We found 22 genetics specialists near Waltham, MA.

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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's area of specialization is pediatric genetics. She offers interpreting services for her patients. Dr. Nowak is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. She attended McGill University Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. She takes several insurance carriers, including Neighborhood Health Plan, Aetna, and Medicaid. 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 is a physician who specializes in pediatric genetics. Before completing her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Pauker attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. She has indicated that her clinical interests include marfan syndrome. Dr. Pauker has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Pauker accepts Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Jonas Salk Memorial Award; March Of Dimes; and Emmy Award. Dr. Pauker (or staff) speaks Sign Language. She also offers interpreting services for her patients. Dr. Pauker is professionally affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Atrius Health, and Massachusetts General Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Teaching, Marfan Syndrome

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

Dr. Amy Kritzer's areas of specialization are medical biochemical genetics and pediatric genetics. Her professional affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Kritzer attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then went on to complete her residency at Floating Hospital for Children. She takes Medicare insurance. She has received professional recognition including the following: ACMG/Genzyme Fellowship for Biochemical Genetics. Unfortunately, Dr. Kritzer is not currently accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Metabolism

Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
30 Warren Street
Brighton, MA
 

Dr. Jane O'Brien is a pediatric genetics specialist in Brighton, MA and Boston, MA. Dr. O'Brien (or staff) is conversant in Spanish. She also offers interpreting services for her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: genetic disorders and autism. Dr. O'Brien is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. She graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. O'Brien completed a residency program at Tufts Medical Center. Cigna, Aetna, and Medicaid are among the insurance carriers that Dr. O'Brien honors. She has received professional recognition including the following: Pediatric Resident Teaching Award, 1991 Boston Medical Center.. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Genetic Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Autism

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 pediatric genetics specialist in Waltham, MA, Peabody, MA, and Boston, MA. She is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. Smith is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. She trained at Tufts Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center for residency. She is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Clinical interests: Genetic Issues

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

Dr. Matthew Fickie, who practices in Cambridge, MA and Waltham, MA, is a medical specialist in pediatric genetics. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and Medicaid, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fickie graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He trained at the University of Missouri Health System for residency. He is affiliated with Mount Auburn Hospital. Dr. Fickie welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Susan Manea practices pediatric genetics and developmental-behavioral pediatrics in Waltham, MA and Canton, MA. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine for residency. Dr. Manea is an in-network provider for Aetna, Medicaid, and Tufts Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Manea's practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Genetics, Obstetrics & Gynecology
9 Fourth Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Gabriel Cohn is a specialist in genetics and obstetrics & gynecology. He graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University. He trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University for residency. Dr. Cohn has received the following distinctions: First Prize Paper; CREOG, APGO Annual Meeting; and National Faculty Award For Excellence in Resident Education, Creog. He has a closed panel.

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Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
30 Warren Street
Brighton, MA
 

Dr. Alanna Burke sees patients in Brighton, MA. Her medical specialty is pediatric genetics. She honors several insurance carriers, including Neighborhood Health Plan, Aetna, and Medicaid. Dr. Burke graduated from the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Burke (or staff) is conversant in Sign Language, Spanish, and Portuguese. She is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Clinical Pathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology, Medical Microbiology
2014 Washington Street; Department of Pathology
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Mihae Platt's areas of specialization are clinical pathology, molecular genetic pathology, and medical microbiology. Before performing her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Platt attended Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Platt honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. She is affiliated with Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Platt is not currently accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Philip Reilly is a genetics specialist. He is in-network for Medicaid insurance. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients. Dr. Reilly's education and training includes medical school at Yale School of Medicine and residency at Boston Medical Center.

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

Dr. Celeste Krauss practices clinical cytogenetics and pediatric genetics in Weston, MA. She graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. She has received distinctions including Principle Investigator, Cystic Fibrosis Screening; Medical Specialties Staff Achievement Award, Providing Genetic Counseling Services; and Public Education Award, March Of Dimes. Dr. Krauss is not currently accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
56 Hobson Street
Brighton, MA
 

Dr. Pierre Bitoun is a physician who specializes in pediatric genetics. He accepts the following insurance: Cigna and Medicaid. He completed his residency training at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Bitoun has received professional recognition including the following: Ama Physician Recognition Award and Physician Recognition Award (AMA). Dr. Bitoun's practice is open to new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. Rhonda Spiro specializes in genetics. Her education and training includes medical school at Duke University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago.

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Specializes in Genetics
330 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, 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.
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