics, Obstetrics & Gynecology
300 Shire Way
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Gabriel Cohn is a genetics and obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Springfield, MA and Lexington, MA. He accepts Medicaid insurance. Dr. Cohn's education and training includes medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University and residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include First Prize Paper; CREOG, APGO Annual Meeting; National Faculty Award For Excellence; and Resident Education, Creog. Dr. Cohn is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
30 Warren Street
Brighton, MA
 

Dr. Alanna Burke works as a pediatric geneticist. Dr. Burke (or staff) speaks Sign Language, Spanish, and Portuguese. Dr. Burke graduated from the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is in-network for Aetna, Medicaid, and Tufts Health Plan insurance. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Burke's office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, Genetics
135 Beaver Street
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Philip Reilly's area of specialization is genetics. He takes Medicaid insurance. He is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Reilly's training includes a residency program at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Reilly is closed to new patients at this time.

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Specializes in Clinical Cytogenetics, Other, Pediatric Genetics
51 Pinecroft Road
Weston, MA
 

Dr. Celeste Krauss' areas of specialization are clinical cytogenetics and pediatric genetics. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: Principle Investigator, Cystic Fibrosis Screening; Public Education Award, March Of Dimes; and Ob-Gyn Staff Achievement Award, Preconception. Unfortunately, Dr. Krauss is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, Genetics
307 Waverley Oaks Road; Suite 101
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. David Margulies practices genetics. Dr. Margulies attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. He honors Medicaid insurance. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Boston. Unfortunately, Dr. Margulies is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Specializes in Pediatrics, Genetics
40 Second Ave 520
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Rhonda Spiro practices genetics. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago, Dr. Spiro attended medical school at Duke University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
56 Hobson Street
Brighton, MA
 

Dr. Pierre Bitoun is a pediatric genetics specialist. He is in-network for Medicaid insurance. His medical residency was performed at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Bitoun has received professional recognition including the following: Physician Recognition Award (AMA). His practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Genetics
2014 Washington Street
Newton, MA
 

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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.