We found 4 genetics specialists who accept HFN PPO near Saint Louis, MO.

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Dr. Marcia Christine Willing, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
1 Childrens Place; Suite C
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Marcia Willing is a medical specialist in pediatric genetics. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Willing accepts. After completing medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Willing's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Metabolic Disorders, Genetic Counseling, Marfan Syndrome, Birth Defects

Dr. Dorothy Katherine Grange, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Dorothy Grange practices pediatric genetics. She is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Grange obtained her medical school training at the University of Florida College of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Clinical interests: Metabolic Disorders, Chromosomal Disorders, Genetic Counseling, Marfan Syndrome, Birth Defects, ... (Read more)

Dr. Diana Lee Gray, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Genetics, Gynecology
4921 Parkview Place; 5th Floor
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Diana Gray's medical specialty is genetics, obstetrics, and gynecology. She attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then went on to complete her residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. She has indicated that her clinical interests include prenatal diagnosis and ultrasound (sonogram). Dr. Gray takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gray is affiliated with Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Prenatal Ultrasound, Down Syndrome, Ultrasound, Pregnancy, Genetic Counseling, Prenatal Diagnosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. James P Crane, MD
Specializes in Genetics
660 South Euclid Avenue; Campus Box 8081
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. James Crane specializes in genetics. He has a special interest in ultrasound (sonogram). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After attending Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Crane completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Crane is affiliated with Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is not currently accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Prenatal Ultrasound, Down Syndrome, Ultrasound, Prenatal Diagnosis, Birth Defects

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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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