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 practices pediatric genetics. Dr. Nowak offers interpreting services for her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, Shriners Hospital For Children, and Children's Hospital Boston. Before completing her residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Nowak attended medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine. She takes Neighborhood Health Plan, Aetna, and Medicaid, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nowak is accepting 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 specialist in pediatric genetics. Dr. Pauker's clinical interests encompass marfan syndrome. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna. Dr. Pauker obtained her medical school training at Tufts University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has received the following distinctions: 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 Harvard Vanguard Watertown, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Massachusetts General Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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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 specializes in medical biochemical genetics and pediatric genetics. She is in-network for Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, she performed her residency at Floating Hospital for Children. Dr. Kritzer has received the following distinction: ACMG/Genzyme Fellowship for Biochemical Genetics. Her professional affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. She 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's specialty is pediatric genetics. Dr. O'Brien (or staff) speaks Spanish. She also offers interpreting services for her patients. In her practice, Dr. O'Brien focuses on genetic disorders and autism. Her professional affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. O'Brien graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Tufts Medical Center. She takes Cigna, Aetna, Medicaid, and more. She has received the following distinction: Pediatric Resident Teaching Award, 1991 Boston Medical Center.. She welcomes 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's medical specialty is pediatric genetics. Before completing her residency at Tufts Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Smith attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Smith is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital. She has a closed panel.

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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 specializes in pediatric genetics and practices in Cambridge, MA and Waltham, MA. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and Medicaid. Before performing his residency at the University of Missouri Health System, Dr. Fickie attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Mount Auburn Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Fickie's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Susan Manea, who practices in Waltham, MA and Canton, MA, is a medical specialist in pediatric genetics and developmental-behavioral pediatrics. She accepts Aetna, Medicaid, Tufts Health Plan, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Manea is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Manea welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Gabriel Cohn's areas of specialization are genetics and obstetrics & gynecology; he sees patients in Springfield, MA and Waltham, MA. He attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. For his professional training, Dr. Cohn completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include First Prize Paper; CREOG, APGO Annual Meeting; and National Faculty Award For Excellence in Resident Education, Creog. Dr. Cohn has a closed panel.

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Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
30 Warren Street
Brighton, MA
 

Dr. Alanna Burke works as a pediatric geneticist in Brighton, MA. She honors Neighborhood Health Plan, Aetna, Medicaid, and more. She graduated from the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Burke trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Burke (or staff) speaks Sign Language, Spanish, and Portuguese. She is accepting new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. Mihae Platt, who practices in Newton, MA and Boston, MA, is a medical specialist in clinical pathology, molecular genetic pathology, and medical microbiology. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Dr. Platt's education and training includes medical school at Yale School of Medicine and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is professionally affiliated with Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She is closed to new patients at this time.

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

Dr. Philip Reilly is a genetics specialist in Waltham, MA and Boston, MA. Dr. Reilly honors Medicaid insurance. After attending Yale School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Boston Medical Center. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Celeste Krauss is a specialist in clinical cytogenetics and pediatric genetics. She is a graduate of 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. Unfortunately, Dr. Krauss is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
56 Hobson Street
Brighton, MA
 

Dr. Pierre Bitoun's medical specialty is pediatric genetics. He accepts the following insurance: Cigna and Medicaid. He trained at Tufts Medical Center for residency. Dr. Bitoun has received the following distinctions: Ama Physician Recognition Award and Physician Recognition Award (AMA). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Rhonda Spiro practices 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 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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