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We found 5 genetics specialists who accept HFN PPO near Saint Louis, MO.

Dr. Marcia Christine Willing MD PhD, PhD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
1 Childrens Place; Suite C
Saint Louis, MO
(314) 454-6093

Dr. Marcia Willing is a physician who specializes in pediatric genetics. Dr. Willing accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before performing her residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Willing attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Genetic counseling, hereditary connective tissue disorders, pediatric bone mineral conditions, ... (Read more)

Dr. Diana Lee Gray MD
Specializes in Genetics, Obstetrics, Gynecology
4921 Parkview Place; 5th Floor
Saint Louis, MO
(314) 454-8181; (314) 996-6000

Dr. Diana Gray sees patients in Saint Louis, MO. Her medical specialties are genetics, obstetrics, and gynecology. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. She trained at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis for residency. In Dr. Gray's practice, she is particularly interested in prenatal diagnosis and ultrasound (sonogram). She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She is professionally affiliated with Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Diagnosis of genetic disorders, neural tube defects, ventral wall defects, genetic amniocentesis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Dorothy Katherine Grange MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
(314) 454-6093

Dr. Dorothy Grange works as a pediatric geneticist in Saint Louis, MO. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Grange is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She is affiliated with Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: medical genetics, genetic disease, genetic counseling, inherited disorders, inborn errors of ... (Read more)

Dr. Marwan Suleman Shinawi MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
1 Childrens Place; Suite C
Saint Louis, MO
(314) 454-6093

Dr. Marwan Shinawi, who practices in Saint Louis, MO, is a medical specialist in pediatric genetics. Dr. Shinawi is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. After attending Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Rambam Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Hebrew. He is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Clinical interests: genetic counseling, birth defects, screening for newborns, inborn metabolic diseases, genetic ... (Read more)

Dr. James P Crane MD
Specializes in Genetics
660 South Euclid Avenue; Campus Box 8081
Saint Louis, MO
(314) 454-8181; (314) 362-6249

Dr. James Crane specializes in genetics and practices in Saint Louis, MO. In his practice, Dr. Crane focuses on ultrasound (sonogram). Dr. Crane's professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He attended Indiana University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. Dr. Crane takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He has a closed panel.

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Clinical interests: Genetic amniocentesis, prenatal ultrasound, ultrasound screening, Down syndrome, neural tube ... (Read more)


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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.