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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 specializes in pediatric genetics and practices in Waltham, MA and Peabody, MA. Dr. Nowak is an in-network provider for Neighborhood Health Plan, Aetna, and Medicaid, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at McGill University Faculty of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at UMass Memorial Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: **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. Her practice is open to new patients.

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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 pediatric geneticist in Boston, MA and Watertown, MA. She has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Pauker's clinical interests encompass marfan syndrome. She is professionally affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Massachusetts General Hospital. Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pauker accepts. She has an open panel. Her education and training includes medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Pauker has received distinctions including 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.

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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 area of specialization is pediatric genetics. She has a special interest in genetic disorders and autism. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. O'Brien is an in-network provider for Cigna, Aetna, and Medicaid, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. O'Brien is open to new patients. She obtained her medical school training at Tufts University School of Medicine and 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 is a Boston, MA physician who specializes in pediatric genetics and clinical biochemical genetics. She takes Aetna, Medicaid, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care insurance. Dr. Fearing is open to new patients. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University, Dr. Fearing attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. Her distinctions include: Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.; Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism Award.; and Recipient.

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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's specialty is pediatric genetics. She honors Medicaid insurance. After completing medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Smith performed her residency at Tufts Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Genetic Issues

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

Dr. Matthew Fickie specializes in pediatric genetics and practices in Waltham, MA. He is affiliated with Mount Auburn Hospital. He attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Missouri Health System. Dr. Fickie is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare insurance. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Susan Manea's areas of specialization are pediatric genetics and developmental-behavioral pediatrics; she sees patients in Waltham, MA and Canton, MA. Dr. Manea is professionally 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. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Tufts Health Plan. She is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Gabriel Cohn sees patients in Springfield, MA and Lexington, MA. His medical specialties are genetics and obstetrics & gynecology. He attended SUNY Upstate Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. He is an in-network provider for Medicaid insurance. Dr. Cohn has received professional recognition including the following: First Prize Paper; CREOG, APGO Annual Meeting; National Faculty Award For Excellence; and Resident Education, Creog. He has an open panel.

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Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
30 Warren Street
Brighton, MA
 

Dr. Alanna Burke practices pediatric genetics in Brighton, MA. She is an in-network provider for Aetna, Medicaid, and Tufts Health Plan insurance. Dr. Burke has an open panel. After completing medical school at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine, she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Burke (or staff) is conversant in Sign Language, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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

Dr. Philip Reilly's medical specialty is genetics. He takes Medicaid insurance. Dr. Reilly attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. He trained at Boston Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Reilly is not accepting 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. Dr. Krauss has a closed panel. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Krauss include: Principle Investigator, Cystic Fibrosis Screening; Public Education Award, March Of Dimes; and Ob-Gyn Staff Achievement Award, Preconception.

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

Dr. David Margulies sees patients in Waltham, MA and Boston, MA. His medical specialty is genetics. Dr. Margulies takes Medicaid insurance. He graduated from Harvard Medical School. 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 specializes in genetics. After attending Duke University School of Medicine, Dr. Spiro completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago.

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Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
56 Hobson Street
Brighton, MA
 

Dr. Pierre Bitoun is a specialist in pediatric genetics. He works in Brighton, MA. For his residency, Dr. Bitoun trained at Tufts Medical Center. He accepts Medicaid insurance. He has received the distinction of Physician Recognition Award (AMA). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Genetics
2014 Washington Street
Newton, MA
 

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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.